Intersectional Feminist Archives: Ethics Into Practice, Radical Archives conference


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Barnard Zine Library: Privileging Creators
Barnard Zine Library policies and procedures are intended to be responsive to and reflective of zine community ethos. Honoring a zine maker's request to remove her zine from one's collection can provoke ethical fisticuffs in a zine librarian/librarian zinester's heart. To whom is the feminist archivist of living authors' materials more responsible, the authors themselves or researchers from the future? And to distant researchers? If we want the voices represented in the Barnard Zine Library--default female, as often as not queer, often young, usually radical, women of color emphasized, etc.--to be part of the archival narrative of the late 20th/early 21st century is it a mistake to privilege the zines' creators wishes? As Kate Eichhorn posits in The Archival Turn in Feminism can "…item-level cataloging of marginal materials holds more potential for subversion than simply digitizing the same materials." even for remote users of our collection? This paper will explore how, influenced by our location in an institution peopled by faculty and scholars that integrate intersectional feminisms into their lives and work, it is ultimately reasonable to have a creator-centric philosophy inform our decision-making.

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  • My cat, my zine because my cat has no agency, and I said it was okay to use my zine.
  • Intersectional Feminist Archives: Ethics Into Practice, Radical Archives conference

    1. 1. Intersectional Feminist Archives Ethics Into Practice Barnard Zine Library Disruptions Presented by Jenna Freedman NYU Radical Archives Conference, April 2014
    2. 2. collection statement Barnard's zines are written by women (cis- and transgender) with an emphasis on zines by women of color. We collect zines on feminism and femme identity by people of all genders. The zines are personal and political publications on activism, anarchism, body image, third wave feminism, gender, parenting, queer community, riot grrrl, sexual assault, trans experience, and other topics.
    3. 3. changing identities ● Name ● Gender I would have included a zine cover here, but doing so would call attention to zine publishers who are trying to distance themselves from a previous identity.
    4. 4. copying & scanning ● Interlibrary loan ● Incarcerated people 38% 26% 20% 16% Are you comfortable with Barnard Zine Library personnel photocopying a zine to send to a remote patron? I SEE NO PROBLEM WITH THIS ONLY IF THE ZINE IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE I DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THIS OTHER
    5. 5. item-level cataloging
    6. 6. item-level cataloging
    7. 7. item-level cataloging
    8. 8. links & stuff ● Barnard Zine Library – – @barnlib – ● List of zine libraries worldwide ● Using CLIO to find zines ● Jenna – –
    9. 9. gratuitous cat