I’m a Public Services Librarian in the Marion County Public Library System and received my MSI degree from Florida State University in 2019. I’m an avid comic reader, pop culture fan, and have organized many pop culture focused programs for all-ages in my library system. I currently review graphic novels for ALA’s Booklist and Diamond Comic Distributor’s Bookshelf magazines. I’m a member of the Graphic Novel and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association and currently on the selection committee for the 2021 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant. I have guest lectured on graphic novel programming in libraries for FSU’s “Graphic Novels in Libraries” course at the invitation of Dr. Latham for the past 3 years and hope to continue to in the future.
I have worked in a library setting since August of 2015. I started as a Student Research Assistant at UNF and discovered my love for libraries and librarianship. I earned my MIS at Florida State University in 2018 while working at a public library in south Alabama. Since January of 2019, I have been with the Clay County Public Library. As the Young Adult Librarian, I research, plan, budget, and implement programs for tweens, teens, and new adults (ages 18-25.) I purchase new materials for our YA sections and work closely with our administration with other collection development projects such as weeding, reorganization, and maintenance. Outreach is another aspect of my job and I enjoy being in the community and working with our school district’s media specialists and other community partners. I also contribute posts and virtual content for our social media platforms. I have been fortunate in my career to be able to work in many facets of librarianship and I hope to continue to learn and grow in the profession.
Raymond has worked in several library environments – public libraries (special collections, neighborhood branches, digitization), academic (special collections, general reference) and special (radio and television marketing research) in Florida, South Carolina and Virginia. His academic background (dual degree in Art & Art History) brings a unique way of thinking to designing promotional materials for library displays and events. A lifetime as a comic book reader and collector lends insight to developing graphic novel collections.
I’ve worked in libraries in some capacity since 2004. I am an active member of both the Graphic Novel and Comics Roundtable and Information Freedom Roundtable of the American Library Association. I have been supervising in public libraries for four years, typically small branches. I have experience in Academic libraries as well, and frequently present to community groups and library workers.
If you have a question about Graphic Novels and I don’t know the answer, I would love to help you find it.