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Piepmeier, Olivia and Stephanie Grimm, eds. Comics and Critical Librarianship: Reframing the narrative in academic libraries. Sacramento: Library Juice Pr. 2019. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-63400-080-2
BibTeX citation key: Piepmeier2019
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Categories: General
Keywords: Collection of essays, Library
Creators: Grimm, Piepmeier
Publisher: Library Juice Pr. (Sacramento)
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Though it is still not uncommon to hear the question "Comics? In libraries?!", comics collections have existed in academic institutions for over fifty years. Libraries have taken a variety of approaches to address differing philosophies and needs for their collections, but discourse has typically focused on the practical concerns of management and organization, considering the best ways to collect, catalog, shelve, and share comic books and trades, graphic novels, and more.
As a growing body of practice and scholarship, critical librarianship provides essential perspectives on the power structures, systems, and social justice concerns within libraries. This edited work considers comics librarianship through the lens of critical librarianship, focusing on work done in and around the academic library. While questions like "where do we buy comics?" and "how do we house them?" seem sufficiently addressed, such questions of collection management and organization, teaching, and outreach often lack a critical perspective. How and why should comics support and challenge research collections? In what ways can comics unsettle some of our traditional considerations of teaching and outreach? Furthermore, how does our language of organization and classification serve to marginalize or canonize comics works? And what might be revealed by post-colonial, feminist, or critical race readings of our practices?
Whether a seasoned comics librarian or a comics fan with a budding interest in the field, readers will find that Reframing the Narrative provides a holistic consideration of comics librarianship practices with a critical edge. Presented through case studies, original research and essays, and personal reflection, the book engages with topics from collection and cataloging to teaching and outreach, with contributors representing academic libraries and academic archival collections of varying sizes and populations across the United States and Canada.
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