NCLA, for those who don't live my state, is the North Carolina Library Association, and its biennial conference was held last week in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. Events, workshops, sessions, posters, and a solid vendor presence make it an excellent opportunity to find resources and contacts relevant to whatever your library interests may be. Case in point: my informational haul on comics librarianship.
McFarland & Company, a Jefferson, NC-based publisher of academic texts on all topics, including an excellent-looking body of comics scholarship. Since I take the library angle, I was especially pleased to see editor Robert G. Weiner's Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries and Archives: Essays on Readers, Research, History and Cataloging, upon which I pounced immediately. Since I just purchased it a few days ago, I have yet to dig in, but I will surely post my thoughts when I've read it. My initial impression from the table of contents is that it has a lot to offer, and I'm looking forward particularly to read the section on "nomenclature and aesthetics" and the chapters on cataloging. There's even one on shelving strategies in public libraries -- words cannot express how excited I am about that!
|Amy Godfrey demonstrates |
how to use panels and gutters
on the Comics Contraption;
photo by Jennifer Lohmann
NCLA is a great support network for NC librarians and becoming better every day, and this year's conference demonstrated the need for folks like Amy, who is bringing comics to the people everyday, to demonstrate her methods to like-minded librarians. It also demonstrated the role that library conferences can play as venues for discussions about comics librarianship and its future.