Meet our 2020 Jurors

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Natasha Forrester Campbell

Natasha Forrester Campbell is a Youth Librarian at the Multnomah County Library’s Hollywood location. In her professional life, she creates programming for ages birth to 18 and the adults who raise and teach them, including moderating graphic novel book groups for kids in grades 2-3 and 4-5 and their favorite adults. She has presented at the American Library Association's annual conference and Rose City Comic Con on youth graphic novels and programming around them. When not actively librarianing, she plays board games, walks her dogs, searches for the perfect gyro, and collects picture books and graphic novels like a dragon hoards gold.

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Richard Graham

Richard Graham is an Associate Professor and Media Services Librarian at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He holds courtesy appointments with both the English and Art, Art History and Design departments and manages the Visual Resources Collections. In 2012, his book, Government Issue: Comics for the People, 1940s-2000s, was nominated for both Eisner and Harvey awards for Best Archival Collection. In 2015, he served as an Eisner Award judge and was a reviewer for the blog No Flying No Tights. Richard currently is the managing editor for SANE Journal (Sequential Art Narratives in Education), a peer-reviewed, open-access journal dedicated to using comics in the classroom. He enjoys the sporadic reliability of vintage French mopeds and has a affinity for cats.

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Genevieve Grove

Genevieve Grove is the Elementary School Services Librarian at the Oak Park Public Library (Illinois). She has served on state and local committees organizing continuing education opportunities for librarians and selecting books for a K-3 award. She was also a member of ALA’s inaugural Graphic Novel and Comics Round Table: Resources and Toolkits committee and loves spending hours wandering the Artists’ Alley of nearby comic conventions. She's passionate about uplifting all the kids of her community and finding ways to bring the library where it’s needed most. Genevieve is also a proud Hufflepuff and is into crafts. And cookies.

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Tiffany Harkleroad

Tiffany Harkleroad is the Youth Services Librarian at the Butler Area Public Library, in Butler, Pennsylvania. A 2017 alumnus of San Jose State University, Tiffany has been working in libraries since 2013; prior to this, she was an independent book reviewer. She served on the jury for the 2019 Will Eisner Innovation Grant and as a mentor for both the 2018 and 2019 cohorts of the Public Library Association’s Inclusive Internship Initiative. In addition, she currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for YALS. Tiffany has long championed graphic novels within libraries, including the creation of a juvenile graphic novel collection at the Butler Area Public Library in the summer of 2018. She currently oversees all graphic novel collection development at the library for juveniles, young adults and adults alike. Tiffany lives in Western Pennsylvania with her husband, two dogs and a cat — all five of them like to spend the weekends reading graphic novels.

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Paige Harp

Paige Harp is the Coordinator of Infant Through Grade 12 Resources and the Children’s and Young Adult Book Review Board of Missouri at Missouri State University’s Meyer Library in Springfield. As the Coordinator of Infant Through Grade 12 Resources, she provides services and materials to students working toward careers in education or other programs focused on children and youth. With the Children’s and Young Adult Book Review Board of Missouri, Paige works with youth in grades 5-12, teachers, librarians, and MSU’s students, faculty, and staff to improve access to new titles sent by publishers. She also conducts workshops on how to write quality book reviews for publication. Before becoming an academic librarian, Paige worked as a public librarian for five years. During that time, she served the teens in her area through outreach to local schools and by conducting the very popular Teen Friday Nights program. Since it was so hard to leave her amazing teen patrons behind when she transitioned to academic librarianship, Paige — a loyal Hufflepuff — can still be found “geeking out” with them at the Library Station Branch of Springfield-Greene County Public Library system as a volunteer most Friday nights. When not working/volunteering, Paige is an avid geek who plays Dungeons & Dragons, cosplays, watches cartoons, and, of course, devours comics and graphic novels.

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Meredith McGovern

Meredith McGovern is the Children’s Librarian at the Falls of Schuylkill branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, where she has focused on expanding the graphic novel collection, sharing her love of comics with a diverse group of young patrons, and reaffirming that comics are for everyone. She works on the Free Library Comic Con planning committee, handling the children’s programming for the system’s yearly con. She currently is a member of the ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table’s Convention Planning Committee. Outside of working with comics professionally, she is part of a monthly graphic novel book club, looks forward to attending New York Comic Con every year, and is happy to talk with you about her extremely passionate fandoms.

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Alea Perez

Alea Perez has led the Youth Services department at the Westmont Public Library, located in the Chicago suburbs, since June 2015. For nine years, she has aimed to help children, teens, and their caregivers in both Illinois and Arizona discover the joy and wonder of libraries. Alea received her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has served on the 2017 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee, was the 2018 YALSA GGNT Chair, is an SLJ and Multiversity Comics reviewer, has participated as an SDCC panelist (2017) and moderator (2017-8), and is dedicated to advocacy for youth services management, graphic novels for youth and teens, and diversity and inclusion in the field at large.

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David S. Serchay

David S. Serchay is a librarian in the Broward County Library (FL) Library System, where his responsibilities include selecting graphic novels. He is the author of The Librarian’s Guide to Graphic Novels for Children and ‘Tweens, The Librarian’s Guide to Graphic Novels for Adults, and the upcoming  The Librarian’s Guide to Comics and co-author of Graphic Novels: A Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More, 2nd Edition. He has also contributed to various reference books on graphic novels, including The Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels, Comics Through Time, Icons of the American Comic Book, and multiple volumes of The Critical Survey of Graphic Novels. He has spoken on the topic of graphic novels and libraries at ALA conferences and the San Diego Comic-Con as well as in libraries around Florida. He has been a reader of comics since childhood and lives in South Florida with his wife and twin daughters.

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Danica Sheridan

Danica Sheridan is the Young Adult Librarian at the Silver Lake Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library where she manages an extensive graphic novel, comics and manga collection for teens and adults. Recently elected to the American Library Association's new Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) as a Member-at-Large, she is an advocate of improving metadata and bibliographic control of graphic storytelling to reflect the diversity of the format and increase findability. Danica is a Girls Who Code Club facilitator, teen volunteer supervisor, and judge of a local middle-school science fair.

2019 Jurors

Gail de Vos, Leigh Anne Focareta, Francisca Goldsmith, Paige Harp, John Meier, Michael Pawuk, Alea Perez, David S. Serchay, Stacey Shapiro and Rebecca B. Vargha.

2018 Jurors

Gail de Vos, Leigh Anne Focareta, Francisca Goldsmith, Thomas Maluck, John Meier, Michael Pawuk, Carla Riemer, Rebecca B. Vargha and Linda Ward-Callaghan