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Event ALAplay 2014

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

Make your way to ALAPlay for a free evening of open gaming, learning and exploration centered around games, graphic novels and cosplay. Come play some of the newest games in ALA's game library and also be sure join our guests Paizo, Eagle/Gryphon, and Mayfair Games. Dress up as your favorite character from Welcome to Night Vale, but be sure to steer clear of the Dog Park on your way down.

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Event Graphic Novel Petting Zoo

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

Do you have a graphic novel collection and need ideas for how to bump up the selection? Are you worried that your limited budget is preventing you from purchasing the best of the best? Do you have no idea what the best books are? Graphic Novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developers Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library) and Amanda Jacobs Foust (Marin County Free Library) will introduce you to many of the best comics released this year and allow you to flip through the books and judge for yourself.

Presented by the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics MIG

Do you have a graphic novel collection and need ideas for how to bump up the selection? Are you worried that your limited budget is preventing you from purchasing the best of the best? Do you have no idea what the best books are? Graphic Novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developers Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library) and Amanda Jacobs Foust (Marin County Free Library) will introduce you to many of the best comics released this year and allow you to flip through the books and judge for yourself.

Presented by the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics MIG

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Event Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

Throughout his 75 year history, the Dark Knight has become one of the most popular and widely recognized super heroes in the world. From comics to TV to movies to video games, the World’s Greatest Detective has permeated all entertainment mediums and beyond. Come by for a look at Batman’s rich history and what the future holds this pop culture icon!

Panelist(s): Pete Thomasi, Pat Gleason from Batman & Robin, Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul from The Flash and Detective Comic, Batman Group Editor - Mark Doyle; Moderator: Mike Pawuk

Throughout his 75 year history, the Dark Knight has become one of the most popular and widely recognized super heroes in the world. From comics to TV to movies to video games, the World’s Greatest Detective has permeated all entertainment mediums and beyond. Come by for a look at Batman’s rich history and what the future holds this pop culture icon!

Panelist(s): Pete Thomasi, Pat Gleason from Batman & Robin, Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul from The Flash and Detective Comic, Batman Group Editor - Mark Doyle; Moderator: Mike Pawuk

Presented by the Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries MIG with thanks to DC Comics

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Event ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Interest Group Business Meeting

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

Business meeting of ALA's Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries MIG. The group will report on recent projects and discuss plans for future programming and projects

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Event Bringing the Comic Festival to YOUR Library!

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

A unique blend of comics, artists, writers, fans, teachers, and librarians, the Toronto Comics Arts Festival has become one of the premier comics events in North America. In the first hour, learn how a public library and a comic book store work together to create a successful community-wide program that attracts guests and attendees from around the world. Then, in the second hour, walk through a series of plans for building comics events in YOUR library, in an interactive session!

A unique blend of comics, artists, writers, fans, teachers, and librarians, the Toronto Comics Arts Festival has become one of the premier comics events in North America. In the first hour, learn how a public library and a comic book store work together to create a successful community-wide program that attracts guests and attendees from around the world. Then, in the second hour, walk through a series of plans for building comics events in YOUR library, in an interactive session! Featured speakers include Christopher Butcher (The Beguiling); Andrew Woodrow Butcher (Little Island Comics); Gina Gagliano (First Second); Phyllis Jacklin (Toronto Public Library). Moderated by Eva Volin.

Presented by the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries MIG

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Event Best and Worst Manga

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

Join us as an opinionated group of manga and comics bloggers, retailers, and librarians rant and rave about the best new manga that debuted in the past year, the continuing manga series most worth reading, the most anticipated upcoming releases, and of course, the worst manga that you'd best avoid. Panelists include Christopher Butcher (The Beguiling, Comics212.net), Eva Volin (Alameda Free Library, Good Comics for Kids), Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library, In the Library With a Comic Book), Deb Aoki (MangaComicsManga)

Join us as an opinionated group of manga and comics bloggers, retailers, and librarians rant and rave about the best new manga that debuted in the past year, the continuing manga series most worth reading, the most anticipated upcoming releases, and of course, the worst manga that you'd best avoid. Panelists include Christopher Butcher (The Beguiling, Comics212.net), Eva Volin (Alameda Free Library, Good Comics for Kids), Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library, In the Library With a Comic Book), Deb Aoki (MangaComicsManga)

Presented by the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries MIG

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Event Let's talk comics: A roundtable discussion

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

It's a wild free for all with comics creators, librarians, and
everyone keen to understand how to create engaging graphic novels and comics in today's diverse industry. Join comics professionals and your fellow librarians for a roundtable discussion on everything from growing up with comics, writing for different age audiences, everyone's toughest jobs, ideal workspaces, most tempting work
distractions, valued critics, and favorite go-to sources of

It's a wild free for all with comics creators, librarians, and
everyone keen to understand how to create engaging graphic novels and comics in today's diverse industry. Join comics professionals and your fellow librarians for a roundtable discussion on everything from growing up with comics, writing for different age audiences, everyone's toughest jobs, ideal workspaces, most tempting work
distractions, valued critics, and favorite go-to sources of
inspiration. Creators will quiz each other, and with the guidance of moderator librarian Mike Pawuk members of the audience will get their chance to talk comics with this stellar line up.

