What is a Graphic Novel? - A Brief History of the Genre with Crystal Rose Collections and Resources Web Conference Thursday, April 7, 2011 2:00 pm ET One Hour Member: $75.00 Non-Member: $95.00 What is a "graphic novel" and why are libraries including them in their collections? Graphic novels are widely gaining acceptance as having aesthetic, literary, and cultural value, and are the subject of academic research. There is evidence that they appeal to reluctant readers and improve language and literacy skills. Learn more about graphic novels and Manga, including how the Ferriss Hodgett Library began their collection. Gain knowledge of a new and popular genre! Key Topics to be Explored: Defining "graphic novels" as a genre, and how they differ from comics - their aesthetic, literary, and cultural value. We will also discuss why academic libraries are beginning to include them in their collections and how the Ferriss Hodgett Library launched a graphic novel collection (selecting titles, cataloging challenges, promotion). Session Format: Web Conference (telephone delivery; interactive presentation with chat and polling on the Web) About the Presenter... Crystal Rose is currently the Public Services Librarian at the Ferriss Hodgett Library, part of the Memorial University Libraries system, in Corner Brook, NL. Previously, she was a Youth Services Librarian with the Toronto Public Library. She received her M.L.I.S. from Dalhousie University. Developed for the Education Institute by the Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association. For more info or to register please go to http://www.thepartnership.ca/partnership/bins/calendar_page.asp .