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(Webinar) Got Fandom?: How Mini-Cons Can Transform Libraries and Communities

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Megan Aarant

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Transcript of (Webinar) Got Fandom?: How Mini-Cons Can Transform Libraries and Communities

So...what's Fandom?
Whovians
Twihards
Potterheads
Trekkies
Beliebers
Sherlockians
Nerdfighters
Tributes
Bronies
Universe
Directioners
Hunters
Ringers
Truebies
Whedonites
Gaimanites
2013: From Humble Beginnings...
Small budget
Geared toward active Manga Club members
Teen focused event but attracted all ages
Newly published YA author Skyped for $50!
Galactic Quest Comics "How to Draw Comics" presentation
Cosplay Costume Contest
Crafts, games, vendors, panels, and more!
250 participants
Larger budget
Kicked off SRP for teens & children
Programs/crafts/activities for children, teens, & families
More
Community involvement
Media coverage
Advertising
Added
Offical "logo"
Food vendors
Bigger name Skype visits (author and actor)
Maker/digital media component
1,000 participants
2014: ...Come Great Things
Changes perceptions of libraries
Big event pulling in a wide audience, including non-library users
Promotes:
Library materials
Multiple literacies
Creativity
Community engagement
Sense of belonging
FUN!
Got Fandom?: How Mini-Cons Can Transform Libraries and Communities
Presented by Megan Aarant and Natalie Couch, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries
Best Practices
Incorporate activities & fandoms with adult appeal
Repeat popular programs throughout the day
Outdoor, physical, & sports activities
FanArt/FanFic submissions in library teen lit magazine
Out-of-state vendor & performers
Fewer crafts at scheduled times
Fandom "meet-ups"
2015: To Infinity & Beyond
Get ALL vendors & content providers to sign contracts
Create a back-up plan
Have food (lots!) or schedule around mealtimes
Print schedules
Partner with local schools & organizations to advertise
Get community involvement/input
Reach out to community organizations & local personalities
Ask for feedback

Photo Credit: Ledger-Enquirer
Photo Credit: Ledger-Enquirer
Gryffindor!
The Books
The Fandom
Pop Quiz!
Questions?

Your experience or suggestions?
Photo Credits: Library Staff
Photo Credits: Library Staff
2014
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines FANDOM as

1: all the fans (as of a sport)
2: the state or attitude of being a fan

with the first known use of FANDOM being in 1903!


The Perks of Hosting a Mini-Con
Photo Credit: Library Staff
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Photo Credit: Library Staff
2013
Contact us!
Megan: maarant@cvrls.net

Natalie: ncouch@cvrls.net

Pinterest Idea Board:
http://www.pinterest.com/megs_a/cvl-fanfest-mini-convention-ideas/

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Camden Comic-Con @ Rutgers University-Camden
Camden, NJ
Librari-Con @ Cumberland County Public Library
Fayetteville, NC
Comic New York Symposium @ Columbia University
New York, NY
All Sizes & Shapes
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