This one hour session will cover the basic definitions related to graphic novels and comics using a variety of fiction and nonfiction examples for demonstration. The session will pay special attention to descriptive cataloging areas, their associated RDA instructions, and the MARC 21 tags to use. It will also address considerations for subject analysis, genre vocabulary, and classification choices. At the end of the session, participants will a) have definitions for the variety of resources generally attributed as “graphic novels,” b) know the best practices for descriptive cataloging of graphic novels, and c) understand the various choices for classification and subject analysis.
Audience: Cataloging staff and other staff who work with graphic novels and comics.
Presenter: Bobby Bothmann is a professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato where he serves as the catalog and metadata librarian. Bobby catalogs analog and digital resources of all kinds, including books, serials, moving images, objects, cartographic resources, musical and spoken word audio recordings, and music in between many meetings. He is a member of the editorial board for Cataloging & Classification Quarterly and an active member of OLAC (OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers) where he has served in various leadership roles including treasurer and president. He holds an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and an MS in Geography and English Technical Communication from MSU Mankato. Bobby moonlights as an adjunct instructor for the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he teaches cataloging and classification courses and tries to covert one student per semester to the cataloging side of the Force.