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Check out our ongoing series of columns answering your questions about comics in libraries, from collection development to classification to labeling.

Ask the Comics Librarians: Weeding Superhero Comics

Weeding can be a satisfying process, but there's no doubt weeding a consistently popular format like graphic novels can be a daunting task. Prompted by a reader question, we weigh in with our ...
Ask the Comics Librarians: Cataloging Series

Ask the Comics Librarians: Cataloging Series

One of the more frequent questions library workers have about building comics collections is the best way to catalog comics.  There are many questions that arise around cataloging, including the ...
Ask the Comics Librarians: Persuading Skeptics

Ask the Comics Librarians: Persuading Skeptics

All library staff who work with comics in collections have been confronted by skeptics: folks from skeptical parents to readers dismissive of anything but prose will subtly (or not so subtly) ...
Ask the Comics Librarians: Censorship & Challenges

Ask the Comics Librarians: Censorship & Challenges

Earlier this year, the American Library Association reported that they recorded 729 challenge reports to 1,597 books in 2021. Sadly, recent news suggests libraries and schools aren’t out of the ...
Ask the Comics Librarians: Small Spaces

Ask the Comics Librarians: Small Spaces

One of the frequent questions we have all encountered in our professional work with comics and libraries is the question of how best to maintain a comics collection in a library where the ...
Ask the Comics Librarians: Manga FAQ

Ask the Comics Librarians: Manga FAQ

Manga collections provide some similar and different challenges for selectors.  To help anyone new to collecting manga (or who want to consider their collections again!), read on for our comics ...
Ask the Comics Librarians: How do I label my collection?

Ask the Comics Librarians: How do I label my collection?

One of the frequently asked questions librarians ask themselves in collecting comics boils down to: how do I classify my collection?  How do I make the organization and labeling clear, easy for ...
Ask the Comics Librarians: Is Fangirl Manga?

Ask the Comics Librarians: Is Fangirl Manga?

I have had two different library-centric discussions about what to do with the new release of Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, adapted by Sam Maggs, and with art by Gabi Nam.  The title is published ...