“Decolonizing Your Library: Building an Inclusive Graphic Novel Collection and Beyond”

At Booklist, Alexandria brown has some suggestions and offers some resources for librarians to build inclusive graphic novel collections and decolonize their libraries. “Decolonization work and graphic novels may not seem like an obvious pairing, but in fact, the two can go hand in hand. In recent years, library workers have extended diversity efforts into the realm of comics with varying degrees of success. The explosion of children’s and young adult series, the branching out of new imprints and indie publishers into the format, and the expansion of representation efforts by superhero brands like Marvel and DC (in fits and starts) has meant that it is easier now than ever before to buy graphic novels and comic books with diverse representation. Yet decolonization in libraries—and specifically within collection development—has only begun gaining traction in the last few years.”

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