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Press Release: Brooklyn College Library Unveils Zine Collection

For Immediate Release

Brooklyn College Library Unveils Zine Collection: 

Opening Celebration to Include Zine Readings and Exhibition,

July 31, 2012 7-9pm

Brooklyn, NY -- In celebration of the newly-established Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection, an opening celebration will be held on Tuesday, July 31 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, in Brooklyn College Library’s Christoph M. Kimmich Reading Room (1st floor). The event, which is open to the public, will feature zine readings, refreshments, an exhibition, and will represent the official unveiling of the browsing collection.

Zines (a contraction of “magazines”) are independent publications often authored/assembled by an individual or small group, reproduced on a photocopier, and distributed inexpensively in small runs, or traded from person to person. Zine collections are increasingly being established by librarians and archivists in an effort to include underrepresented perspectives and unique points of view in library collections.

The exhibition, entitled Fold, Staple, Share: Highlights from the Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection, will run throughout the summer and fall semesters and will spotlight notable zines from the collection, as well as information about zine-making and zine culture.

The reading on July 31 will feature local Brooklyn zinesters Kate Angell, Elvis Bakaitis, Tommy Pico, and Kate Wadkins, as well as Brooklyn College students Afrah Ahmed, Emma Karin Eriksson, and Tzirel Norman, among others.

The Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection specializes in zines that relate to Brooklyn, zines by Brooklyn College students and alumni, zines about zines, and other zines that relate to the student body and curriculum of Brooklyn College. The Zine Collection was founded in 2011 by Alycia Sellie, Media and Cultural Studies Librarian at Brooklyn College Library, with assistance from two cohorts of summer zine interns: Devon Nevola and Robin Potter (2011), and Sarah Rappo and Erica Saunders (2012). Whenever possible, two copies of each zine are collected: one will be in the open browsing collection, accessible whenever the library is open; the other will be placed in Special Collections at the library, accessible by appointment.

For more information on the Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection, please contact Alycia Sellie or visit http://brooklyncollegezines.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

Contact:  Alycia Sellie
Media and Cultural Studies Librarian
Brooklyn College Library                                                                                                          zinecollection@brooklyn.cuny.edu
(718) 758-8217

Meta-Radicalism: The Alternative Press by and for Activist Librarians

As of today, I've started using this site as one repository for my scholarly writing. While a personal website isn't really the best place to store one's work online for the long haul, I'm also using this platform to publish a project that I have been working on for quite some time: a paper titled "Meta-Radicalism: The Alternative Press by and for Activist Librarians." The piece talks about two waves of alternative library publications that focus on collecting alternative publications in libraries.

This has been the first work of mine to undergo the formal/scholarly peer-review process, and it feels like a major accomplishment. I am very happy to share it here under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. I am also proud to report that this piece will also become a chapter of a new book to be published by the University of Wisconsin Press by the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, titled Libraries and the Reading Public.

I welcome thoughts and reactions to the piece. Please read, share, and report back!

Spring 2012

Some documentation of what I've been up to:

"Open Access Beyond Academia," Maura Smale's post about our work at the Free University
&
Brooklyn Zine Fest Video by Jessica Durkin (click through for embedded video)

Join the Free University of NYC! | Tues May 1 | Madison Square Park


Free University of New York City


TUESDAY May 1, 2012 — MAY DAY
A public experiment in education — 10am to 3pm
Convergence of students, teachers, and the public
demanding free education for all — 3pm
Madison Square Park, 23rd St./5th Ave./Broadway
Subway: N/R to 23rd St. / 6 to 23rd, and 1 block west / F/M to 23rd St., and 1 block east
web: maydaynyc.org/freeuniversity twitter: @FreeUnivNYC | #FreeU
Schedule: http://atrium.occupy.net/sites/default/files/free_university_course_list.pdf

(CUNY-wide manifestation on May 2 at Brooklyn College 12pm, see below)

This May Day, a coalition of students and faculty from Brooklyn College, Columbia University, the CUNY Graduate Center, Eugene Lang College, Hunter College, New School for Social Research, New York University, the Occupy University, and Princeton University are collaborating to produce a “collective educational experiment” to be held on Tuesday, May 1st from 10am to 3pm. The action is in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street’s call for a General Strike and a day without the 99%.

May 2012

Looking forward to the Free Universityon May Day, and wondering whether fellow New Yorkers might want to observe International Day against DRM on May 4 in some official manner?

