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Open Access Week 2011

I'm again helping to organize a few events throughout CUNY for Open Access Week 2011, which is happening October 24-28th this year. The details are being finalized, but are really exciting. For more information as it arises, check out the Open Access @ CUNY blog on the CUNY Academic Commons.

Fall Conferences in NYC

Just a couple of conferences that look good:

Activism and the Academy: Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarship and Action
September 23-24, 2011
Barnard College

October 10-16, 2011
The New School

A Digital Public Library of America: Perspectives and Directions
October 11, 2011
Columbia University

Fall Zine Events in NYC!

“I Read it in a Fanzine”
Thursday, September 1st @ 7PM – Bluestockings/172 Allen St. New York, NY 10002 – Free
with Kate Angell, Elvis Bakaitis, Ocean Capewell, Rachel, Sari, & Kate Wadkins
Titled after a Bikini Kill lyric, “I Read it in a Fanzine” features the work of six awesome feminist zine editors – Kate Angell (“My Feminist Friends”), Elvis Bakaitis (“Twinks for Sale!”), Ocean Capewell (“High on Burning Photographs”), Rachel and Sari (“Hoax”), and Kate Wadkins (“International Girl Gang Underground”). Come hear some rad feminist work and pick up some zines to add to your collection!


“Who’d ya lose & How ya Dealin’?”: A benefit show for The Worst: Compilation Zine on Grief and Loss
Saturday September 3, 2011
Death by Audio // 49 S. 2nd St. between Kent & Wythe
L to Bedford or B62 to Driggs/S. 2nd
$6-10 Sliding Scale
Doors @ 8pm


Rad Dad Reading
Saturday, September 17th @ 7PM – Free
Reading: Moniz & Smith “Rad Dad”
with Ayun Halliday and Brian Heagney
“Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood” collects the best pieces from Tomas Moniz’s award-winning “Rad Dad” zine and from Jeremy Adam Smith’s blog Daddy Dialectic, two kindred publications explore parenting as political territory. Join the “Rad Dad” authors in pushing the conversation around fathering beyond a safe, apolitical place; come create a diverse, multi-faceted space to grapple with the complexity of fathering. Joining Moniz and Smith are rad parentals Ayun Halliday of the “East Village Inky” and Brian Heagney of the “ABC’s of Anarchy.”


Fall into Zines: Pete's Mini Zine Fest
Saturday and Sunday, September 24 & 25, 2011
Time: September 24, 2011 at 6pm to September 25, 2011 at 7pm
Location: Pete's Candy Store
Street: 709 Lorimer St
City/Town: brooklyn


Cindy Crabb/Encyclopedia of Doris Readings
September 25: NYC, Bluestockings Bookstore
September 26: Brooklyn, Book Thug Nation


Anything else? Let me know about it!

RBRfDB Webinar July 27, 2011

On July 27, we will be presenting a webinar version of "The Rights of Readers and the Threat of the Kindle," through the Metropolitan New York Library Council. Details about the event and registration are available at Metro's website.

The latest version of our talk might involve a bit more discussion of the right to read via its connection to the free software movement, or a few other updates since April. Overall, we are hoping that the webinar will foster further conversation among librarians about ebooks and that it will be an opportunity to discuss the implications that digital books present for our collections and for readers (as people, not devices).

Report Back: Milwaukee Zine Librarians (un)Conference

Images by Eric Goldhagen, from http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericgoldhagen/ (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The Milwaukee Zine Librarians (un)Conference was a great time, and I left it feeling like I had lots to do and many ways to help the cause. My favorite thing about this conference is that it is a library conference that isn't populated wholly by MLS'ed folks, and that all the things we talk about building (catalogs, websites, etc.) have to work for collections in living rooms and garden sheds as well as gigantic/overwhelming institutions.

This year I was impressed that we busted out Zine Core, I was intensely happy to return to Wisconsin and see the headquarters of QZAP, the Zine Mobile, and happy to leave with a project (to help makeover zinelibraries.info and increase the ways that we all share documentation).

I didn't take many notes, but there are a lot up at the MKEZL(u)C site.

Zines at the Brooklyn College Library

Just a quick note that the Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection now has a site of its own where I and the fabulous zine interns will be sharing news, thoughts and information about our collecting as well as about zines in general. The site is a part of the CUNY Academic Commons, a pretty fantastic site in and of itself.

International Zine Library Day, July 21!

At the MKE ZL(u)C, we declared July 21 International Zine Library Day. We hope that the day can foster celebrations of zine libraries all over and activities like zine library open houses or zine library crawls in cities with multiple collections, or zine-making events, readings, etc. I hope to create some kind of inter-library zine exchange (like a print exchange in which libraries that make a zine on IZLD could all exchange their IZLD zine with the other participating libraries?)...

