GNCRT Round Table


GNCRT @ ALA Annual 2021


June 2021 Updates

GNCRT Panels & Programming

  • Manga in Libraries - Many librarians find themselves with lots of unanswered questions about manga readership, manga collection development, manga programming, and more. These questions will be answered by experts in a series of webinars about Manga in Libraries. We're pleased to co-sponsor this series of webinars with the New York City School Librarians Association focused on manga in libraries. Information about registration, upcoming sessions and panel recordings are available on the Panels & Programming page.
  • BCALA & GNCRT Collab Continues! Keep up with upcoming online sessions and catch recordings of previous sessions. NEXT UP: Infinitum and Beyond, Thursday, June 24, 2021 – 6pm – 8pm CT REGISTER NOW
  • LibcomixOnline wraps the 2021 Spring Programming - All of the LibcomixOnline webinars and panels are done for the season. You can find recordings and resources from the Spring  sessions as well as previous sessions on the LibcomixOnline page.

GNCRT Resources & Toolkits

GNCRT Professional Development

  • In April the 2021 recipients of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries were announced. Congratulations to the University of Denver Libraries, the Kansas City Pulic Library North-East Branch, and the University of Southern Mississippi. We will be celebrating these winning projects during ALA Annual Virtual.

GNCRT Outreach

  • GNCRT Members should be receiving the GNCRT Newsletter in their email inboxes monthly. If you aren't check your communication settings in your ALA membership profile or you may need to resubscribe online. You can also catch past issues in the GNCRT Newsletter Archive.

Upcoming GNCRT 2020-2021 Board Meetings & Welcome our New Board 

July 1, 2020 starts a new Board year for GNCRT. Please welcome our new incoming Board for 2020-2021, with great thanks to our inaugural 2019-2020 Board.

Also, please save the dates for our 2020-2021 Board Meetings:

  • Sun July 12, 2020 11am-12pm CT

  • Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:30-4:30pm CT

  • Sun Sept 13, 2020 11am-12pm CT (Quarterly)

  • Mon Oct 12, 2020 6-7pm CT

  • Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:30-4:30pm CT

  • Sun Dec 13, 2020 11am-12pm CT (Quarterly)

  • Sun Jan 10, 2021 11am-12pm CT

  • Mon Feb 8, 2021 6-7pm CT

  • Sun Mar 14, 2021 11am-12pm CT (Quarterly)

  • Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:30-4:30pm CT

  • Mon May 10, 2021 6-7pm CT

  • Sun June 13, 2021 11am-12pm CT (Quarterly)

GNCRT events and news for ALA Virtual 2020 June 24-26, 2020 

June 23, 2020 

If you're attending ALA Virtual be sure to check out the GNCRT President's Program: A (Comics) History in the Making!

Comics have changed dramatically over the last twenty years and are now broadly accepted and celebrated. As they continue to infuse the mainstream, comics increasingly share stories from diverse communities around the world that provide insights into both those communities' struggles and celebrations. But in these challenging times, we're seeing how societal inequities continue to exist as they always have or are worsened by the pandemic.

Join Malaka Gharib (I Was Their American Dream) and Tasha Spillet-Sumner (From the Roots Up) in conversation with incoming GNCRT President Alea Perez as they discuss where we find ourselves as members of the comics community trying to navigate a new reality, what we can do to use this historical moment to move our individual communities forward towards real change, and how creators can use their stories to not only entertain, but also to enlighten and inspire action.

And stop by the GNCRT Virtual Booth!

And now you can show your GNCRT support - even at home!

Be a library superhero in our tee shirts from the ALA store!

You can also snag these super-cool 'I Read Banned Comics' tech tattooes to snazz-up your laptop and other devices!

