Here are a few things I have been fortunate to have been a part of in my journey as a librarian.
Library Journal: LibraryCon 2020
I participated in a FastTrack Panel Session for LibraryCon hosted by School Library Journal and Library Journal. Along with another librarian from California, we both highlighted our libraries virtual FanFest, the pros and cons, our take-aways and took questions from the audience. If you would like to register and view the recording of the session head on over to Library Journal’s website and register for free and view their archives of the event!
RAILS: My Library is……Blog
When the pandemic hit, my library was faced with the challenge of potentially canceling their FanFest. As someone who likes a challenge, I decided to find a way to make our event complete virtual; with a few “Make and Take” craft that my co-workers helped come up with that local patrons were able to pick up using curbside library services. The event was completely successful and wanted to share our event with our library system’s blog. You can read the article here: My Library Is…..Virtual FanFests: Taking the Superhero Size Event into a Virtual Space.
C2E2 2020 Professional Panel
Right before the pandemic became a thing, I was fortunate enough to host a panel presentation for C2E2’s professional day. It was a much needed break away from everything going on in my life and it was something I really looked forward to doing. The panel was called: Libraries and FanFest. I was accompanied by two of my coworkers, two artists, a cosplayer, and podcaster/actor; whom are all, what I consider to be, great friends.
The presentation included topics such as: Creating a FanFest, Highlighting Diversity, Community Engagement, Supporting Local Artists, Obtaining Sponsors, Making a Pitch and How to Approach Your Director. It was a great success with almost a full room on a Friday evening, close to 100 people.
Diamond BookShelf Fall 2019
I also wrote an article about the comic-con I spearheaded for my library in April 2019, and it was spotlighted in Diamond’s Fall Edition of last year. The article was titled “Creating Connections: Planning a Library Comic-Con.” Included in the piece is information on how to building connections with your community to promote and host a FanFest in your area.