The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table is always busy - this provides a lot of opportunities for you to get involved! The energy and involvement of GNCRT members is what keeps our projects running and if you have time we’d love your help. .
Volunteering with the GNCRT
Volunteer applications are now open for the 2021 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Juries. Volunteer applications are due by December 16, 2020 and appointments are expected to be made by January 1, 2021. APPLY NOW!
Currently we are recruiting volunteers for the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries juries - Innovation Grant and Growth Grant. The three $4,000 grants - one Innovation Grant and two Growth Grants - are awarded to libraries in North American (United States, Canada, Mexico) who wish to expand their comics collections and programs to enrich their communities. The Innovation Grant is awarded to a library beginning a new project, while the Growth Grants are awarded to libraries developing their existing collections and programs in interesting and innovative ways.
The juries’ work consists of reviewing and assessing grant applications using a provided rubric, and then discussing jurists’ favorites to determine winning libraries. Time commitment is modest and will occur primarily in January and February. Volunteering is a great opportunity for national-level service, to meet other librarians with an interest in comics, and to find ideas you might implement at your own library.
Recently we switched over to a project-based approach to volunteering. This means that we can have more flexibility in time commitments and work-loads for all of our volunteers. We have shorter projects that will require volunteers to work over a few weeks or months or on-going projects for volunteers that have the time and want to dig into something with a longer arc. We’re also working on identifying one-shot projects that volunteers can tackle on a project by project basis. Ideally this approach will make it easier to identify new projects, work more efficiently and focus on the needs of our members and the larger community. Below you can find examples of current projects - some open and some wrapped up.
Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Juries
Currently we are also recruiting volunteers for the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries juries - Innovation Grant and Growth Grant. Please note that this is a separate application from our other volunteer applications. If you would like to volunteer to serve on one of these two juries please complete the volunteer form below:
- Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries - Innovation Grant Jury
- Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries - Growth Grant Jury
Best Graphic Novels Reading Lists Selection Committees
- Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List - this is a selection list and the volunteer commitment for it is more of a traditional committee appointment. Appointments have been made.
- Best Graphic Novels for Children Reading List - this is a selection list and the volunteer commitment for it is more of a traditional committee appointment. Appointments have been made.
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