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Luke Cage gets the libguide treatment

December 12, 2016
Luke Cage television poster

Krista White, digital humanities librarian and head of media services at Dana Library at Rutgers-Newark, has created a timely libguide for African American culture, books, and music related to the television show Luke Cage.

Luke Cage was the first black superhero to get his own comic book series, first appearing in the early 1970s, and the television show joins a raft of other Marvel-based television series on Netflix. Since debuting this fall, the show has, according to media sources, taken on deeper relevance, serving as a symbol of pride and resistance to police brutality for the black community.

Krista is a long-time comic book fan and even won a contest in 2015 to introduce comics writer and graphic novelist G. Willow Wilson as a keynote speaker at ACRL (watch Krista’s intro here).

“I was excited to watch Luke Cage and, working from established articles by Tara Betts and Miles Surrey, I wanted to use my skills as a librarian to help highlight the history and culture I saw being so lovingly featured in the show and to take it a step further for our students,” explains Krista.

Asked if she plans to expand libguide offerings on other Netflix shows, she says she might include Daredevil, Jessica Jones, or even other superhero characters outside the Netflix shows, depending on inspiration and themes relevant to faculty and student interests.