Zines in Libraries: Selecting, Purchasing, and Processing

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Item Number: 
978-0-8389-3804-1
Published: 
2022
Publishers: 
ALA Editions
Core
Pages: 
176
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
AP Categories: 
A, I, TS
  • Description
  • About the Authors

Featuring contributions from leaders in the intersection between zines and libraries, including Katrin Abel, Jeremy Brett, Ann (A'misa) Matsushima Chiu, Marta Chudolinska,  Jenna Freedman, Joan Jocson-Singh, Mica Johnson, Lauren Kehoe, Joshua Lupkin, Meg Metcalf, and Ziba Perez, this book presents an in-depth look at adding these unique materials successfully to a library collection.  

Their homegrown and esoteric aesthetic make zines important cultural and historical objects. Including them in library collections is a perfect way to amplify underrepresented voices. But the road from acquisition to cataloging these underground, self-published, and often fragile items can be difficult. This resource smooths the path forward, offering top-to-bottom guidance for collection development and acquisitions staff, administrators, catalogers, and access services librarians in understanding and processing zines for library collections. Readers will learn

  • why these collections are valuable, and how libraries can start a collection of their own;
  • targeted advice on zine collection development and management, including policy, selection, cataloging, and promotion;
  • how to navigate the challenges of obtaining zines from small independent vendors, zinefests, distros, third-party donors, and art collectives;
  • ways to work with zine creators to develop a respectful preservation program; 
  • insights from a case study exploring genre, context, and purpose in contemporary Latin American fanzines;
  • where zines can fit in at school libraries or in one-shot instruction; and
  • a look at the future of zines, from online zines to zine communities that are increasingly accessible, inclusive, and diverse.

Lauren DeVoe

Lauren DeVoe (she/her) is the Order and Continuing Resources Librarian for the Columbia University Libraries in New York City. In her role as an acquisitions librarian at several institutions, she has handled materials of all sorts and varieties, as well cultivated relationships with a diverse range of vendors. Lauren’s research interests include zines in technical services workflows, witchcraft in literature, specifically the role of women as witch figures, and Jacobean drama.

Sara Duff

Sara Duff is the Acquisitions & Collection Assessment Librarian at the University of Central Florida. She is the co-author of the book Guidance for Librarians Transitioning to a New Environment. Her areas of interest include communicating the value of the collection and improving textbook affordability options. She is an avid fan of zines and micropresses.

Core

The former Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) are now Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a new division of ALA. Its mission is to cultivate and amplify the collective expertise of library workers in core functions through community building, advocacy, and learning.

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