Re-imagining collection spaces: zines in institutional and community spaces


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Paper presented at AERI (Archives Education & Research Institute) 2009 at UCLA, July 2009

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Re-imagining collection spaces: zines in institutional and community spaces

  1. 1. Re-imagining collection spaces: zines in institutional and community spaces Jessie Lymn University of Technology, Sydney AERI 2009
  2. 2. <ul><li>Early-stages of PhD research project </li></ul><ul><li>Working with subcultural communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Zine makers, consumers, collectors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Site of resistance, non-conformance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for interdisciplinary research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information and archive studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural studies </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Zines?
  4. 4. A problem of definition <ul><li>More than the material object </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I use ‘zine’ as something more akin to a roughly held culture of literary productions and consumption, rather than a set object or a specific style of writing (Ware, 2004) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Public collections <ul><li>Public space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not necessarily accessible </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Two major Australian zine collections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State Library of Victoria collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Octapod collection, Newcastle </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. State Library of Victoria zine collection
  7. 7. State Library of Victoria <ul><li>Rare printed section </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Approx 5,000 titles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archival preservation standards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collected since 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Sourced by standing order with bookshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Polyester Books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sticky Institute </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Close connection with local zine community </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Octapod zine collection
  9. 9. Octapod collection, Newcastle <ul><li>Developed as part of National Young Writers Festival in 1998 </li></ul><ul><li>Grew from the festival and local zine collection </li></ul><ul><li>Nationally significant collection </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated 3000+ zines </li></ul><ul><li>Current stocktaking project </li></ul><ul><li>Connection with national zine community, little with local community </li></ul>
  10. 10. Reflections <ul><li>Both motivated by zine makers and consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Differences in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preservation standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long term sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Institutional collection vs community space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Octapod site for production (zine workshops) and consumption (browsing collection) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Future directions <ul><li>Exploring the idea of memory collection spaces as sites of production, consumption and collection </li></ul><ul><li>Moving away from institutional collections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on community spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Infoshops, zine libraries, art spaces </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Domestic space as a third space of collection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bringing the self into research </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Bartel, J. 2004, From A to Zine: Building a winning zine collection in your library, ALA Editions, Chicago. </li></ul><ul><li>Leventhal, A. 2007, 'Imperfect Bound: Zines, Materiality, and the question of Preserving Ephemera', Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture, Saskatoon, Saskatchwan </li></ul><ul><li>Ware, I. 2004, 'An Introduction to Zines and their Definition', New Media Poetics, vol. 3. </li></ul>