Can-Con and the 2010 Eisner Awards

The 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards nomination committee, tasked with selecting the books on the final Eisner Award ballot, has been announced and one of the members is Francisca Goldsmith, director of branch services at the Halifax Public Libraries in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

As the director of branch services, Francisca has been working with comics and library users for over 20 years. This year her Reader’s Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels (ALA Editions) was published, along with her contributions of chapters to two other books on sequential art. Goldsmith regularly reviews graphic novels and comics for a variety of professional journals and has planned and implemented school and public library programs and staff development opportunities, featuring sequential art media and creators, for librarians. In addition to her work with comics and readers, Goldsmith has served on a number of state and national literary awards committees and has published numerous interviews with artists and authors, including Will Eisner.

In 2005, Goldsmith authored Graphic Novels Now: Building, Managing, and Marketing a Dynamic Collection , as a way to introduce librarians to comics so they could develop collections of their own. She touches upon shelving, cataloging, and preserving comics, while by giving advice on finding reliable publishers and distributors of comics. Heck, she also includes ways to create in-library programming such as how-to events and artist visits as a way to reach out to the community and market the new collection.

Graphic Novels Now: Building, Managing, and Marketing a Dynamic Collection is available through google books and is an interesting read. I’m sure Francisca has played a role in the ongoing development of the very vibrant Halifax comic community.