ALIA Graphic presents: Getting Graphic: Comics Around the World

by | Sep 9, 2021 | professional development, webinar | 0 comments

We thought we’d try something new before the end of the year and we’re very proud to announce our very first live webinar. Every library needs a graphic novels champion. In this webinar we’ll look at comics around the world. We’ll learn about the history of Australian comics. We’ll hear from the president of the American Library association’s Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable. We’ll be introduced to what graphic medicine and why it’s growing so rapidly and we’ll also even discuss the contentious issue of cataloguing and shelving comics. 

Our first live ALIA Graphic webinar will be the perfect introduction for librarians and educators wanting to know more about comics and graphic novels around the world and in Australia. Hosted by ALIA Graphic Convenor and Iurgi Urrutia (Kingston Libraries, Victoria) who will be giving an overview of comics around the world, we’re pleased to announce three exciting speakers:

Daniel Best is an Australian comics historian and author with a vast knowledge of Australian comics history. Australia has had, and still has nowadays, a great range of comic creators that have usually gone under the radar. Daniel will give us an overview of the history of Australian comics.

Tara Eagleton is the Library Services Collections Officer at Wollondilly Library, NSW. Tara will discuss one of the ongoing, perennial, contentious issues around comics at libraries: how to best catalogue and shelf them. Different libraries do it differently, but one thing’s for sure, comics present challenges and the general rules don’t apply. Tara will present some guidelines and a framework. 

Matthew Noe is the President of the American Library Association’s Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable, he’s an academic librarian and a champion of graphic medicine. Matthew will join us live from the US to talk about the GNCRT, their past achievements, current programs and future plans. Matthew will also talk about graphic medicine, a fast growing movement and genre with comics that explore and contain narratives associated to healthcare. Comics are a very accessible and powerful medium for graphic medicine.

Thursday October 14 at 1pm AEDT (online – registration required)

Duration: 1 hour

Register for the free webinar now.

ALIA CPD Scheme Hours

If you are a member of the ALIA PD Scheme or Proficiency Recognition Program (PRP) you can log and reflect on your time spent engaging with ALIA Virtual Showcases for PD hours. There is no cap on the number of hours you can claim – the total is simply the number of hours that you can spend actively learning and engaging in the conference content. This will vary from person to person.


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