July 21 is coming up really quickly this year, and I am not sure what we might be able to do here in Brooklyn, but there is a list of events here for 2011 and a whole year to plan something great for 2012!

http://zinelibraryday.wikispaces.com will be the home for more information surrounding July 21ne Library Day.

I can't be there, but you should be

To Hug the Library on June 2nd.

Protest on the Page: Print Culture History in Opposition to Almost Anything*

Call for Papers

Protest on the Page:
Print Culture History in Opposition to Almost Anything*
(*you can think of)

Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture
Madison, Wisconsin
September 28-29, 2012

Protest has a long and varied tradition in America. The conference will feature papers focusing on authors, publishers and readers of oppositional materials, in all arenas from politics to literature, from science to religion. Whether the dissent takes the form of a banned book by Henry Miller or documents from Wikileaks, conference presentations will help us to understand how dissent functions within print and digital cultures.

The keynote speaker will be Victor Navasky, Publisher Emeritus of The Nation and George T. Delacorte Professor in Magazine Journalism, Director of the Delecorte Center for Magazine Journalism, and Chair of the Columbia Journalism Review. In addition, he is the author of such noted books as Kennedy Justice (1971), Naming Names (National Book Award, 1982), and A Matter of Opinion (George Polk Book Award, 2005). Perhaps best known for his long career as editor and then publisher of The Nation, Navasky has an understanding of dissent and its publications that has few peers. His lecture, and the subsequent reception, will be open to the general public.

Proposals for individual twenty-minute papers or complete sessions (up to three papers) should include a 250-word abstract and a one-page c.v. for each presenter. Submissions should be made via email to printculture@slis.wisc.edu. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2012. Notifications of acceptance will be made in early March 2012.

As with previous conferences, we anticipate producing a volume of papers from the conference for publication in the Center’s series, “Print Culture History in Modern America,” published by the University of Wisconsin Press. A list of books the Center has produced is available at the Center’s website (http://slisweb.lis.wisc.edu/~printcul/). The best proposals will mirror these earlier works, as they speak to their own authors, publishers, and readers.

For information, contact:

Christine Pawley, Director,
Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture
4234 Helen C. White Hall, 600 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 phone: 608 263-2945/608 263-2900
fax: (608) 263-4849
email: cpawley@wisc.edu

A few zine projects that could use your help!

Help the Papercut Zine Library stay afloat!

Get the Fly Away Zine Mobile up and running!
Seeking donations of all sorts (zines, cash, groceries and more) over at: http://zinemobile.wordpress.com/

Be a print culture supporter* and support the Doris Encyclopedia!

Brooklyn College Library seeks its first Zine Intern!

I'm looking for a zine intern for this summer and for subsequent semesters! Click through for more info/details.

Handmade Crafternoon: Celebrate the Library with Zines!

If I weren't a weekend worker, I would certainly make my way over to this event: Handmade Crafternoon: Celebrate the Library with Zines!

Ayun Halliday will be one of the crafters helping folks to make their own zines (what a treat!), and she wrote this on the event page at We Make Zines:

I'll be leading a crafternoon at the New York Public Library (the one from Ghostbusters! With the lions!) Participants will be making digest or mini-sized zines (which I know you know how to make, but it would be great to have some ringers!) on the subject "100 Years of Library Loving" You can donate a copy to the NYPL's zine collection after! Free! First come first served! Spread the word...

What a wonderful way to interact with a zine collection: read some NYPL zines, make a work of your own, and donate it on the spot (I am assuming with your own cataloging record and everything--and who doesn't get excited about that?). I am all kinds of in love with this event.

notes from a few recent talks

I recently attended two great talks, both held at the Grad Center (and actually in the same room on different dates). The first was Rosemary Coombe's talk, "The Politics of Intellectual Property/Bordering Diversity and Desire" and the second was the LACUNY Instruction Committee's event, "Critical Information Literacy: The Challenge of Practice" with James Elmborg.

CALL FOR WORKSHOPS: 2nd Zine Librarians (un)Conference

Call for Workshops: Zine Librarians (un)Conference, ZL(u)C 2011
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 8-9, 2011

Calling all zine collectors, information activists, underground bibliographers and barefoot librarians! We’re seeking librarians of all stripes to lead a workshop or discussion at the 2nd bi-annual (un)conference of zine librarians!

We are interested in hosting informational skillshares that might include hands-on activities, or showcase what your library has accomplished. Your workshop could describe a task, approach, or scheme that would be of interest to fellow zine librarians. We are open to new ways of approaching zine librarianship, whether your collection is housed in an institutional, public, or community library or archive.

