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Cosplay in Libraries: How to Embrace Costume Play in Your Library (Paperback)
  • Cosplay in Libraries: How to Embrace Costume Play in Your Library (Paperback)

Cosplay in Libraries: How to Embrace Costume Play in Your Library (Paperback)

Paperback 168 Pages / Published: 27/10/2015
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Cosplay, comics, anime, and geek culture have exploded into the mainstream over recent years and have resulted in a thriving community of costume enthusiasts and pop culture fans. Libraries on the leading edge are already embracing cosplay by integrating this new worldwide sensation into their programming and events. Cosply in Libraries: How to Embrace Costume Play in Your Library includes quotes and interviews with librarians who are incorporating cosplay into their programming as well as with cosplayers. You'll also find 32 full-color photographs of cosplay in action to give you both ideas and inspiration for getting started. Learn all about the world of cosplay and how you can host cosplay events, workshops, makerspaces, clubs, and more in your library!

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442256484
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 251 x 178 x 10 mm

In this volume, Kroski demonstrates her love of cosplay and argues for the inclusion of fandoms in the library space. Beginning with defining cosplay and the many different types of fandoms that participate, the author delves into the various ways that libraries can integrate cosplay into their collections and programming, citing several examples of institutions that are doing it successfully. Kroski's direct address of the relevance of cosplay for fostering learning also serves to educate those who do not see its role in the library. While there are many books on cosplay and the culture surrounding it, this work includes a plethora of resources and ideas for a variety of budgets and locations, as well as helpful advice on the challenges planners may face. Verdict: Kroski provides an essential reference for librarians and library staff interested in bringing cosplay into their setting. This work will be invaluable for those who are unsure of how to get started and are looking for a guide to walk them through the process. The chapter on programming ideas will be particularly useful as the author clearly presents the key elements involved in putting an event together successfully. * Library Journal *
Cosplay in Libraries is a treasury of hands-on instructions, practical programming advice, informational resources and even a few of the finer points of geek culture. Kroski brings expertise and enthusiasm to a topic that may surprise you with its relevance to libraries. Whatever your level of experience with cosplay and event planning, whether or not your library is new to fandom-style programming, you'll learn something new, fun and interesting from this book." -- Jason Puckett, Librarian for Communication and Virtual Services, Georgia State University Library, and author of Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators
Fandom is a powerful model for self-organizing communities of enthusiasm, and Libraries are naturally positioned to roll out the welcome mat to fandoms of all types! Cosplay is a big part of modern fandom, and Ellyssa's book gives library staff of any level, at libraries of any scale, what they need to pitch, plan, and present a dynamite Cosplay experience for library users new and old. -- Eli Neiburger, Deputy Director, Ann Arbor District Library
Whether you are just starting to explore the fascinating world of cosplay or are a seasoned veteran of the cosplay, comic, anime and general "geek culture", I can guarantee that Cosplay in Libraries will be a worthwhile and engaging read. Ellyssa Kroski covers all possible topics that a librarian would need to know in order to successfully integrate cosplay in to programming at their own library. Filled with ideas, resources, practical advice and much more, this book is a must buy for any library considering hosting a comic con or any other type of cosplay event. The staff at Princeton Public Library in Princeton, NJ found it immensely useful in guiding their own efforts to plan their first ever comic con. -- Janie Hermann, Public Programming Librarian, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ

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