May 20, 2022

Blog Post: “Banned, Burned, and Now Rebuilding: Comics Collections in Libraries”

From an Interesting and Useful Oxford University Press “Academic Insights” Guest Blog Post by Carol Tilley, Associate Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign :

Libraries and academic institutions have been slow to embrace comics in their collections and classrooms. Although there are outliers, US libraries only began to get serious about collecting comics in the late-1990s with most of the sustained interest and growth happening in the past decade.


A chief reason for this delayed interest in comics among US librarians is a long-held prejudice against the medium.


To help you learn more about what’s happening with regard to libraries, academic institutions, and comics, I’ve put together some links to library collections and scholarly groups for you to explore. These sources are only a beginning.

The blog post goes on to provide links to 13 collections and resources.

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See Also: Tilley Gives Keynote Addresses on Comics (via UIUC School of Information Sciences)

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