Teaching and Learning
A school librarian and school library professor will describe the 2016 Will Eisner Innovation Grant Award project that they facilitated at the Birchwood School at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. The grant project was a collaboration between the Birchwood School and the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. Incarcerated students wrote and story-boarded the text for a graphic novel based on their gang experiences. In addition to receiving free graphic novels for the library's collection, the grant provided funding for a graphic novel illustrator who worked with the students to illustrate the story they created. The final product was then marketed to publishers as an anti-gang tool. The illustrator also worked with art students at the school to help them develop graphic design skills. Finally, the library provided a program focusing on careers in graphic design. Participants at this session will learn how they can replicate this writing and visual literacy program at any school level.
Content Area: Transforming: Teaching & Learning
Interests: Children’s Literature, Children’s Services, Information Literacy, Instruction, Literacy, Young Adult Literature, Young Adult Services, Youth Services
Type of Library: Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Prison Library, School/Media Center, Student
Cost: Included with full conference registration.