About Us

In which the mysterious origins of The League of Comics Librarians are finally revealed.

It was a particularly rainy afternoon in Seattle, Washington in the spring of 2011.  All was quiet on campus of the University of Washington – students were busy studying and faculty were hard at work grading papers.  But over at the iSchool, wheels were turning and monumental events were set in motion.  A plan was forming.

Four library students joined forces to  embark on a quest to explain comics to librarians, and librarians to comics fans.  We are Sarah Barrett – The Tech Wizard, Megan Willan – The Readers’ Advisory Guru, Ryer Banta – The Instruction Whisperer and Andrew Brink – Mr. Classified.  This blog grew out of a project in thesauri construction and readers’ advisory. We had so much fun, we just couldn’t stop.

This project is still getting off the ground, but we’re interested in any and all feedback/ideas/pitches/etc!

Email us at league@leagueofcomicslibrarians.com

2 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Hi.

    I was wondering if you had any suggestions as to how a small comic company could get its graphic novels into a public library?

    • Jason,
      I have never worked as a selections librarian, and there is no fool proof way to get your material in a library, besides putting out something everyone wants to read. But I do have a few insights for you. First, get reviewed. Most libraries have selection policies to so that their selections can be justified in the case of challenges. Sometimes those policies require a certain number of positive published reviews. Look into getting your work reviewed by trade journals like Library Journal. Getting the name of your company and your titles in front of bloggers in the library community is a good way to raise the interest of librarians.

      Like any business making personal connections helps. A way to make that connection is to start local and offer a free, or relatively cheap program. Consider getting your authors or artists to give how to draw or write programs to teens. Present programing about graphic novels at Library conferences, there are usually national and state conferences where you can get a vendor table, or apply to be a presenter.

      Finally, ask your regular readers to request their local library carry their favorite title. The winning combination is make great graphic novels and get them in front of librarians or patrons who will request them.

      -Megan

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