From A to Zine: Building a Winning Zine Collection in Your Library
Libraries eager to serve the underserved teen-to-twenty year old market can make the library a cool place to hang out. All it takes are Zines, according to the author, young adult librarian Julie Bartel. Zines and alternative press materials provide a unique bridge to appeal to disenfranchised youth, alienated by current collections. For librarians unfamiliar with the territory, or anxious to broaden their collection, veteran zinester Bartel establishes the context, history and philosophy of zines, then ushers readers through an easy, do-it-yourself guide to creating a zine collection, including both print and electronic zines. discussions of intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. Teen and young adult librarians, high school media specialists, academic librarians, reference, and adult services librarians will uncover answers to questions about this new and growing literary genre: What is a zine and how does a library zine collection work? What are the pros and cons of having a zine collection in the library? When promoting zines, what appeals to patrons and non-library users alike? What is the best way to catalog and display? Where can libraries get zines and how much do they cost? collection, as well as a comprehensive directory of zine resources in this one-stop, one-of-a-kind guide.
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Page 5 - Zines, with all their limitations and contradictions, offer up something very important to the people who create and enjoy them: a place to walk to," writes Duncombe. "In the shadows of the dominant culture, zines and underground culture mark out a free space: a space within which to imagine and experiment with new and idealistic ways of thinking, communicating, and...
Page 2 - I doubt this new computer medium will supplant the paper zine entirely. After all, the telegraph, telephone, radio, and television never did away with the underground presses. There is something about the materiality of a zine — you can feel it, stick it in your pocket, read it in the park, give it away at a show — that I myself would be reluctant to give up.10 It also doesn't really matter.