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This week’s NewsBreak is an introduction to graphic medicine. Catch up on NewsBreaks’ coverage of graphic novels and comics: 

The Lifeline to the Community, part of A Day in the Life of Five Librarians, Part 8

April 5, 2022

Graphic novels have enjoyed a huge increase in popularity over the years, and, thankfully, the negative viewpoint toward them from parents and educators has decreased.


Kate Smyth

Managing Big Community Events, part of A Day in the Life of Five Librarians, Part 4

Nov. 5, 2019

In 2018, [Kate Smyth, the library development officer for Oldham Libraries,] worked on a Carnegie UK Trust/Wellcome Trust-funded project, Comics and Cosplay: Caring for Young Minds. It was focused on improving young people’s mental health, and we aimed to provide different activities and a tangible outcome. The project included the opportunity to share stories about mental health and contribute to a comic based on their lived experiences of anxiety, school pressure, and sexual identity.

 “The Avengers in the Stacks

June 6, 2017

Which comic book adaptations are you planning to see at the movies this summer? There’s usually at least one, and this year, you’ve got DC’s Wonder Woman and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming. If any of those options appeal to you, you’re the perfect candidate to get hooked on comic books—if you aren’t already, that is. After all, comics are a mainstream form of entertainment these days, and libraries have taken notice.

Celebrating Diversity at ALA Midwinter

Feb. 17, 2015

The conference officially opened with a lively discussion on the role of graphic novels in education during the ERT/Booklist Author Forum. Cece Bell (author of El Deafo), Françoise Mouly (the New Yorker’s art director), Jeff Smith (author of Bone), and Gene Luen Yang (author of American Born Chinese) spoke about their first encounters with comics and graphic novels, debated the merits of the medium being known as for “all ages,” lauded graphic novels as teaching tools, and discussed how the medium contributes to diversity in children’s literature.

An Info Pro's Guide to Graphic Medicine
by Patti Gibbons
The PathoGraphics website states, "Illness and disability are very personal matters: they are located in individual bodies, connected to specific life stories, and may even be difficult to communicate, as in the cases of pain or grief." As one way to help tell those stories, a genre of medical/health-related graphic literature, known as graphic medicine, is emerging to educate, communicate, and document the discourse of healthcare through the medium of comics.
Content Authenticity Initiative: The Solution to Information's Provenance Problem?
by Christopher Kenneally
CCC's (Copyright Clearance Center's) Chris Kenneally, host and producer of CCC's weekly podcast series, Velocity of Content, recently recorded a podcast with Santiago Lyon, who is head of advocacy and education for the Adobe-led Content Authenticity Initiative. In the present atmosphere of disinformation and information, Lyon is leading this effort to offer a technological solution to what he calls information's provenance problem. In this article, Kenneally delves into the Content Authenticity Initiative and its mission to provide consumers with more information about the content they're seeing and to help them become more discerning about media.

Weekly News Digests
ALA Releases Statement Praising Senate's FY2023 Appropriations Bill
ALA shared that the FY2023 "funding bills released by the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 28 would, for the first time in 26 years, provide federal funding to modernize library buildings nationwide."
GOBI Library Solutions Ebooks Get More Visible via Integration With Talis Aspire
EBSCO Information Services announced the following: "E-book offerings available in GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO … are now visible in Talis Aspire for all e-suppliers with whom the customer has an active relationship via GOBI."
IMLS Awards $21 Million in Grants for U.S. Libraries and Archives
IMLS issued awards totaling more than $21 million to 71 institutions. The funds come from the National Leadership Grants for Libraries and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.
APA Touts the Benefits of Letting Your Mind Wander
The American Psychological Association (APA) shared a journal article it published, "Thinking About Thinking: People Underestimate How Enjoyable and Engaging Just Waiting Is," in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
TikTok Files a Trademark Application for a Music Service
Emma Roth writes the following for The Verge: "TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, filed a trademark application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for 'TikTok Music' in May. According to the filing, the service would let users purchase, play, share, and download music."

NewsLink Spotlight
What You Need to Know About the Metaverse
by Brandi Scardilli
The metaverse isn't exactly new—if you played Second Life at any time in the last 20 years, you've entered the metaverse—but it's become a hot topic these days thanks in large part to the one-two punch of Facebook's parent company now being called Meta (with the goal of "bring[ing] the metaverse to life") and the pandemic forcing so much of our social lives online. The following is a sampling of the metaverse stories NewsBreaks and Information Today have published in the past year.

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