Adding Some Bam! Pow! Boom! To Your Outreach with Comics

Martin, John Edward
Griffith, Bobby
Condrey, Coby
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This roundtable discussion will cover aspects of outreach with comics and graphic novels collections in an academic setting. Comics are lurking throughout libraries—in dedicated comic collections but also in government documents, rare or special collections, music collections, and media collections. Over the past two years, UNT Libraries has engaged its patrons and the wider community through education, outreach, and collection development initiatives using comics and graphic novels as the focus of conversation. Library staff have a comics studies reading group and blog, collaborate with faculty to produce programs, host events and exhibits, maintain social media channels, and routinely recommend and acquire additions to the collection. These efforts have provided a means to keep momentum energetic and discussions active that support teaching, learning and research using materials that may be relatively new to academic audiences.