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The Borough is my Library Debut!

Submitted by alycia on Thu, 12/10/2009 - 12:28

The Borough is my Library: A Greater Metropolitan Library Workers Zine

An exploration of the bibliographic undergrowth of New York City through the eyes of those at work in independent libraries, academic institutions and in the streets. Featuring day-in-the-life comics created by zine librarians, narratives of those who started their own collections from scratch, and other works that explore library microcosms within the city. With works by members of the ABC No Rio Zine Library, Books Through Bars, Branch Project, Radical Reference, Reanimation Library and more!

Copies available on a sliding scale $3 – $7. All profits go to Literacy for Incarcerated Teens. Other issues available online here.

Due to demand, I'm now in the second printing of issue #1, which means that if you place an order, I'll send you an entirely black and white version (as pictured above).


The Borough is My Library #1




Contents of The Borough is my Library Vol.1 No.1:

  • Branch: Libraries as Public Space Interventions/Jerome Chu
  • The Work of the Zine in the Age of Social Networking/Jack Z. Bratich
  • A Day in the Life of a Reference + Zine Librarian in New York City: March 24, 2009/Jenna Freedman
  • Books Through Bars/Victoria Law
  • Kathleen Hanna and Riot Grrrl Archives/Kate Angell
  • The Cataloging Department/Suckzoo Han
  • Radical Reference/Melissa Morrone
  • Solace Among the Stacks/Eric Nelson
  • Reanimation Library/Andrew Breccone
  • Paperdoll Librarian/Caitlin Quinn
  • (portions of) East Village Inky/Ayun Halliday
  • Also: Reprints from Synergy, ed. by Celeste West



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