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Why am I “here”?. 2. Not your “typical” comic fan. (and now you know what I look like). Grew up reading Archie comics and the Sunday funnies. Background in Indian popular culture and gender studies. ID: 150868 Download Presentation

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Building an International (South Asian) Comic Collection fr

Why am I “here”?. 2. Not your “typical” comic fan. (and now you know what I look like). Grew up reading Archie comics and the Sunday funnies. Background in Indian popular culture and gender studies.

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Building an International (South Asian) Comic Collection from Scratch

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Why am I “here”?

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Not your “typical” comic fan

(and now you know what I look like)

Grew up reading Archie comics and the Sunday funnies

Background in Indian popular culture and gender studies

South Asia specialist at a large research university

Started the South Asian comic collection in 2012 (and have been learning and growing the collection ever since)

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Why are you “here”?

To learn ways you might approach starting your own international comic collection by:Preplanning/doing your researchIdentifying vendors and acquisitions strategiesConsidering the technical and access services issues Implementing a marketing strategyAssessing the impact of the collection

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(To ease my nerves, this is what I am imagining you all look like…)

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Preplanning

Questions to ask yourself before you make your first purchase:How far will my budget go in current market conditions in that region?How big is the comic industry in that region?Who are the important publishers in that region?Who else is already collecting these comics?How am I defining my region? Which languages am I collecting in?Who do I think will use this collection?

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Write a Collection Statement

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign collects South Asian comics and graphic novels as part of an initiative to develop a national specialized research resource for students, instructors, and scholars interested in these materials.  This circulating collection expands on the Library's existing popular culture collection, and has an initial focus on Indian comics in English and selected vernacular languages, especially Hindi, and will expand in scope in the future.  The library also collects related research studies on South Asian graphic novels, as well as works inspired by them, such as video adaptations.   All items are currently housed in the Undergraduate Library, alongside many of the Library's other popular culture resources, which include a variety of other international graphic novels and videos, as well as related popular culture studies research materials.

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Acquisitions Methods

Work with existing vendorsIdentify new vendorsBuying tripsAttend comic conventionsNetwork with publishers and fans

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Technical Services

Consult with technical services and cataloging staff prior to making purchasesDo you have cataloging staff that can handle vernacular languages?Are there records in OCLC that could used for copy cataloging or will original cataloging be required?How complete do the records need to be?Consider how you will want items to be grouped together on the shelfExpect issues with numbering and continuityMake decisions about binding and preservation

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Marketing the Collection

Library exhibitsPresentation opportunitiesContacting affiliated facultyBookmarks, flyers, etc.Local press coverageWorking with local student groups

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Assessing the Collection

Short term and long term and long term assessment activitiesCirculation statisticsILL statisticsShelf readingReader Studies

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Get in Touch!

Mara ThackerSouth Asia Studies Librarian University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign217-300-5717mthacker@illinois.edu

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