Workshops will be scheduled into the rest of the events that will occur on July 8 and 9, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Facilitated discussions and other events will also be worked into the schedule of events by participants at the conference, in the style of bar camp and other unconferences.

Scheduled events will include a zine reading (the culmination of the Orderly Disorder: Librarian Zinesters in Circulation Tour) and tours of local zine libraries, including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Special Collections and the Queer Zine Archive Project.

The first Zine Librarians (un)Conference was held in Seattle, Washington in March 2009 at Zine Archive and Publishing Project (ZAPP), to great success. A mini zine librarians conference was held last summer at the Portland Zine Symposium. The second bi-annual (un)conference is to be held July 8-9, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more information, or to propose a workshop, visit http://mkezluc.wikispaces.com/

Call for submissions - Anchorless Archive Zinemobile

The Anchor Archive Zine Library in Halifax, Nova Scotia is seeking submissions for the Anchorless Archive Zinemobile – the amazing roving zine cart!

As part of its fundraising week (May 7-14), the Anchor Archive is building a zine cart that will be pushed or pulled around the city to promote and distribute zines. We are requesting donations of up to 6 copies of your zine to sell from the Zinemobile, with all funds going toward the operation of the Anchor Archive Zine Library and Roberts Street Social Centre for another year. The Anchor Archive is a volunteer-run zine library in Halifax, Nova Scotia that promotes and supports independent and alternative media and DIY skillsharing through maintaining a circulating collection of over 4000 zines, providing zine and art making resources and education, and hosting a summer residency program. For more information visit our website http://robertsstreet.org or e-mail info@robertsstreet.org.

Please mail your submissions with enough time to arrive by May 6, 2011 to:
Anchorless Archive Zinemobile
5684 Roberts Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 1J6

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Daily Reading Log

May 12, 2016

May 5, 2016

  • "Kentucky Is My Fate," by bell hooks, from Belonging: A Culture of Place. Wow.

May 2, 2016

April 29, 2016

  • Chapter three of Queer Art of Failure

April 13, 2016

April 11, 2016

January 3, 2016

  • Skimmed through Textual Poachers by Jenkins.
  • Read some pieces of de Certeau, some of the scriptural economy chapter and all of "Reading as Poaching" from The Practice of Everyday Life

2016 Reading Goals

Following Vicky's lead, this year I'm going to devote half of my reading to works made by women of color. I've got an overall goal of reading 60 books in 2016 (gulp). If you're interested to take on a similar challenge, Vicky's reading lists are a great place to start. Happy reading, all!

Late December

Been listening to H is for Hawk. So far I drift in and out of really hearing it, but the part about an unexpected death rings true. But it's not a punch in the stomach--it's a bowling ball to the guts. Wishing I'd developed that film that was of the piece I made in college that I must have threw away, but I also don't regret getting rid of things usually.

December 3-4, 2015

  • Lisa Gitelman's “Print Culture (Other Than Codex).” Comparative Textual Media. Eds. N. Katherine Hayles and
    Jessica Pressman. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. AND “Daniel Ellsberg and the Lost Idea of the Photocopy.” Participatory Media in Historical Context. Eds. Anders Ekström, et al. New York: Routledge, 2011.

November 30, 2015

October 15, 2015

Reading/dog-earing Coates' Between the World and Me.

October 14, 2013

Finished the Slice Harvester memoir within 12 hours of getting it from ILL. Highly recommended. Made me reminiscent of when I moved to the city and we would get a slice from Luigi's, back when Luigi was still there (and you would not necessarily encounter the dude who we now refer to as the "our friend jesus" guy), and eat it sitting by the canon every single day before my evening shift, with the ferocious pizza-eating squirrels.

October 5, 2015

  • Finished "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki. One of the best novels I have read in YEARS. Really impressive in voice and intricate construction.
  • Morgan, W., & Wyatt-Smith, C. (2000). Im/proper accountability: Towards a theory of critical literacy and assessment. Assessment in Education, 7(1), 123-142.
  • Schlesselman-Tarango, Gina, "Cyborgs in the Academic Library: A Cyberfeminist Approach to Information Literacy Instruction" (2014). Library Faculty Publications. Paper 19.

September 30, 2015

  • Finished My Struggle (book one) and grew to adore it by the end. There was a moment when I worried it would be too much about being a white guy trying to get girls, but all the death and decay at the end washed away what I had felt, or worried about, in the middle. I also put down another book around the same time for fear of the same pitfalls. Will I finish that one? If I knew that writing about puddles of piss could wholly grip me and endear me to that book in the way it did with this one I would wholeheartedly finish it as soon as I could (every time those were mentioned here at the end I got sliced through the heart just like living with analogous situations IRL).