Zines in libraries


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Presented at the Collection Management Seminar "Getting Graphic" at the State Library of NSW, August 5, 2009.

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Zines in libraries

  1. 1. Zines in libraries State Library of NSW Collection Management Seminar 5 August 2009
  2. 2. Outline <ul><ul><li>Aims of today's presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introducing panel members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>John Stevens, Librarian, State Library of Victoria </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jessie Lymn, PhD student, UTS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vanessa Berry, zinemaker </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Susy Pow, Bird in the Hand zine distro </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defining zines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zines in libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Two major Australian collections </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Selected international examples </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Considerations for librarians </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Defining zines <ul><ul><li>Who makes them, and why? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideas of community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where are they? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zines in different contexts </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Introduction to zine collections <ul><li>Australian context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two major collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>State Library of Victoria & the Octapod (Newcastle) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Similarities, differences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other collections growing in Australian libraries and other spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>eg St Kilda Public Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>International examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most collections focussed on a specific subject area or geographical location </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. State Library of Victoria collection     <ul><ul><li>Rare printed section </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Uncatalogued </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Approx 5,000 titles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collected since 2000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zines sourced from bookshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Polyester Books </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sticky Institute </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current cataloguing project </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. State Library of Victoria 
  7. 7. State Library of Victoria 
  8. 8. The Octapod zine collection <ul><ul><li>Octapod Association, Newcastle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developed as part of National Young Writers Festival (run annually since 1998) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grew from the festival and local zine collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nationally significant collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Estimated 3000+ zines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grows by donation each year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current stocktaking project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration with local zine shop </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Octapod zine collection
  10. 10. Octapod zine library workshop, October 2008
  11. 11. International zine collections <ul><li>  </li></ul>
  12. 12. Barnard College collection, New York
  13. 13. Barnard College collection, New York
  14. 14. Multnomah County Library, Portland, Oregon
  15. 15. Multnomah County Library, Portland, Oregon
  16. 16. San Francisco Public Library
  17. 17. San Francisco Public Library
  18. 18. Archiv der Jugenkulturen, Berlin
  19. 19. Toronto Zine Library, Canada
  20. 20. Anchor Archive, Halifax, Canada (photo: Keg de Souza)
  21. 21. Considerations <ul><ul><li>Collection policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community demand? Library priorities? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acquisition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cash purchases or through distros/stores? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Circulating collection? Reference / archive? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cataloguing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Finding aids vs catalogue </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Censorship </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Find out more <ul><li>Zines in libraries literature </li></ul><ul><ul><li>see handout </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Australian zine anthologies/books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strawberry Hills Forever, Vanessa Berry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You anthology , Luke You </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Bird in the Hand zine distro open during lunch break  </li></ul>