Episode 60: Karen Gavigan, Using Comics For Health & Justice

“We gave one group the Centers for Disease Control document for teens on HIV/AIDS, and we gave the other group the AIDS In The End Zone graphic novel. We saw better results, not surprisingly, with the graphic novel.” How’s that for demonstrating the power of comics?!

This episode’s guest is Dr. Karen Gavigan, who is and has been closely tied to research involving graphic novels. She is also the interim director of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. Karen and Thomas talk about her position, past research, professional organizations, and trends in young adult fiction requests, not to mention a couple of fresh picks!

Will Eisner Grants For Libraries – Growth and Innovation

South Carolina Library Association

South Carolina Association of School Librarians

North Carolina Library Association

North Carolina School Media Association

Virginia Library Association

Social Justice Graphic Novels – a Carnegie Whitney Grant project by Kasey Garrison

Fresh Picks

Showtime At The Apollo 9781419731389

Kimiko Does Cancer 9781551528199

Karen Gavigan: kgavigan@mailbox.sc.edu

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