I am a total sucker for in-jokes, especially when they're as bibliogeekarific as this punny history of cataloging. I just wish they'd kept going instead of stopping in 1916.
SHARP Conference, 2007
Zines are self-published, but the motivation behind their publication is different than that driving many vanity press and chapbook authors. The principles of anarchism and punk rock community are fundamental to zines, not just as the cultures that birthed them in their current incarnation, but also as what separates them from other self-publications. By collecting and preserving zines, the non-music primary sources of punk rock, librarians are documenting these movements in the participants’ own voices—the voices of those too young, too politically radical, too crusty, and/or too bad mannered to appeal to the corporate media. It is important to note that zine producers are not only people who have been relegated to the margins but also people who have chosen to claim the margins. In contrast to most writers, many zine producers might choose to reject an offer from corporate publishing house. Why let someone else control what you can say, when you can do it yourself? This presentation will address the politics and cultural motivations of zine publication and contrast them with other types of self-publication. Focusing specifically on materials from Barnard College’s open-stack zine collection that uses riot grrrl and other third wave feminist zines to enhance its research-oriented Women’s Studies book collection, this paper will go on to explore why zines belong in established library collections.
Part of "Grrrls in the Library: the Collections and Preservation of Feminist Zines" panel.
Note the "handout" is actually the paper, not the handout.
[Read My T-Shirt] for President...a True History of the Political Front--and Back a new book with one chapter researched at Barnard. Thanks for the thanks.
There is an article about Desk Set (Brooklyn librarians) in The New York Sun. (I assume the link won't last long. It's from July 5, 2007. Article by Gary Shapiro, "For New-Look Librarians, Head to Brooklyn.")
This serves as my personal/professional blog. I write about zines and alternative press publications in libraries, cataloging, library activism, open source technology applications and culture, and lolcats.
I also review books and zines and occasionally publicize events.
Right now much of my professional stuff (talks, interviews, and whatnot) are at my Barnard site and on the zines site. My plan is to bring all the non-zines stuff over here. I've made a start with an academic page.
I get so sad when my books are "in transit" at NYPL for extended periods.