Presented by the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries MIG

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Discussion ALAPlay 2014

by Brian Mayer on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm

I wanted to share an update on the AMAZING event that ALAPlay is shaping up to be.

Cos-Play and Graphic Novels

Our theme this year is "Welcome to Nightvale" and attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters from the event. We will be having Welcome to Nightvale theme crafts (and library cards!), Comic Jam / Collaborative comic (which will get printed at the Zine Pavilion the next day!).

Info and Sharing:

I wanted to share an update on the AMAZING event that ALAPlay is shaping up to be.

Cos-Play and Graphic Novels

Our theme this year is "Welcome to Nightvale" and attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters from the event. We will be having Welcome to Nightvale theme crafts (and library cards!), Comic Jam / Collaborative comic (which will get printed at the Zine Pavilion the next day!).

Info and Sharing:

Matthew Murray will be bringing the automated, Raspberry Pi powered Readers' Advisory machine that he's made, and we'll have it print out graphic novel/comic book recommendations. 

PJ Bentley will have a be sharing on Gamers Advisory at the event as well.

Gaming:

Children’s book author/illustrator, Eric Wight that he will be there demoing an early version of his upcoming game Beastie Bash, which will be re-launching on Kickstarter in the fall.

Mayfair Games, publishers of a wide berth of games including Settlers of Catan, will be there running demos of their games.

Eagle/Gryphon Games, publishers of Fantastica, Incan Gold, and more will be there demoing their games.

Paizo Publishing, publishers of the wildly popular Pathfinder, will be there running a preview of the new adventure path "Skull and Shackles" for their Adventure Card Game line.

SET Enterprises, publishers of SET, Quiddler and more, will be there demoing their games.

   

 

 

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Discussion Need Volunteers for the ALA Booth at C2E2!

by Christina Coleman (staff) on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 03:00 pm

Planning on being on the scene at C2E2? Will you be wearing your “librarian-hat?” Are you willing to lend a hand ?

 Great news! We have ideas taking shape for a re-imagining of the ALA Booth on the show floor! 

Planning on being on the scene at C2E2? Will you be wearing your “librarian-hat?” Are you willing to lend a hand ?

 Great news! We have ideas taking shape for a re-imagining of the ALA Booth on the show floor! 

 We would really like to make the ALA booth more representative of what Libraries (and librarians) are all about!  Taking the modern library as a design starting point we’re hoping to incorporate things like a reference desk, readers advisory service, craft “programs” and even a storytime. What we are looking for are ideas and volunteers who are willing to act on those ideas!  Here are some thoughts we have come up for the booth.  (FYI – we will NOT have power in the booth! )

 

Opportunity to sign the “Declaration for the Right to Libraries,”

For more information regarding the “Declaration for the Right to Libraries,” or for information on how to participate, please visit http://tinyurl.com/alalibrarydeclaration.

 

Story times (in the lobby or foodcourt?)

Kids

Teen

Adults

 

Crafting

Make magazine stuff

Knitting

LED, batteries, conductive thread,

Anyone have stuff/time/ideas to contribute to this?

 

Physical Library

Book Cart

Free books to give away (contests?)

Bookmarks

 

Readers’ Advisory / Reference

Hot spot “staff” to be able to access internet.  (need to test to make sure this will work on the floor)

Library box (with a sign)

People signed up to actually provide the service? 

Some simple handout with room for us to write RA suggestions that also promotes libraries? 

 

Stuff needed

Counter

Table

Sign on a stick 

Cocktail table to run “events”

Cleaning wipes

Arm bands – price on armbands?  How to identify Librarians?

 

 Your friendly neighborhood Staff Liaison!

Tina Coleman

 

 

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Discussion Looking for some volunteers for NYCC

by Christina Coleman (staff) on Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 01:24 pm

Hi, All -

 

I'm going to put this out on the list-serv as well. Anyone want to volunteer to coordinate anything at NYCC 2013?

 

Hi, All -

 

I'm going to put this out on the list-serv as well. Anyone want to volunteer to coordinate anything at NYCC 2013?

 

I'm not able to go so I won't be onsite and we don't have the budget to support a booth this year. We will have some panels (we're waiting to see which ones get picked) and I was wondering if the group thought we should have some sort of other things (guerrilla librarianship?) happening at the show as conversation starters about libraries and librarians. Random Acts of Reference? Roaming Reference? The Epic Librarian Photo?

 

I need people that are able to brainstorm, plan, recruit, and organize these projects onsite.

 

Respond on-list or email me directly (ccoleman@ala.org )

 

Thanks!

Tina

(Your Staff Liaison)

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To provide a method for engagement and networking among ALA members interested in comic books and graphic novels. To collaborate with ALA units to support the inclusion of comic books and graphic novels in library initiatives and programs across the Association. To advocate for wider incorporation and acceptance by the profession and the Association for comic books and graphic novels in library services, programming, and collections. This group is open to all members, and encourages participation from members from all library types and members who serve various library user demographics.

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