Alternative Literature: A Practical Guide for Librarians

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Gower, Jan 1, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 202 pages
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This book therefore serves a number of purposes. It defines alternative literature, explains how it can be used and appreciated, and examines the concerns and nature of such publications. It is often difficult to track down alternative literature, and guidelines are given for identifying and acquiring it from a variety of different types of sources. Networking of all kinds is necessary to keep abreast of the constant stream of new titles and the methods of collection management and access are discussed. To acquire, use and properly exploit alternative literature is an essential part of collection management, often requiring a very different approach to 'standard' book collections. This book will provide all the essential starting points along this road.

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Alternative press materials are by the author's definition "generally absent from mainstream library collections and bibliographic tools." These titles, however, have great value for developing ... Read full review


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The Nature and Value of Alternative Literature
From fanzines to zines

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Chris Atton is Professor of Media and Culture in the School of Arts and Creative Industries of Edinburgh Napier University. His research is primarily interested in popular culture that is produced by "ordinary," non-professional writers and editors of fanzines, radical newspapers, independent publishers and social media. He is particularly interested in how audiences and fan communities make sense of popular culture through their own writing. He has made special studies of music fanzines, radical political newspapers and the use of the internet for the distribution of "amateur ideas." His books include Alternative Media (Sage, 2002) and Alternative Journalism (Sage, 2008, with James F. Hamilton).

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