For immediate release | January 11, 2013

Thought leaders share insights on turning graphic novel naysayers into 'yaysayers'

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presents the newest set of podcasts in its 30 Second Thought Leadership: Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community series. The just released 30 Second series focuses on the January/February 2013 Knowledge Quest issue, “Getting to Know Graphic Novels,” and explores the question, “How can school librarians convince naysayers of the value of graphic novels and convert them to yaysayers?"

Those offering their insight include:

  • Karen Gavigan, assistant professor in the school of library and information science at the University of South Carolina and guest editor of the January/February 2013 Knowledge Quest issue.
  • Jarret Krosoczka, author and illustrator of picture books, graphic novels and chapter books for kids, such as “Ollie” and “Lunch Lady.”
  • Robin Moeller, assistant professor of library science at Appalachian State University and author of “Convincing the Naysayers…Why Graphic Novels Deserve a Place in the School Library” which appears in the January/February issue.
  • Mindy Tomasevich, school librarian at Mills Park Middle School in Cary, N.C., and author of the Knowledge Quest article, “Creating Super Learners: Bringing Graphic Novels into 6-12 Instruction.”

30 Second Thought Leadership features school librarian experts delivering brief and practical advice based on the themes of Knowledge Quest issues. Questions, current and archived videos and thought leader bios can be viewed at

Published bimonthly September through June by the American Association of School Librarians, Knowledge Quest is devoted to offering substantive information to assist building-level school librarians, supervisors, library educators and other decision makers concerned with the development of school library programs and services. Articles address the integration of theory and practice in school librarianship and new developments in education, learning theory, and relevant disciplines. Visit Knowledge Quest online at

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.


Jennifer Habley

Web Communications Manager

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

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