The Power of Manga, Comics, & Graphic Novels through the Lens of the AASL Standards Frameworks for Learners

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. Central

Using the lens of the AASL Standards Frameworks for Learners, we will examine the role of manga, comics, and graphic novels to promote literacy and learning. Participants will not only learn about the power of these genres but they will also be exposed to the language of the AASL Shared Foundations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will gain the knowledge and tools required to foster a culture of reading and advocate for the acceptance of manga, comics, and graphic novels in their collections.
  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the connections manga, comics, and graphic novels have to learning and critical thinking.
  • Participants will be empowered to support learner growth and personalize learning experiences.  

Who Should Attend

School library professionals and those interested in the topic.


Jillian Ehlers

Jillian Ehlers is the school librarian at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, grades 6-12, in New York City. She is the Co-Chair of Programming for the AASL National Conference Committee and the Vice President of Programming for the New York City School Librarians' Association. She was an ALA Emerging Leader and the recipient of the AASL Inspire Special Event Grant.
Juan RiveraJuan Rivera is the librarian at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in West Harlem, where he has worked to create a culture of reading and connect the library to community resources. He is a member of the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries for the New York State Educational Department and was named a 2018 ALA Emerging Leader. He was recently invited to participate in the ALA Organizational Effectiveness Steering Committee and the AASL Social Media Editorial board. He is passionate about how libraries and librarians transform lives and communities.



Attendance during the live webinar is complimentary and open to all.

Complimentary access to the webinar archive is reserved for AASL members and subscribers of AASL eCOLLAB. Non-members and non-subscribers may purchase the webinar archive via AASL eCOLLAB. The archive is typically available within 1–3 business days of the live event.

How to Register

Register via Zoom. To join the webinar, use the personalized access link included in your registration confirmation or webinar reminders. (Review ALA’s personal data notification [PDN] before proceeding.)

As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow-up correspondence from AASL specifically related to this webinar (including, but not limited to, instructions for accessing both the live webinar and its archived recording) as well as information about other upcoming AASL eLearning. 

Tech Requirements

Internet connection and web browser.


A certificate of participation will be provided to attendees of the live webinar by request. To request a certificate of participation after the webinar, please email Jennifer Habley. Certificates will be sent as PDFs via email within one week of the webinar.


Jennifer Habley
AASL Manager, Web Communications