Tools and Resources


**You can find many of our webinars, including 2019's Banned Books Week series, on the GNCRT playlist on the ALA YouTube channel:

C2E2 LibComix Keynote: The Growth of the Graphic Memoir

The GNCRT kicked off  professional programming at C2E2 2019 with a Keynote conversation between award winning graphic author Lucy Knisley (Relish, Something New) and librarian extraordinaire Betsy Bird (Evanston Public Library and School Library Journal) as they talk comics, the growth of the graphic memoir, and Lucy's new nonfiction comic title, Kid Gloves. Our thanks to Lucy Knisley, Betsy Bird, and First Second.

Libraries, Comics and Superheroes of Color: Strengthening our Reading Communities

Comics have a valuable role in teaching literacy and are a format increasingly available at academic, public and school libraries. It is beautiful when we can promote reading through comics reflecting our communities of color. Our children, teens and people from all ages are empowered by the timely issues impacting our world and communities included in comics. Join us as we explore these realities on this webinar keynoted by Saladin Ahmed, Marvel writer on Magnificent Ms. Marvel and Miles Morales: Spider-Man, and with Chloe Ramos-Peterson, Library Marketing Coordinator at Image Comics, and Deirdre Hollman, educator and Founder and Creative Director of the Black Comics Collective.

Presented in partnership with the American Association of School Librarians, April 2019

Addressing the Gatekeepers: How to Turn Comic and Graphic Novel Skeptics Into Believers
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While many librarians and educators understand the value of comics and graphic novels, there are still those who need convincing. How do we get these resistant gatekeepers to open the doors and let comics in? This webinarwill give you tools to address concerns, dispel myths, and show the benefits that comics and graphic novels bring to classrooms and libraries. Learn how creators, publishers, and librarians have dealt with these issues. You’ll also hear from Betsy Gomez from the Banned Books Coalition and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, who will discuss Panel Power, a resource that addresses misconceptions about comics and explains how they support literacy. The panel is moderated by Emily Ratica, a high school Teacher Librarian in San Bernardino, CA and member of AASL’s Induction Program.

Comics Librarianship: Essential Tools for the School Librarian
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Comics are increasingly taught in schools and included in academic libraries and school librarianship presents its own unique challenges and requirements. In this discussion, teachers, creators, book distributors, and library experts will offer details on where to find quality reviews, collection development assistance, programming tools and ideas, and more!

Will Eisner Week 2019 Webinar