So, this will most likely be my last post on this blog, as the semester is coming to a close and I have websites to redesign.
Nonetheless, I wanted to share some of my final thoughts and some articles I think would provide some insight.
While I enjoyed the class, it wasn’t exactly what I had signed up for. As an MLS student specifically focusing on youth services, I was expecting there to be more insight as to how graphic novels exist within a children’s department, thoughts on collection practices and just overall, more younger titles.
I was hoping that with our professor’s connections to the local public library, that we really would have had more interaction with them as well as their insight on collection development.
In our class of MLS students, I’m the newest in the bunch. So while I understand that 672 is a seminar, I really would’ve liked a more hands on approach from our professor. Whether it was when the discussion got out of hand, or simply setting a focus on how our readings affected youth. I know that this is the first time this course has been taught, but based on all the hype I got from one of the Deans and how awesome it was going to be, I was a little disappointed.
Now that I’ve probably put a sour taste in everyone’s mouth, I’m just going to briefly mention a few articles that I think would be vital to add to this class. Because I accessed them from school and printed them out, I will just print author and title. Also, rather than give you a long explanation, I’ll just give a brief summary as to why they may be important.
1) Defining Identities Through Multiliteracies: EL Teens Narrate their Immigration Experiences as Graphic Stories by Robin L. Danzak.
Liked this article for a few reasons, first being provided great great great programming idea that can be utilized in a library (though this is used in a school). I also really appreciated it because it talks about how Graphic Novels reaches a population we chose to not discuss this semester: non-native english speakers. (EL means english learners). I think that for all of the MLS students in this course, this is a must read
2) Discovering Greatness: YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens List by Joy Kim and Rachael Myers.
For the skeptic out there, who questions how librarians do what we do (we don’t just run around Barnes and Noble blind folded, just FYI) or for someone who has never heard of YALSA or the Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, this article provides insight as to how the books for the list are chosen, the importance of the list, and so on. My only complaint is that they continually cite one school library, which is at Horace Mann. I’m familiar with Horace Mann, and let me just say that the librarian there probably wants for nothing. So while it doesn’t provide insight as to how to afford the books, it does provide insight on how to collect feedback and utilize the list.
3)Expanding Literacies through Graphic Novels by Gretchen Schwarz.
Just a short article on how Graphic Novels develop both artistic and traditional literacy. One of those “research” articles that we don’t “use'”. But seriously, think it would be great in explaining the importance of GN to anyone who is reluctant.
4) Teens and the Future of Reading by Michael Cart & Teenage Reluctant Readers and Graphic Novels by Clare Snowball
Yes, I know those are two articles, but they more or less talk on the same thing, and are short. They both take a stance similar to that from one of my favorite movies (if you can name the movie that this is similar to without looking it up, I will give you a prize…I’m dead serious, I have extra prize bags from HCI class). That stance being “buy them, and they will come”. The articles talk about how teens may be reluctant to “traditional” methods of fiction, they are gobbling up graphic novels and that there is something to be said for that.
Well, that’s it on my end. To all the people graduating, best in luck and keep in touch! (because lord knows i need a job in a few years).