Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


World Fantasy Convention

It may come as no surprise to anyone, but I've been to my share of science fiction conventions. This weekend, I'll be going to the World Fantasy Convention. The convention is hosted by a different city every year (as opposed to local cons, like Readercon or Philcon, which are hosted in the same city every year) and this year it's in Austin, TX. Last year it was in Madison, WI.

The World Fantasy Convention is mostly fantasy writers, but there are science fiction folks who show up, too. There are no costumes, and the convention is typically populated by pros (i.e., writers, editors, agents, artists, etc.) unlike the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon for short) which is mostly populated by fans. It's a great place to go if you want to be able to talk to writes and the like that you're a fan of. Or if you have a zine that you want to sell to people.

So what does this have to do with libraries? Well, how about being able to see all sorts of new books that are coming out and getting the chance to talk to authors (like Holly Black or Kelly Link or Howard Waldrop). You can also talk to fans and see what kinds of things they like and try to see how and if they're using the library. Maybe there's a group of burgeoning new writers that need a place to meet, and maybe your library is just the place they're looking for. Maybe your library is the place for some of these writes to come and interact with the public. Or maybe, as I found out at last year's World Fantasy, a bunch of the writers, editors, etc. are also librarians and you can brainstorm with them.

I'll provide a complete report when I get back.

John Klima


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