Calling all French language educators! This summer, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is offering a continuing education workshop on bande dessinée :
Le neuvième art à l’œuvre: bande dessinée for the French classroom
This 2-day workshop will introduce teachers to the history of French-language comics and vocabulary needed for textual analysis, as well as address how to create language learning activities based in this kind of authentic text content so as to respect the artistic medium and the goals of the language classroom. Activities are designed to enrich language teaching from the beginning through advanced levels, including attention to AP and IB themes. The workshop will take place in the reading room and classrooms of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, and all materials (books) and lunches will be provided. The majority of sessions will be conducted in French. The workshop will be facilitated by Ohio State University faculty and staff.
It’s an extra happy New Year to us at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum as we welcome Kay Clopton to our team! Kay will serve as the Mary P. Key Resident for Cultural Diversity Inquiry at the Billy Ireland, a visiting library faculty position, for the next two years.
Kay is a Ph.D. candidate in Ohio State’s Comparative Studies program and the Administrative Associate for the Human Rights in Transit program in the Department of Slavic and Eastern European Languages and Cultures. She was a Graduate Administrative Associate for the Discovery Grant Program in 2016-17. She taught Comparative Studies courses for six years as a graduate student, including second-year writing courses focused on popular culture, graphic arts, and American identity, as well as general education courses. Her graduate work focuses on sound effects in Japanese manga and North American comics and how they impact the reading experience. She earned her MLIS at Kent State University.
Thanks to her subject expertise, we are looking forward to working with Kay to enhance discoverability and use of our manga collection, as well as our other diverse materials.
The two-year Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program, started in 1989, is designed to assist a graduate in making a successful transition to academic research librarianship
and provides the opportunity for hands-on experience in most areas of the University Libraries’ operations, including public and technical services, as well as administration. Mary P. Key was an emerita assistant professor of the University Libraries. Before retiring from the Agriculture Library in 1998, she served as the first chair of the Libraries’ Diversity Committee, which oversees the diversity residency program. She was the second African American librarian to head a department at the OSU Libraries.
Welcome aboard, Kay!