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Sharing Zine Librarianship

This was a really fantastic development that I'm so happy to be able to share. I'm really excited and proud to have Robin take over the zine collection at Brooklyn College.

The Borough is My Library #4

Here's a glimpse of the covers of issue #4 of The Borough is My Library!
Copies are available on a sliding scale $4 – $7. All profits go to Literacy for Incarcerated Teens. Get issues #1-3 online here. Issues available free of charge for zine libraries.

The Borough is My Library #4

*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 again had me impressed with all the great librarians I feel lucky to know and admire.

Contents include:
  • 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

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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/

Orderly Disorder: Librarian Zinesters in Circulation Tour, Summer 2011

Super excited about this--The Orderly Disorder Librarian Zinesters in Circulation Tour !!!
Announcing a librarian zinester summer tour, making its way from the American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans to Milwaukee’s Zine Librarians (un)Conference.

Projected stops and dates:

New Orleans, LA - June 26
Tuscaloosa, AL - June 27
Atlanta, GA - June 28
Murfreesboro, TN - June 29
Louisville, KY - June 30
Columbus, OH - July 1
Pittsburgh, PA - July 2
Cleveland, OH - July 3
Toronto, ONT - July 4
Detroit, MI - July 5
Chicago, IL - July 6
Milwaukee, WI - July 7

We haven’t really started contacting people in our host cities, so this whole schedule could blow up at any time!

Core participants are Jenna Freedman, Celia Perez, Debbie Rasmussen (and her Zine Mobile), Jami Sailor, and John Stevens (from Australia). We’ll pick up other library worker zine makers along the way!

Looking for Brooklyn Zines

I am starting a zine collection at Brooklyn College! The collection is going to be focused upon Brooklyn, and thus will include works made within the borough or about it, as well as any zine made by a current or former Brooklyn College-affiliated person, and zines about zines.

Do you know of something that we should add to our collection? Get in touch! Send me a line at zinecollection at brooklyn.cuny.edu. I'm following Barnard's model and trying to collect 2 copies--one for preservation and one for browsing in the library.

The collection's mailing address is below.

Order Issues of The Borough is My Library

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

Click here for full issue details.

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.
Click here for full issue details.

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
Click here for full issue details.

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.