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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.

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

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  • 1. TRL's Zine Collection Story: Starting From Scratch Kelsey Smith Olympia Timberland Library
  • 2. Step 1: the Pitch
      • Have your ducks in a row...
        • Rough budget
        • Staff time required
        • Collection location
        • Reasons for starting collection
      • Anticipate and meet concerns
      • Provide friendly zine examples
      • Aim high on the decisionmaking chain
  • 3. Step 2: Planning
      • Policies & Procedures
        • Collection development (including donations
        • Cataloging?
        • Organization on shelves
        • To circulate, or not to circulate?
        • Staff preparation/warning/proselytizing
        • Ordering & payment
        • Timeline
      • Take your time with this part & consult heavily with the muckety-mucks and staff for buy-in...
  • 4. Step 3: Ordering
      • What do you want in your collection?
      • Cuanto dinero?
      • Quantity or quality?
      • Who do you order from?
      • Petty cash options?
  • 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. Podunk Color Coded Cataloging System
  • 7.  
  • 8. Step 4: Processing (GET AN INTERN!!!) ‏
  • 9. Our Cataloging...
  • 10.  
  • 11. Processing stickers & stuff...
    • Location sticker
    • Cutter/call number
    • Subject stickers
    • Barcode
  • 12. On the shelves!
  • 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
  • 14. Tried and failed to get this added… great information but the title didn’t fly
  • 15. Programming & Outreach
  • 16.  
  • 17.  
  • 18. More Programming & Outreach
      • Zine workshop
      • IPRC Zine Tour
      • Joshua Ploeg vegan cooking demo & zine reading with bonus reading from three locals
      • Explanation zines & suggestion flyers
      • Relationship with Olympia Zine Library in Last Word Books
      • Buying from local zinesters, distros, & book/comic stores
      • Rad Skillz- local events calendar
      • 24 hour Zine Thing program & reading- over 50 attendees!
      • Olympia Comics Festival info table
      • Incorporating zines in book displays
  • 19. Questions?