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Friday, November 1 • 11:27am - 11:42am
Hosting Comic Book Club in an Academic Setting

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It is common to think of comic book and graphic novel clubs as belonging to public libraries. We had many questions about starting a Comic Book Club at the Engineering Library & Technology Commons. Comic books and graphic novels are not widely considered educational in nature, and therefore are not always welcome in an academic environment. Despite scholarly research into the subject, structure, and art of the comic book and graphic novel, they are still considered “fun” and “frivolous”. The validity of comic books and graphic novels has recently been championed by the American Library Association with the establishment of the new Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table. Once we got started, we were delighted to find those clubs do have a place in an academic setting.  By guiding the selection of reading materials, we attracted students from several engineering disciplines. The students were engaged and brought many of their class learning objectives into the conversation. Not only does Comic Book Club foster a sense of community for the students, it gives them a chance to explore something new and engage with students from other disciplines in a fun, safe, and comfortable environment.

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Mara Inge

Library Information Specialist Senior, University of Missouri Engineering Library
I am the outreach person for the MU Engineering Library. I run social media for the library and host Comic Book Club.

Friday November 1, 2019 11:27am - 11:42am
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