Zine Collections From Scratch


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A presentation given at the first Zine Librarian Unconference at the Richard Hugo House in Seattle. March, 2009.

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Zine Collections From Scratch

  1. 1. TRL's Zine Collection Story: Starting From Scratch Kelsey Smith Olympia Timberland Library
  2. 2. Step 1: the Pitch <ul><ul><li>Have your ducks in a row... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rough budget </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Staff time required </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collection location </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reasons for starting collection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anticipate and meet concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide friendly zine examples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aim high on the decisionmaking chain </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Step 2: Planning <ul><ul><li>Policies & Procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collection development (including donations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cataloging? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organization on shelves </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To circulate, or not to circulate? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Staff preparation/warning/proselytizing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ordering & payment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take your time with this part & consult heavily with the muckety-mucks and staff for buy-in... </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Step 3: Ordering <ul><ul><li>What do you want in your collection? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cuanto dinero? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quantity or quality? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who do you order from? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Petty cash options? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. TRL's Subject Categories Activism Animals Art Body Image Collaborative/Split Comics Community Building Culture Disabilities DIY/How-to Elderly Feminist Food Gender Health History Homelessness Humor Interviews Kids LGBTQ Literature/Poetry Local & Northwest Media Mental Health Music Parenting Perzines Political theory Prisoners/Prison Punk Race/Anti-Racism Religion Review Science Sex & Relationships Survivors/Support Sustainability Teens Transportation Travel Variety Work
  6. 6. Podunk Color Coded Cataloging System
  7. 8. Step 4: Processing (GET AN INTERN!!!) ‏
  8. 9. Our Cataloging...
  9. 11. Processing stickers & stuff... <ul><li>Location sticker </li></ul><ul><li>Cutter/call number </li></ul><ul><li>Subject stickers </li></ul><ul><li>Barcode </li></ul>
  10. 12. On the shelves!
  11. 13. Content Context Content Resume of Charm- awesome zine about blow up sex dolls, a tough sell for a public library collection PS- our selector is awesomely liberal about this kind of stuff
  12. 14. Tried and failed to get this added… great information but the title didn’t fly
  13. 15. Programming & Outreach
  14. 18. More Programming & Outreach <ul><ul><li>Zine workshop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IPRC Zine Tour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joshua Ploeg vegan cooking demo & zine reading with bonus reading from three locals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explanation zines & suggestion flyers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relationship with Olympia Zine Library in Last Word Books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buying from local zinesters, distros, & book/comic stores </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rad Skillz- local events calendar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24 hour Zine Thing program & reading- over 50 attendees! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Olympia Comics Festival info table </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporating zines in book displays </li></ul></ul>
  15. 19. Questions?
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