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Monday, September 18, 2023
MSU hires Comics Studies Librarian Jason Larsen
Since August 14th, Jason Larsen has been the Comics Studies Librarian at the largest comic book collection in the world. While getting his library degree, he interned at MSU. The Library is currently working on a renovation which will see the collection moved out of the basement. Larsen was at University of Illinois where he studied under Mara Thacker, (who is building a Southeast Asian collection at that library, although she just began a year-long sabbatical).
Randy Scott, the founding and guiding force behind the collection, retired in 2022 after 49 years in the position. Scott made MSU a major force in comic studies, expanding on the foothold that Russell Nye had built with a popular culture collection. The collection focused on American and European works as well as South American and is by far the largest most publicly available collection in the United States. During that time he established the Reading Room Index, an attempt to describe material in more detail than the standard library catalog, so you could decide what to look at before getting to the library. The RRI has not been updated since his departure.