by Brandi Scardilli
My best friend in high school was obsessed with Japanese animation. She loved Hayao Miyazaki movies and liked to draw characters with the typical anime features: prominent irises in big eyes, little bumps for noses, and spiky hair. Reading Anthony Aycock’s feature, “On the Go With the Carolina Manga Library,” reminded me that there’s a whole other Japanese art form that doesn’t get enough credit for igniting kids’ imaginations: manga. These comic books and graphic novels are a worthy addition to any classroom, whether to help motivate reluctant readers or to share classic literature in a more easily digestible format. Aycock interviews Laura Mehaffey, founder and executive director of the Carolina Manga Library, about her efforts to share manga with readers across the country.
Continuing the theme of unconventional learning materials, Corilee Christou takes a look at the current state of OERs in “What’s Up With OER Adoption.” She shares some online resources that can help schools implement them, including OER Commons, a platform for collaboration.
The National Digital Stewardship Residency participants get quite an education during their internships at institutions such as Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which are sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Barbie Keiser writes about the 2016–2017 residents’ presentations of their work in “The Latest Digital Preservation Projects.”
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