Writing/Community

Here's a bottle thrown out into the internet/ocean: would anyone reading this be interested to work alongside me in some capacity on various ongoing writing projects? I have a few things that I have been sitting on and would like some feedback and advice about the BIG overarching themes of the things that I have been writing about, but I am also wondering if there are colleagues out there who are in a similar situation and would like the favor returned on a somewhat regular basis?

I'm working on three projects right now that are all drafted but need more backbone (one about print/zines and community/american studies, another about ebooks and a final one that's a kind of crazy film/feminism piece).

Although I am reading and thinking a lot about open peer review in my digital humanities class this semester, these projects still don't feel polished enough to open them up to the wide web--I'm still figuring out what each of these things should be and how to get them there, and I wonder about publishing something that feels unfinished. But it might be the next step. Also, my interest in publishing this post is to think about resolving this larger dilemma--and feeling like I would like a group of people with whom to write and reflect on writing with.

After reading Planned Obsolescence, I agree with Kathleen Fitzpatrick that academic writing could and should be more social and conversational. I'm interested in thinking more about writing communities and support for writing works-in-progress. What resources, links, suggestions and advice can you share?

Upcoming NYC Print Events

Lots of really great looking events are on their way for those of us who like to hold pieces of things bound together in our hands and talk to the person who gathered and created:

FEMINIST ZINE FEST: Saturday, February 25 @ Brooklyn Commons

2012 CHAPBOOK FESTIVAL: Wednesday-Friday, March 28-30 @ the CUNY Grad Center and the Center for Book Arts

BROOKLYN ZINE FEST: Sunday, April 15 @ Public Assembly

I'll be tabling with copies of all issues of The Borough is My Library and as the Brooklyn College zine librarian at the zine fests, and hope to be exploring at the Chapbook Fest.

33. Wake Up and Fight

This has been going around everywhere, but I thought I'd share it here too: Woody Guthrie's 1942 resolutions. We made a big list of all of the good things from 2011 and I have a few goals for 2012, but I can't really top this.

More Pages than Ever Before: 2011 Reading Log

I didn't meet my goal for increasing the overall number of books in 2011. I'd set it high, at 65. But I did read one more book than I had in the last two years--52 instead of 51--and this year was also a LARGE book year: the number of pages that goodreads tells me I read in 2011 vastly outnumbers any previous year in which I kept track.

Most of the books on the list that aren't novels are because of grad school. There were also a number of books I am still half way through (a lot of cyberculture and ebook-related things) that I suspect I'll finish in 2012, and two huge novels I just started (Moby Dick and 1Q84).

Anyhow, here's the list! Especially recommended books are starred as usual. Happy 2012!

The Borough is My Library, Issue 3

The Borough is My Library: A Metropolitan Library Workers Zine, Issue 3, December 2011

It took me a little longer this year, but here are all of the details about The Borough is My Library/the Biblioball zine for 2011!!

Copies available on a sliding scale $4 – $7. All profits go to Literacy for Incarcerated Teens. Get issues 1 & 2 online here. Issues available free of charge for zine libraries.


The Borough is My Library #3




*If you would like to order a copy via the mail email alycia(at)brokenja(dot)ws for mailing address and further details, or to get a quote for additional shipping costs for international orders.

This year's issue features more about a few projects I've been working on and have been inspired by.

Contents include:

This issue also has an authentic cloth taped spine, LC call number classification, and found book pages.

CUNY IT Conference Slides


I gave a short talk at the CUNY IT Conference on December 9 and thought I would share the slides I made here. There are more notes about the panel I was a part of at the Open Access @ CUNY blog (Prof. Jill Cirasella's presentation is especially useful for those interested in the practicalities of OA publishing). We had excellent conversations with other CUNY folks at the conference, and it was great to get a chance to talk OA with a wide array of CUNY colleagues.

Biblioball & Stay Tuned for The Borough is My Library #3!


The Borough is My Library issues 1, 2, and 3 at the Biblioball

The 2011 Biblioball was yet again a marvellous party, made all the more wonderful seeing all the amazing Occupy Wall Street/People's Librarians out enjoying themselves. I gave all the remaining copies of the brand-new The Borough is My Library #3 that had been created (so far) to the People's Library on Saturday, so I'm totally out right now. But more info about ordering your own copy is soon to come--once the semester settles down enough for me to collate and bind more. In the meantime, you'll have to visit the mobile library for one, or stay tuned for more info!

