New! Job! RIPL Project Coordinator


I am thrilled to announce that I recently accepted the position of Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) Project Coordinator for the Colorado State Library and Colorado Library Consortium.

It’s a really wonderful and unique opportunity to continue building on my experience as the Eureka! Fellow Coordinator with Infopeople. I’ll be helping plan and run the events, manage the scholarship process, creating and maintaining an online community of practice and managing the grant.

The position is a two-year, part-time position that will allow me to continue to produce and co-host my In the Library with a Comic Book podcast with Jack Baur and Donna Mettier; as well as pursue more work around comics in libraries and other projects.

I start at the end of the month with the national event here in Colorado and I am looking forward to diving deeper into Colorado libraries and getting to know more librarians and library staff from around the nation.

Reading Without Walls: Graphic Novels, Literacy and Diversity

I am so thrilled to announce my upcoming program on comics!

Fun fact: Jack Baur and I did our second ever program on comics for BAYA almost exactly five years to the day: Who’s Afraid of Comics?: Building and Maintaining Graphic Novel Collections for Your Library. So I am excited that we get to work together with BAYA again.

(Our first comics program together was for the California Library Association’s Annual Conference 2010 in Sacramento, CA).

So, if you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, please consider joining us.

Reading without Walls

BAYA: The Bay Area Young Adult Librarians and the In the Library with a Comic Book podcast team Present:Reading Without Walls: Graphic Novels, Literacy, and Diversity
Featuring Gene Luen Yang, Mariko Tamaki, and David Brothers

Monday October 24th, 9am to Noon
Berkeley Public Library
Central Library
2090 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(a 5 minute walk from Downtown Berkeley BART Station)

Morning refreshments and coffee will be served.

$25 Advance Registration
$35 at the Door

BAYA: The Bay Area Young Adult Librarians presents a unique opportunity for librarians working in any environment to learn about next-level graphic novel collection development, with a special emphasis on building a diverse collections. In this special presentation – led by two veteran graphic novel selectors and general comic book enthusiasts – you will learn best practices and procedures to further grow and diversify comic and graphic novel collections. Everyone who works with graphic novels in their library or wants to learn more about these wildly popular materials will have something to gain at this half-day workshop.

We’ll begin with a presentation by Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library) and Amanda Jacobs Foust (Librarian and Consultant), two longtime graphic novel selectors and the co-hosts of the In the Library with a Comic Book podcast. The duo will share their collection development best practices, favorite resources, and philosophical approach to building and curating a diverse graphic novel collection. Jack and Amanda will also release their annual, annotated Top Ten Favorites list for kids, teens and adults.

This will be followed by a presentation by author and Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young Adult Literature: Gene Luen Yang. Yang’s debut graphic novel American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be considered as a finalist for the National Book Award and won the American Library Association’s (ALA) Printz Award for best young adult graphic novel. His 2013 graphic novel diptych Boxers & Saints was also a National Book Award finalist.

The second half of our program will feature a special panel of comic book professionals who will share their creative process and discuss the power of comics as a means of telling diverse stories, and as educational tools.  Guests on the panel will be Gene Luen Yang (writer of The Shadow Hero and Secret Coders), Mariko Tamaki (writer of This One Summer and Skim) and David Brothers (Branding Manager at Image Comics, editor of Lazarus by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark).

Books will be available to purchase for your library (home or otherwise).
An informal hosted field trip with Jack and Amanda to nearby local comics shop Fantastic Comics (just up the street at 2026 Shattuck Avenue) will be offered post-program.

All this for just $25 ($35 at the door)! Visit to register. Questions? Contact Jack and Amanda.

Digitizing Personal History


Last year, we visited Arapahoe Libraries Southglenn Library and my then five-year-old immediately became enamored with their 3D printer, but I was enamored with their Studio.

While we’ve been back more than once to check out books and 3D printed Pokemons, I was excited to learn that they also digitize vinyl records.

Recently, my parents had visited and brought with them a vinyl recording of my grandparents wedding in 1951. Knowing that The Studio at Southglenn Library had the capability to digitize vinyl, I went online and filled out their ‘Book a Studio Librarian’ form.

A few emails later, I had my appointment. I went in one Saturday morning in last month. The Librarian and I spent about 45 minutes digitizing the vinyl record, saving the digital files (one for each side), then emailing me the files.

And just like that, I was able to hear my grandfather’s voice for the first time in 20 years.

And that’s the power of libraries.

Here’s Arapahoe Libraries’ post about digitizing the record.

Upcoming Comics Webinars

Are Comics Serious Literature

I have two exciting webinars next month with the People Connect Institute:

Graphic Novels: An Introduction for Patrons of All Ages
Tuesday, August 23rd from 10:30 – 11:30 am Eastern

Graphic Novels can be one of the most popular and highest circulating formats in your library collection, but often, staff are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with the format. In this webinar, two graphic novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developers will share the secrets of purchasing, organizing and preserving graphic novels and comics in the library for all ages.

In this interactive and informative webinar, I will cover:

  • Who reads graphic novels and why
  • A brief history of comics
  • An overview of publishers
  • Top circulating graphic novels and comics
  • Cataloging and organization
  • Challenges and concerns
  • Selection resources and best practices

Free Comic Book Day: A How-To with Jack Baur!
Tuesday, August 30th from 10:30 – 11:30 am Eastern

Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday of every May and publishers release a special line of single issue comics at a reduced cost to retailers and libraries for distribution and in celebration of comics. Have you heard of Free Comic Book Day, but were never sure about how to bring this annual event into your library? Then join two graphic novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developers as they provide an overview on Free Comic Book Day, what titles to select and how to acquire them and Free Comic Book Day programing.

At the end of this interactive and informative webinar, you will:

  • Have an understanding of what Free Comic Book day is and how your library can participate
  • Be able to select and order comics for your library for Free Comic Book Day
  • Have a variety of programming ideas and activities to celebrate Free Comic Book Day

Each webinar is $59 for an individual or $119 for groups.

And stay tuned. Jack and I are putting together a fantastic program for BAYA in October, but details are still pending.

Finally! Carla Hayden is Our New Librarian of Congress!

I am so thrilled to see the news this week that Carla Hayden of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library was finally confirmed by the Senate as the 14th Librarian of Congress.

This is a historic nomination, as Hayden will be both the first woman and the first African American to serve in the position.

It is also historic because her predecessor, James H. Billington, served in the position for 28 years. Billington was not a degreed librarian, but rather a scholar and author. To describe him as a traditionalist who pointedly refused to move the institution forward in regards to technology or to address copyright reform would be a gross understatement.

I am so looking forward to seeing this awesome librarian lead us on a new path.

EveryLibrary is compiling congratulations into a book and will be taking comments to be included until Midnight on Tuesday, July 20th if you would like to participate, so don’t delay!