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From A to Zine

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Libraries eager to serve the underserved teen-to-twenty year old market can make the library a cool place to hang out. All it takes are Zines, according to the author, young adult librarian Julie Bartel. Zines and alternative press materials provide a unique bridge to appeal to disenfranchised youth, alienated by current collections. For librarians unfamiliar with the terr ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by American Library Association
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Jan 27, 2012 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Zinesters, Zine Librarians, LIS Students
Recommended to Michael by: Jenna Freedman
This is one of the most enjoyable books I've read for school, the moreso because it was so wonderfully nostalgic for me to read. I published a zine from 1989-1993 or so, and it turns out my zine is now housed in the New York State Library's Factsheet Five Collection. I recall that, at the time, my mother the librarian was horrified by the vast amounts of published material showing up in my mailbox that no one could get access to through any library. Well, one library-generation later, there are ...more
Ryan Mishap
Tracy read this while setting up a zine library at the University of Oregon and since it was around, I went ahead and gave it a look see.
I was a bit miffed at some of her explanations, definitions, and ideas about zines, but I'm fairly dogmatic when it comes to how I think of zines and what they should be. As for the collecting bit, hey, I'm not a librarian.
This book is one of the most helpful books I've read in a long time… this is going to be so helpful this summer as I attempt to do this?! ^.^
I'm still working on my MLIS but reading this really makes me want to build a zine collection -- wherever I end up working!
Nice guide to launching a zine collection in a library. Focuses on public libraries, but a decent how-to nonetheless.
Super helpful.
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