ANNUAL MEETING AND FREE EVENT – Diversity in Graphic Novels: Serving Patrons & Building Diverse Collections

Join your BayNet colleagues Friday, May 19 for our Annual Event and Meeting!

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This year we’ve planned a unique opportunity for librarians working in any environment to learn about next-level graphic novel collection development, with a special emphasis on building a diverse collection. In this special presentation – led by two veteran graphic novel selectors and general comic book enthusiasts – you will learn about why librarians serving all kinds of audiences are turning to graphic novels, and best practices and procedures to further grow and diversify comic and graphic novel collections. Everyone who works with graphic novels in their library, or wants to learn more about these wildly popular materials, will have something to gain from attending this event.

Program Agenda:
9:00-10:00 am – BayNet Annual Meeting, Refreshments & Networking
10:00-11:00 am – Collection Development
11:00 am-Noon – Author Panel

We’ll begin with a presentation by Jack Baur (Berkeley Public Library) and Amanda Jacobs Foust (Librarian and Consultant), two longtime graphic novel selectors and the co-hosts of the In the Library with a Comic Book podcast. The duo will discuss the history and current direction of representation in comics; share their collection development best practices, and favorite resources; and discuss philosophical approaches to building and curating a diverse graphic novel collection. Jack and Amanda will also share some of their annual annotated Top 10 lists, and allow plenty of time for Q&A.

The second half of the program will feature a special panel of comic book professionals who will share their creative processes and discuss the power of comics as a means of telling diverse stories, and as educational tools. Guests on the panel will be:

Thi Bui – writer/artist of the upcoming graphic novel The Best We Can Do, founding member of Oakland’s International High School
Nidhi Chanani – writer/artist of the upcoming graphic novel Pashmina, illustrator at Everyday Love
Casey Gilly – comic book journalist, consultant, editor, and writer
Justin Hall – Assistant Professor of Comics at CCA, editor of No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics
Mariko Tamaki – Eisner Award-winning writer of This One Summer, current writer on Supergirl: Being Super and Hulk
Raina Telgemeier – Author/Illustrator of Ghosts & Smile

Event details
When: Friday, May 19, 9:00 am-Noon
Where: Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street (@ Grove)
Registration required

EVENT: 2017 Witkin Symposium: Fred Korematsu Speaks Up

Presented by the Alameda County Law Library | $35-$45

In May 1942, one of the assembly centers for Japanese internment camps was the 1117 Oak Street, next door to what is now the law library. The Korematsu family lived in Oakland and may have reported to this address before being transported to the Tanforan detention facility.

Fred Korematsu challenged the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans when few others did. A new children’s book, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, explores this civil rights hero’s life and its relevance today. The 19th Annual Witkin Lecture features authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi discussing their treatment of Fred’s lifelong fight for justice. They will read excerpts from the book and address the larger historical context, and discuss what people can do today to speak up for justice.

Come experience the power of story to inspire and persuade. Be reminded of the role of attorneys in assuring that “equal justice for all” is not an empty phrase, but a bedrock value nurtured by the efforts and the professional responsibility of attorneys.

Register today!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

Alameda County Training and Education Center
125 12th St #400
Hayward-San Leandro Room
Oakland, CA 94607

[Conference Report] Making College Connections: Librarians working together to prepare students for college and beyond

At ALA Midwinter on January 22nd in Atlanta, the Transitions to College Committee of the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) met and discussed challenges in preparing students for college. A mix of public, school, community college, and university librarians shared ideas for making the transition smoother for all students.

According to the multi-type library committee, “libraries can be a powerful influence in helping students prepare for the high school to college transition. They can be even more powerful when they work together.” To that end, the committee has made a resource map to help foster relationships between librarians at varied institutions to discuss and collaborate on transitions-related projects.

The map, intended to serve as a starting point for collaboration, seems like a great place for BayNet members to share expertise. Currently only a few Bay Area institutions are included on the map.

As a librarian in an independent high school, I am particularly interested in working with first year experience librarians and other college librarians to ensure that my students are well prepared for research skills they’ll need in college. I think dialogue between K-12 and college librarians as well as public librarians working with school-age students can target critical thinking and critical searching skills amongst the students we serve. Special libraries could also add to the conversation, sharing information seeking trends and information literacy needs seen in their libraries.

To view the map or add yourself to it, visit the Connecting Librarians for K-20 Transitions site here: Connecting Librarians for K-20 Transitions.


Post Written by Sarah Levin; Librarian, Urban School of San Francisco; President, Bay Area Independent School Librarians

[Event] The Art of Tea at the South San Francisco Public Library

Where: South San Francisco Public Library 840 W Orange Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

When: Saturday January 28th at 2:00 pm


Ruby Ming, a docent from the Asian Art Museum’s Community Speaker Program, will deliver an educational and entertaining multimedia talk about the art of tea and the many different traditions of Chinese tea practice. Characteristics of these tea traditions and ceremonies will be described and illustrated through various forms of art allowing attendees to visualize the significance of tea as an art form in Asian culture.

Post submitted by Anissa Malady, Librarian II at South San Francisco Public Library

[Announcement] California Conference on Library Instruction 2017

On May 5th, 2017 the California Conference on Library Instruction will return to the University of San Francisco. Registration information is available here and you can view the full conference program here. Early bird tickets are $50, regular tickets will be $62. The conference sold out quickly last year so we advise purchasing tickets at your earliest convenience.

The 2017 conference theme is New Directions in Library Instruction and Scholarly Communications.

College and university libraries are taking an increasing role in guiding scholarly communications activities on their campuses. As scholarly communications have evolved in the direction of open access and sharing of data, information literacy instruction continues to evolve in order to adapt to a rapidly changing research environment. These major shifts offer ripe territory for collaborative innovation at the crossroads. Join us for a day of presentations devoted to compelling work happening at the intersection of information literacy and scholarly communication. Our honored keynote speaker is Cassidy R. Sugimoto who will be presenting a keynote titled Defending and Disrupting the Scholarly Ecosystem. Learn more about her via our Keynote Presentation page.

Visit for more information. We hope to see you on May 5!

Post submitted by Ryne Leuzinger, Research and Instruction Librarian at Cal State Monterey Bay.