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Libraries and the Reading Public

I feel very lucky to be able to say that my work has now been published as one chapter in the book: Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth-Century America, Edited by Christine Pawley and Louise S. Robbins.

Thank you to all the folks who were a part in making this happen, especially anyone who has talked with me about the writing process or who helped me think over and wrestle with writing and research and scholarly communications at large.

It does feel very different/permanent/tangible to see the words I picked transformed into a codex. That doesn't mean I don't still want to change them, make them better, keep editing. But it does somehow feel bigger, to hold something in hand and to have it be part of something larger.

The chapter is licensed CC-BY-SA, and you can read a pre-print version here.

Meta-Radicalism Slides

I'm preparing for the 2012 Protest on the Page: Print Culture History in Opposition to Almost Anything* (*you can think of) conference in September, and I realized that I never shared my slides that I presented at the last Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture conference, Library History Seminar XII: Libraries in the History of Print Culture, that took place in 2010.

Here are my slides that are associated with the beginning work of my Meta-Radicalism paper. If you are interested in taking a look, I'm attaching a proprietary version of the slides that have notes about what I talked about with each slide, and another version that just includes the images from the slide show.

Finally, I'm not sure about the best way to share this work: the slides themselves don't express all of what I presented, but I'm not sure how to share that content alongside them online other than in the notes field of the proprietary software. Any suggestions, other than going back in time and record it all together?

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!


For the most up to date information, see: http://asellie.commons.gc.cuny.edu


Book Chapters


  • Sellie, Alycia. "Critical Teaching in the Library." Review of Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods. Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources 32.1, Winter 2011: 10-12. 2011
  • Sellie, Alycia. "Comics in the Curriculum (exhibition review)." SHARP News 19.3, Summer: 8-9. 2010
  • Sellie, Alycia. "A Return to Madison, Through Print." Review of the Library History Seminar XII: Libraries in the History of Print Culture Conference, September 2010. Library History Roundtable Newsletter 4.20, Fall. 2010
  • Sellie, Alycia. "Riot Grrrl Lives!: 28 Zines." Review of Telegram Ma'am / Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell! Zines. LibraryJournal.com, Aug. 19. Web. 2010
  • Ruswick, Jannelle and Alycia Sellie. "I Promise I Won't Say "Herstory": New Conversations Among Feminists." Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources 30.1, Winter: 7-11. 2009
  • Sellie, Alycia. "Native Americans." Magazines for Libraries. 17th ed. Ed. Cheryl LaGuardia. New Providence: ProQuest: 702-06. 2008
  • Sellie, Alycia. "Zines."Review of Ideas in Pictures Zine. Library Journal 134.4, March 1: 120. 2008
  • Sellie, Alycia. "Young Activists and the New 'No Wave': Two Anthologies for a Feminist Future." Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources 28.1, Fall: 7-8. 2006
  • Sellie, Alycia. "Lib Lit" (part of "Your Zine Tool Kit"). Library Journal 131.11, June 15: 36-38. 2006
  • Sellie, Alycia. "Zines Straight From the Stacks: Self-published Tracts From Library Workers." Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources 27.2-3 (Winter-Spring 2005): 36-40. 2005


Other Work


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?

Happy Open Access Week!

It's Open Access Week, and so far 2011 has impressed me. From Barbara Fister's reveal of what journals are costing her library (going against nondisclosure agreements), to Maura Smale's Open Access Pledge.

I'm joining Maura and Barbara and many other colleagues who are celebrating Open Access this week.

At Maura's recommendation, I signed the Open Access Pledge. I also think that Maura's new publishing pledge is fantastic. I would like to use it as my own from here on out:

  1. I will not submit articles I have authored or co-authored to any closed, subscription-based journals.
  2. I will not undertake peer review for any closed, subscription-based journals.
  3. I will not join the editorial board for any closed, subscription-based journals.
  4. I will not accept the editorship of any closed, subscription-based journals.
  5. I will make my own research and scholarship available online wherever possible.

What is Open Access? As someone who has struggled with variances in OA definitions, I believe that the Berlin Declaration captures OA in the clearest manner:

Open access contributions must satisfy two conditions:

The author(s) and right holder(s) of such contributions grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship (community standards, will continue to provide the mechanism for enforcement of proper attribution and responsible use of the published work, as they do now), as well as the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.

A complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the permission as stated above, in an appropriate standard electronic format is deposited (and thus published) in at least one online repository using suitable technical standards (such as the Open Archive definitions) that is supported and maintained by an academic institution, scholarly society, government agency, or other well-established organization that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, inter operability, and long-term archiving.

Open Access is more than the ability to view an article without paying for it,* or without your library having to pay for it. Open Access can be seen as a commitment to hacking copyright--in a way that provides more ways for everyone to use a creators' work (similar to the ways that free software licensing insures more freedom).

Please join us for CUNY's Open Access Week if you are able, or plan/discuss/pledge wherever you are!

By the Way... Zine Librarian Zine #3

In March, Rooster(Rachel), Jenna and I edited Zine Librarian Zine #3 just in time for the Zine Librarians (Un)Conference in Seattle. You can download your own copy on this zinelibraries.info page (beware before copying that you may need to re-order the pages).

Class, Teaching, Publishing

Confronting one another across differences means that we must change ideas about the way we learn; rather than fearing conflict we have find ways to use it as a catalyst for new thinking, for growth.

Just finished reading Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks late this evening, and now listening to a talk hooks gave at the Women of Color Conference. A few random thoughts follow.

Check it Out!

I made a list of zine links for Utne Reader recently!