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The Borough is My Library: A Metropolitan Library Workers Zine

All profits from each issue of BIML will be donated to the Literacy for Incarcerated Teens project.

*If you would like to order a copy with cash/not from paypal, or if you would like to get a quote for additional shipping costs for international orders, contact Alycia.

The Borough is My Library - Issue 4, December 2012

The Borough is My Library #4

Contents of The Borough is my Library No.4:
  • Foreword
  • "What I Love about being a Zine Librarian" by Jude
  • "Things I Don't Like about Being a Zine Librarian" by Jude
  • "Toof & Nail" by Kiki
  • "Library School Adventures" by Elvis Bakaitis
  • "Telling Our Own Stories at Interference Archive" by Molly Fair

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The Borough is My Library - Issue 3, December 2011

The Borough is My Library #3

Contents of The Borough is my Library No.3:
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The Borough is My Library - Issue 2, December 2010

The Borough is My Library Issue #2

Contents of The Borough is my Library No.2:
  • Toni Samek
  • Jessica Fenster-Sparber
  • Daniel Kahn Gillmor
  • Karen Gisonny
  • Aliqae Geraci
  • Sanford Berman
  • Also: A selection from The Zinester's Guide to NYC edited by Ayun Halliday.
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The Borough is My Library - Issue 1, December 2009

*I've now started the second printing of issue #1, which is all black and white.
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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The Borough is My Library 2

Here's what I've been working on over Thanksgiving break--silkscreening the covers and getting everything together for the Biblioball! Stay tuned for how you can order a copy and for further information about this year's zine.

Because it came up and because it's important: A quick note with more to come

You do not need to ask my permission to reproduce copies of my zines, or to show images of them in print, online, or anywhere else. Copying is not theft.

The closest license that might be useful for my work would be the Creative Commons Attribution, Share-Alike. This goes for my zine work and the content of this blog (although some older entries may not be updated yet). The reason that I think the use of a license (as opposed to just declaring it Copyleft) is helpful in this case is for the share-alike aspects. Let's insist that freed things continue to be free as they move along.

I agree with Nina Paley:

♡ Copying art is an act of love. Please copy.

2010 Biblioball!

The 2010 Biblioball draws near! Get your tickets! I am excited that all proceeds go to the Literacy for Incarcerated Teens program, including any proceeds from the upcoming The Borough is My Library zine, issue 2, which will debut at the Biblioball!

We're writing and contemplating, collating and copying, scissoring, drafting, and spreading out all the zine supplies in Bed Stuy. This issue, I promise, will be grand. I've been interviewing a few of my library heroes, and they have been wowing and inspiring me (as usual) and making me really grateful to the Desk Set crew for offering this opportunity (and deadline!) to share my library publication. Stay tuned for more details!

On the Loss of Undoubtedly Important People

This week I went to the Stated Meeting of the Faculty here at Brooklyn College, where I was handed a flyer that GLARE (GLBT Advocacy in Research and Education) had put together about the recent suicides that have happened all across the country of folks who were bullied in "due to perceived sexual orientation and/or gender non-conformity." GLARE is urging their peers to start talking about this epidemic in their classrooms, and I hope that we all can help fight against bigoted actions and those that seem to be so mixed up in fear, and without empathy for fellow people.

I'm sharing two pieces below, by friends, that I think are important.

Happy Sandy Berman Appreciation Month, 2010!

Sandy's 77th is coming up tomorrow, October 6th. Here's to the very lucky and thoughtful person that I have had the pleasure to know and adore.

If you are interested to celebrate Sandy Berman appreciation month (because as my dad used to say--birthdays, they're good for the whole month), you can go over to Jenna's page for contact info and a bit of history.

p.s. Can I also mention that JPD is another October birthday? Here's to library heroes in the month of October.

Open Access Week Events in CUNY Libraries

In May 1883, in response to a population explosion, the Brooklyn Bridge opened a new, free path between the cities of New York and Brooklyn....In October, 2010, in honor of Open Access Week and in response to an information explosion, the CUNY colleges of Brooklyn will show faculty and students free and open paths to scholarly information.

Please join the Brooklyn College Library and the Ursula C. Schwerin Library, New York City College of Technology, in marking Open Access Week this fall.

Report Back: “Libraries in the History of Print Culture"

The Library History Seminar XII: “Libraries in the History of Print Culture” Conference of the Center for the History of Print Culture was truly one of the most enjoyable conferences that I have ever attended. I may be a bit biased because presenting at this conference was a dream of mine, and perhaps also because I utterly adore the field of print culture. I think it also helped that the event was held at my alma mater, and I got the chance to chat with many library colleagues and heroes who I just don't get to see often enough (and just how often do you get met with a great big hug directly after your presentation?!--thanks Tracy!).

links worth sharing

Ms. magazine has a lot of good conversation up on their site in observation of bell hooks week.

Ayun Halliday's Zinester's Guide to New York City is now available for pre-order here or here!

The clip below was found on a friend's site, and worth sharing because I think it's the greatest advertisement of all time (even though it is far better when viewed in the theater with Kubelka after a thorough discussion of what a viewing in the cinema is all about):

Libraries in the History of Print Culture

Excited and nervous for next week's Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America's Library History Seminar XII: Libraries in the History of Print Culture conference in Madison!

Check out the New Design!

http://readersbillofrights.info/ has been totally revamped!
Be patient with us--MJG is still at work, but I am impressed with the new theme (which will be released freely for Drupal use)!

Report Back: Debian Day

Debian Day was great.

I heard snippets of Biella Coleman and Hans-Christoph Steiner's introduction to the day that morning as I sipped my coffee outside the auditorium. I liked Biella's use of humor and Hans' presentation in which he urged participatory software structures (as opposed to a dichotomy between producers and consumers). I'm looking forward to seeing the recordings up on the DebConf10 site.

Prelude to a Report Back: ACRL Immersion 2010

There are already a few blog posts about our shared experiences in Vermont. What I can say about Immersion is that it stretched me really far as a teacher, as a student and as a librarian. I learned a lot about how I like to learn (and how that affects what I teach, and that one of those things is that I need time to reflect, contemplate and collate what I've learned. Being back in Brooklyn I've been on to other things but I hope that soon I'll get a chance to share here and also implement what I took away from Immersion (that hopefully doesn't violate the copyright statement--couldn't let that go without mention!).

Report Back: The Next HOPE

HOPE was a really amazing conference. The hackers (in comparison to librarians, who I normally conference with) were really engaged and industrious--they gathered data, archived events, created gizmos, and provided not only segway rides but also hammocks throughout the three day's events. I'm dropping my notes here in one gigantic mess, but there's audio and video up over at http://thenexthope.org/talks-list/ if you want to see/hear it for yourself.

Summer 2010 = The Summer of the Conference

Before I get to tackling a summary of this weekend's HOPE conference, I wanted to plug another week of events coming up that many of my friends are working on: DebConf, a conference that circles Debian, a free operating system, and also an event/opportunity for free/libre/open source folks to collaborate and develop over the course of a week.

One part of DebConf is devoted as an introduction for non-techie folks: Debian Day. It's FREE--you just need to register (just send an email with intent to attend to: debianday@debconf.org). The schedule for Debian Day is up here. I'm lucky enough to be on the panel about "Pedagogical Freedom" on Sunday at 11:30am. Come out and find out more about the free software movement!

Currently Reading

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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).