GNCRT announces launch of collaborative Black Lives Matter comics reading list with BCALA

June 9, 2020 

Press Release > 

Current list with comics, graphic novels, and picture books for kids, teens, and adults >

GNCRT Affirms ALA Executive Board Statement Standing with BCALA

June 1, 2020

The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association affirms the ALA Executive Board's statement and stands in support of not only the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, but also the Black community at large. Together with BCALA, we are developing a book list that draws attention to the Black experience of the past and present to demand a new future for our Black friends and neighbors. The United States has a long history of violence against the Black community and white supremacy is laid into the foundation of our societal contract. We must not stand by in silence as lives continue to be unnecessarily taken.

Join us. Say his name. Rest in Power, George Floyd.


ALA Executive Board stands with BCALA in condemning violence and racism towards Black people and all People of Color

CHICAGO  — The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) stands with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) in condemning violence and racism towards Black people and all People of Color.

The ALA Executive Board endorses BCALA’s May 28 statement, in which the caucus decries the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Department officers and cites Floyd’s death as “the latest in a long line of recent and historical violence against Black people in the United States.”

The ALA Executive Board stands in solidarity with BCALA, with library workers, with library users, and with members of the communities we serve and support who are susceptible to acts of prejudice, threats of violence, and even death based solely on their race or ethnicity. The pervasive racism present in our nation denies its residents equal rights and equal access and as such is a barrier to the goals of this association and to the wider profession.

Wherever it resides, racism leads to degradation. It weakens our institutions and destroys our communities and is one of the greatest obstacles to the American Library Association’s mission “to enhance learning and ensure access to information to all.”

Diversity is one of ALA’s key commitments and guiding principles. For this reason, the Executive Board calls on library and information services leaders, staff, and advocates of all races and backgrounds to abolish racism against Black people and against all People of Color and to see to it that it has no place in our institutions, our policies, our practices, or our behaviors.

Just as the BCALA statement urged its members to take “proactive and preventative measures in the fight against racism” such as participating in protest and other forms of activism, promoting and creating anti-racist media content, becoming actively engaged in local policy development, exercising the right to vote, or “running for office to be a voice for historically disenfranchised groups,” the ALA Executive Board similarly calls on the entire association to work against racial bias and prejudice actively and intentionally through one or more of these means.

The Executive Board therefore urges ALA members and member organizations, members of the wider LIS community, and library institutions everywhere to join it and BCALA in condemning the systemic and systematic social injustices endured by Black people and People of Color and in working not only responsively, but also preemptively, to eradicate racism anywhere and everywhere it exists.

BCALA Statement Condemning Increased Violence and Racism Towards Black Americans and People of Color

Asian Pacific American Librarians Association statement

How to Talk about Race and other recorded webinars and resources from ALA’s Office of Diversity and Literary Outreach Services

Association of College and Research Libraries’ Keeping up with… Microaggressions and Implicit Bias

Public Library Association’s recorded webinar Understanding Power, Identity, and Oppression in the Public Library

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation from ALA’s Public Programming Office‘s Great Stories Club

GNCRT announces the winners of the 2020 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

May 27, 2020 

Press Release >

Information on the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries > 

GNCRT announces #LibcomixOnline

March 25, 2020 

Press Release >

#LibcomixOnline page, including Guide to Reading Library Comics at Home & Creator Interviews  >

Publishers Weekly article >

GNCRT announces new Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List starting in 2020 - nominations OPEN! 

Jan 2, 2020 

Press Release >

Read something good while sheltering at home? Nominate titles here > Eligible graphic novels for the 2020 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List will include all fiction and non-fiction titles published between September 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020 that appeal to adults age 19 or older. 

About Us 

The Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association is dedicated to supporting library staff in all aspects of engaging with graphic novels and comics, including collection development, programming, and advocacy. With more than 1000+ members from all over North America - and colleagues in Australia, Europe, Latin America and more - we are committed to comics advocacy and library and educational work in all aspects and in all areas. We believe #comicsareforeveryone. For more information connect with GNCRT on Twitter: @libcomix; Instagram: @libcomix; Facebook: ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table group or the GNCRT ALA Connect page. Have a suggestion? Have a question? You can email us at


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