NEW GUIDE HELPS YOUNG ADULT LIBRARIANS CREATE GRAPHIC NOVEL AND MANGA COLLECTION THAT READERS WILL LOVE Tuesday, Sep 7 2010
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September 7, 2010 (New York, NY) – Some historians believe that Egyptian hieroglyphics, Mayan murals, and Bayeux tapestries are the earliest examples of comics. Whenever and wherever the timeline for graphic novels began, these books have a long and intricate history. Today, there is a great deal of enthusiasm (and some confusion) about the place of graphic novels in libraries. Library Collections for Teens: Manga and Graphic Novels, the first book to be co-published by Neal Schuman Publishers and VOYA Press on October 15, 2010, is an authoritative guide that will help librarians better serve their young adult readers with a commanding knowledge of graphic novels.
Teen librarians and graphic-novel enthusiasts Kristin Fletcher-Spear and Merideth Jenson-Benjamin share all the information librarians need to have for managing their collections of this unique narrative form and for advising their young patrons. They begin with a brief overview of the history of American graphic novels and comics and the evolution of manga, the Japanese graphic novel. Next, they describe graphic novels in a library context, offering advice on defending these narratives, collection development and management, evaluating a graphic novel for purchase, purchasing options, mending the books, and programming with graphic novels. They include sample activities, charts, pictures, a glossary of terms, and carefully selected lists of recommended graphic novels.
VOYA Editor-in Chief RoseMary Honnold says, “Library Collections for Teens: Manga and Graphic Novels is the guide I was looking for when starting a teen graphic novel collection. The authors answer all the questions librarians have about creating an exciting and popular graphic collection teens will love. The engaging activities and fascinating history included in this indispensable guide will give readers the confidence to discuss this popular format in depth with teens.” The book is an essential resource for young adult librarians
8.5 x 11 | 175 pp. | $55.00
About the Authors
Kristin Fletcher-Spear is a teen librarian at the Foothills Branch Library in Glendale, Arizona. She reviews graphic novels for a variety of publications, including VOYA, and has written several articles on anime and graphic novels.
Merideth Jenson-Benjamin is a teen librarian at the Glendale Public Library in Glendale, Arizona. She reviews graphic novels and other materials for publications, including VOYA. She has served as a panel member at Comic-Con International: San Diego.
About Neal-Schuman Publishers
Neal-Schuman Publishers is a leading publisher of professional books for librarians, archivists and knowledge managers. Founded in 1976, Neal-Schuman Publishers is based in New York City, with offices in London, UK.
About VOYA Press
VOYA was founded in 1978 as a bimonthly journal and remains the only magazine that exclusively focuses on the informational needs of teenagers and professionals who work with young adults. It is owned by E L Kurdyla Publishing LLC which also publishes Teacher Librarian: the Journal for School Library Professionals and various book imprints including Teacher Librarian Press and 4th Division Press.
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