Because I was a little busy and stressed when the latest Library Journal zine reviews column came out on May 7, I didn't get around to mentioning it. The May 2009 column, contributed by Jerianne Thompson, Zines from a Tennessee Public Library: Or, Stop Being a Wuss and Start a Collection Already! reviews zines held at the Linebaugh Public Library in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In choosing the theme for this issue, I wanted to show that zines aren't just for Yankee liberals, that they can and do serve the public in all types of libraries and geographic locations.
In case you didn't know, Jerianne is Wonder Woman.
She works full time at the library while attending library school, edits Zine World (a quarterly review zine and authoritative website), co-administers ZineWiki, and with her partner parents a 3-year-old. I already knew about most of Jerianne's activities when I met her at the Zine Libraries (un)Conference, but I didn't yet fully comprehend just how utterly brilliant and accomplished she was. She was a really good facilitator at the sessions she ran, and also had so much to contribute at sessions she wasn't in charge of that I might just consider her the conference MVP! Plus, if you read the column, you'll see she's a darned good writer, as well.