December Films to See

Just a note that the Film Forum is screening Andrzej Zulawski’s POSSESSION, a Bleeding Light Film Group release, and Anthology Film Archives will be having a Anarchism on Film series later this month--if you happen to catch any of these, let me know what you think!

Get your tickets for the Biblioball!

I'm delighted to yet again be a (small) part of the Desk Set Biblioball! Come out and support Literacy for Incarcerated Teens and pick up a copy of the soon-to-be-released The Borough is My Library: A Metropolitan Library Workers Zine, #3!

Que(e)ry: Open Access Party November 19 @ Stonewall!

092 306.76 ǂb Q

110 2 Que(e)ry (Organization)

245 10 Que(e)ry V : ǂb open access / ǂc curated by the Que(e)ry Librarians.

260 New York, N.Y. : ǂb The Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher St.), ǂc Saturday, November 19, 2011.

300 1 dance party (9:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m.)

521 For queer librarians and those who love them ; everyone welcome (21+).

511 0 DJ MARC Records; DJ Sirlinda ; DJ Emoticon.

505 0 Queer Zines — Gay-A$$ Raffle — Nerdy Gogos — Queer-Lit Drinks.

536 $5-10 suggested donation, Benefiting the Queer Zine Archive Project.

650 0 Librarians, Queer ǂx Friends and associates ǂv Congresses.

710 2 Queer Zine Archive Project, ǂe dedicatee.

710 2 Desk Set (Organization), ǂe cohost.

856 42 ǂu http://queeryparty.tumblr.com/

Currently Reading

Zines in Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric



Alycia's favorite books »

Daily Reading Log

July 22, 2015

  • Started Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

May 29, 2015

  • Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. So funny!

May 1, 2015

  • The best thing I've ever gulped down while on the train; tired and delayed, clutching the pole, banging into others, totally gone.

    "I slipped my hand behind my ribcage, removed my heart, and smashed it into the carpet."

April 7, 2015

  • "CC-BY unrest" by Gavia Libraria/the Library Loon
  • Simon Gikandi's Editor's Column in PMLA from 2013, "The Fantasy of the Library":
    • "My faith in the library as custodian of culture and civilization was premised on what now appears an unforgivable form of blindness--the belief that libraries were autonomous, objective fountains of knowledge. Enchanted by books and the buildings that housed them, one could easily forget that libraries were often institutions of power." (12).

March 27, 2015

  • Reading Kim Gordon's Girl in a Band, and revisiting my favorite Sonic Youth songs (the Kim ones, duh).

March 11, 2015

March 1, 2015

  • More CUNY reading: Kelly Blanchat's “Optimizing KBART Guidelines to Restore Perpetual Access” in Collection Development, 34.1.

September 1-2, 2014

  • Yesterday gulped down Anya Ulinich's Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel, and now I just want to binge read graphic novels...
  • Back to a bit of Cvetkovich's An Archive of Feelings, but distractedly, because I keep wanting to mine the bibliography instead of moving ahead.

August 31 2014

  • Lauren Berlant's article, "'68 or Something," (Critical Inquiry, Vol. 21, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 124-155): "This essay is written in favor of refusing to relinquish utopian practice, of refusing the apparently inevitable movement from tragedy to farce that has marked so much of the analysis of social movements generated post '68. I meant to place '68 in a scene of collaborations and aspirations for thinking, describing, and theorizing social change in the present tense, but a present tense different from what we can now imagine for pragmatic, possible, or useful politics." 125-126.
  • Freeland, Cynthia A. "Feminist frameworks for horror films." Post-theory: Reconstructing film studies (1996): 195-218. Such a great find for that project I'm trying to revive.

August 20-21, 2014

  • Yesterday morning, started Lauren Berlant's article, "'68 or Something," (Critical Inquiry, Vol. 21, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 124-155) because it had been cited by Cvetkovich in her footnotes, and really enjoyed the very first part. Still working on it.
  • Yesterday afternoon, serendipity reminded me to how little I know about Ralph Bunche, so started Ralph Bunche: Model Negro or American Other? by Charles Henry. There a quick way to explain who Bunche was--the first African American to win the Nobel prize--but he was so much more, and yet is still a relatively overlooked historical figure.

August 19, 2014

  • The intro to Ann Cvetkovich's An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures on the train this morning. Didn't read any more because I wanted to be sure to go back and make note of a few portions, and to be sure to put a few things from the bibliography on my reading list.

August 14, 2014

  • Bonnie Gordon's paper, "Towards Open Metadata and Bibliographic Data." A really useful summary of all the issues surrounding open linked data for libraries!