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The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels
Francisca Goldsmith
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1008-5
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $46.00
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136 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1008-5
Year Published: 2010
AP Categories: A, C, E

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Graphic novels have found a place on library shelves but many librarians struggle to move this expanding body of intellectual, aesthetic, and entertaining literature into the mainstream of library materials. This guide includes
  • A short course in graphic novels, along with reading lists and professional tools
  • Tips on advising graphic novel readers on what to read next
  • Suggestions for introducing graphic novels to those patrons unacquainted with them
  • Advice on promoting your graphic novels collection
With energy and commitment born of professional experience and a deep love for graphic novels, Goldsmith provides the first guide to the genre aimed specifically at readers’ advisors, while presenting an abundance of resources useful to every librarian.
Table of Contents


1. What’s Special about Graphic Novels: A Background for Readers’ Advisors

2. Pushing Graphic Novel Advice to Readers

3. Moving Comics Readers from One Graphic Novel to the Next

4. Moving Traditional Readers toward Graphic Novel Options

5. Moving between Graphic Novels and Media, between Media and Graphic Novels

6. Books to Know, Part A : Genres and Topics

7. Books to Know, Part B: Themes and Other Ranganathanian Subtleties

8. Professional Tools: Bibliographies, Webliographies, and Guides for the Advisor


A: A Short Course for the Advisor New to Graphic Novels

B: Basic Manga Terms


About the Author

Francisca Goldsmith has been working with readers, potential readers, and graphic novels in libraries for more than 20 years. An active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association, she helped to facilitate ALA’s first graphic-novel-focused preconference in 2002, and she organized a sequential-art-themed preconference at YALSA’s first Young Adult Literature Symposium in 2008. She teaches library staff members who are becoming familiar with graphic novels through YALSA and the California State Library’s Infopeople Project. She is the author of Graphic Novels Now: Building, Managing, and Marketing a Dynamic Collection (American Library Association, 2005). By day, she’s the director of branch services of Halifax Public Libraries in Nova Scotia. She was chosen to serve as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards at Comic-Con 2010.


"Goldsmith’s distinctive approach addresses a gap in the literature ... Recommended."
--Library Journal

"The American Library Association (ALA) adds another excellent and, in this case, much-needed volume to its readers' advisory library with this succinct guide ... a valuable and quite readable resource that belongs in every library's professional collection."

"The author clearly enjoys all types of graphic novels, and her lively narrative encourages that appreciation in others... Besides being an outstanding primer for novices in graphic-novel readers’ advisory, the book can also be used for collection development. It should be part of all professional collections."
--School Library Journal

“This vast array of choices should make it feasible to match up almost any reader with something suitable, so individual chapters address how to push graphic novels, how to transition readers to more sophisticated offerings and options, and how to encourage patrons to branch out into nonprint formats.”

"This book would be useful for those who need to know about graphic novels, but its broad coverage means that it is not only for newcomers to the field."
--The Australian Library Journal

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