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17 Giugno 2021

Stati Uniti


It’s been a long year for libraries as they’ve dealt with pandemic lockdowns, budget cuts, and operational uncertainty. But one thing became clear since Covid-19 transformed everyone’s lives: people still love reading, especially when they are stuck at home. And people definitely still love reading graphic novels. Data on reading, book sales, and library checkouts stayed stable or grew over the past year, and graphic novels—especially children’s favorites such as Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man series or the works of Raina Telgemeier—helped people survive and get through these weird and challenging times. This was also the second year of activity for the ALA’s Graphic Novel and Comics Roundtable, a formal ALA membership organization aimed at promoting the growth of graphic novels in libraries. The GNCRT moved forward on several long-planned projects, including establishing the first Best Graphic Novels for Adults reading list, as well as more unexpected activities, such as a team up with the Black Caucus ALA (BCALA) to create Black Lives Matter reading lists. But 2020 was also a tough time for libraries, as well as for the GNCRT, which suffered from organizational growing pains as several board officers stepped down and needed to be replaced. It was also a time that tested digital lending practices. Digital lending soared among library patrons, but the budget issues surrounding it continued to be a problem. One thing that didn’t slow down was the number of graphic novels being published, especially for kids, and the burgeoning demand for them at libraries. “I have purchased so many graphic novels for kids at my library that we have overflowing stacks on all the carts!” says Eva Volin, supervising children’s librarian at the Alameda (Calif.) Free Library and a GNCRT board officer. Like many libraries, the Alameda Free Library was closed during the worst of the pandemic, and they are now beginning to open up on a limited basis. “When the first kids came back, we actually had tears in our eyes,” she says. “It’s wonderful. But I had no idea how much product I had purchased until it was all sitting in front of me.” Adult graphic novels rise In February, the GNCRT accomplished one of its key goals with the release of the first Best Graphic Novels for Adults list. Nominations were taken throughout 2020, and the final list includes more than 50 titles. It’s a big achievement because adult librarians have traditionally been reluctant to start graphic novel collections and have had the burden of starting to build them from scratch with fewer resources than children’s librarians. “The adult list was needed, because adult librarians are among the last holdouts of librarians who don’t want to buy graphic novels,” Volin says. “This list has been incredibly helpful for librarians who don’t know anything about the format and who rely on selection lists, or for librarians limited by their collection policy to only purchase things that have been reviewed positively. A book showing up on a selection list like this almost guarantees that they’re going to be able to purchase it.” Matthew Noe, lead collection and knowledge management librarian at Countway Library at Harvard Medical School and incoming president of the GNCRT, helped launch the adult graphic novel list. [...] To read the full article click on the link (ICE CHICAGO)

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