Geek Out at the Library
by Brandi Scardilli
San Diego Comic-Con is my favorite weekend of the summer. The Hall H panels, the celebs bringing donuts and coffee to attendees camped out in line, the spoiler-free-and-therefore-vague news about upcoming plotlines for my favorite TV shows—it’s heaven.
And yet, I’ve never actually been to Comic-Con. It’s a bucket-list wish to go one day, but for now, I spend that weekend obsessively refreshing YouTube and EW.com. That’s how popular it is to participate in fandom these days: Dozens of media outlets descend on San Diego to bring me up-to-the-minute coverage so I can feel like I’m there.
Needless to say, I did a happy dance when Anthony Aycock told me he wanted to write a primer on fandom for librarians this month. If you’re a fellow fan, I hope you’ll geek out with us. If the world of fandom is new to you, I hope you’ll be inspired learn more.
Justin Hoenke continues his series, Tales From the Library Trenches, with a look at how to survive (and thrive) during your first year as a library director. (Justin is a fan too—I dare you not to sing along while you read his article.) And M’Lissa Story talks to a Colorado librarian about the exciting things he’s doing at his library, including the creation of a space for audiovisual production. He’s nurturing future artists, who will have their own fans one day.