Chaos or Collection?: Selecting and Managing Graphic Novels in Your School Library

Neena Morris


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Graphic novels are some of the most exciting and varied resources that school librarians have on their shelves, and they are growing ever more popular with all kinds of readers. But knowing how to select, catalogue, classify and shelve them so your library users can find them can be challenging. Here Neena Morris, one of the librarians at Ardingly College in West Sussex, tells us what she does to maintain an exciting and eclectic collection that is easily identified, managed effectively, accessible to all and widely enjoyed by her students. Building on the research that she conducted for her Masters degree, this how-to guide is very readable and full of common sense suggestions – there are lessons here for all of us.

2018. ISBN 9781911222125.

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Neena Morris

Neena Morris is a qualified and chartered librarian who has worked in school libraries for four years. Prior to this, she worked in public libraries for half a decade. Alongside her public library employment, Neena worked in a variety of capacities in schools, specialising in support for children with additional needs. Now in post as Assistant Librarian at Ardingly College, Neena works with children aged 2–18. She supports the school’s ethos of reading as vital to wellbeing, and aims to provoke in each student the joy of books, through every interaction and encounter. Neena was instrumental in the establishment of the school’s Readaxation programme, which is taught as part of the PSHCE syllabus, and is based upon the research of Nicola Morgan. The library is central to the school’s teaching of information skills, and Neena has created and rolled-out an information literacy framework for EYFS and Key Stage 1. This has allowed for cohesion in the teaching of these skills by class teachers, with the emphasis taken away from the librarian and the library, and put firmly into the classroom and the wider world. Neena has been a fan of comics since childhood, when a family friend (who was an artist for magazine publisher DC Thompson) gave her a copy of The Beano. She has been reading comics ever since. Last year she gained a distinction for her master’s dissertation on graphic novels in secondary school libraries. 

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