You may not be surprised to find that the most heavily-used books in the library are graphic novels. Martin Shapiro, Collection Development Librarian, discovered this phenomenon when he collected circulation statistics for different subject areas within the library’s book collection during the summer of 2008. With that information, and some resources specially designated for expanding the collection, members of the library staff decided to capitalize on the popularity of graphic novels by developing a special Graphic Novel Collection. Since the beginning of 2009, the library has added several hundred titles to this collection.
During the summer of 2011, the library relocated its Graphic Novel Collection to the first floor to give these frequently used titles some more prominent real estate. So if you happen to be looking for some interesting reading, you will find this collection near the printers on the first floor.
The library’s philosophy for the continuing development of the Graphic Novel Collection is two-fold. The first part is simple: the library purchases what staff think users want from classic series such as Sandman and Sin City, to titles by major authors like Mike Mignola and Brian-Michael Bendis, to lesser-followed publications such as Michel Rabagliati’s Paul Goes… series. Fulfilling that goal helps the library create a collection that represents a wide-variety of styles that appeal to many different readers. The second part of the collection philosophy is more traditional: the library recognizes the need to provide greater curricular support for the growing number of academic courses at AU focusing on graphic novels. Once considered “books for kids,” the attention given to graphic novels has exploded in recent years with titles and authors that touch on a wide variety of topics, from the personal struggles of the individual to broader social issues. You can find something that suits you!