Your Library@AVCon 2010

 
Your Library Staff @ AVCon
The annual Adelaide Anime and Video Game Convention took place this last weekend (July 23-25) at the Adelaide Convention Centre. For the second year running Public Libraries SA had a presence at the event, with a dozen staff from seven metropolitan public library services operating a booth promoting library services for youth. 

 

Even though this was the second time Public Libraries SA had participated in the convention, it was a major revelation to people that libraries have collections of Manga, Western Graphic Novels, Anime DVDs and videogames available for loan. Indeed, many people could scarcely believe it when told that Tea Tree Gully alone has more than 2200 titles in its collection.  In addition to promoting the library collections through a graphic novel display and Play Station games, a competition was held with first prize being a $100.00 gift voucher for Pulp Fiction Comics. 

Librarian's don't come much cooler than this!

We also took advantage of the event to promote the forthcoming Tea Tree Gully Readers Festival which will be held on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 August 2010 as well as take suggestions from the public on how they thought their libraries might provide improved services. It was great to see, when reading these suggestions, that many of them(such as allowing members of the public to participate in the selection of books for the library) were already being undertaken by the Tea Tree Gully Public Library.

 

What the author might look like if he were a Manga character

As a fan of Manga and Anime, I can honestly say that this is a great event. There are talks on costume making, a forum with representatives from Madman Entertainment, CosPlay (Costume) competitions, local artist (who will do sketches of you in manga style), Video Game Tournaments and special screenings of new release Anime. This year, the Australian Costumers Guild even did a presentation on SteamPunk (you really had to see this to appreciate it).      Once again, it was great to get out there and promote library services to this enormous and relatively untapped audience. See you there next year for AVCon’s 10th Birthday when we go RETRO!!! 

One thought on “Your Library@AVCon 2010

  1. You should have an AVCON style event in the library, like StarWars day etc. People would come from all over to visit and it would be fun.

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