Fighting Censorship: Graphic Novel Guidelines

Anonymous Patron writes “From PW Comics Week:…Graphic Novel Suggestions for Librarians, a informational booklet…provides guidelines for building a graphic novel collection and shelving strategies. However, the most important guidelines deal with challenges to graphic novels because of certain kinds of pictorial depictions.

Theoretically, dealing with graphic novels in the library should be no different than any other print material. However, Don Wood, a representative of the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom, explains, “Many people consider an image to be far more powerful in its impact than any written description of that image. So there are different considerations when dealing with challenges to images.”