It’s that time again — I’m teaching another online class with the lovely folks at Simmons College through their Continuing Education program!

This time around I’m doing it solo (though many thanks to the fantastic Beth Gallaway and Linda Braun for being my co-teachers in the past) and it’ll be pretty much the new and improved version of my in person workshops and lectures. The cool part is that I get a full month to really delve into everything, so I won’t have to talk a mile a minute (which I do anyway) and we as a class can actually take time to get into the nitty gritty questions of graphic novel collection development.

If you’ve never tried it, online classes are a great way to learn — I did my entire library degree that way, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and I still maintain it was one of the best learning experiences I’ve ever had.

The class is
Isn’t Otaku a Kind of Sushi: Graphic Novels, Manga and Anime (from May 1-31st)

Click on the links for the class summaries, and feel free to email me at robin at with questions.

To find out about GSLIS and answer questions, go to their FAQ here:

To register for the class, go here:

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

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    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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