Maximizing the Impact of Comics in Your Library

Graphic Novels, Manga, and More

by Jack Phoenix


Learn how to better manage your comics collection to boost interest and circulation.

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January 2020

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 256
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Acquisitions and Collection Management/General
  Children's and Young Adult Collection Management/Literature, Lists and Special Collections
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This unique guide offers fresh insights on how graphic novels and comics differ from traditional books and require different treatment in the library—from purchasing, shelving, and cataloging to readers' advisory services, programs, and curriculum.

Challenging librarians to rethink some of their traditional practices, Maximizing the Impact of Comics in Your Library provides creative and proven solutions for libraries of all types that want to get comics into the hands of fans and promote readership. The author describes how libraries would benefit from an in-house classification system and organization that accounts for both publishers and series.

In addition, acquiring comics can often be tricky due to renumbering of series, reboots, shifting creative teams, and more—this book shows you how to work around those obstacles. Shelving and displays that reflect comic readers' browsing habits, creative programs that boost circulation of comics and graphic novels, and how comics can play a vital role in educational institutions are also covered.


  • Addresses common challenges librarians face with comics and graphic novels collections, and shows how to surmount them
  • Offers a solutions-focused approach
  • Describes how comics can be used to better engage your community and to educate youth
  • Fills a gap in the professional literature, covering topics not touched upon in the existing literature
  • Serves as a vital resource for public, academic, and school libraries
Author Info

Jack Phoenix is assistant manager of the Willowick Public Library, a branch of the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library in Ohio; and former adult programming coordinator at London Public Library in Ohio. He has worked in or with public libraries for more than a decade in various capacities. An active member of American Library Association, the Ohio Library Council, the Comics Studies Society, and the Horror Writers Association, he has presented at professional conferences on topics such as the subject of this book. He is also author of The Tormentors.

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