By Julie Bartel
For librarians surprising with the territory, or nervous to expand their assortment, veteran zinester Bartel establishes the context, heritage, and philosophy of zines, then ushers readers via a simple, selfmade advisor to create a zine assortment, together with either print and digital zines. teenager and younger grownup librarians, highschool media experts, educational, reference, and grownup providers librarians will discover solutions to questions on this new and transforming into literary style: what's a zine and the way does a library zine assortment paintings? What are the professionals and cons of getting a zine assortment within the library? whilst selling zines, what appeals to consumers and non-library clients alike? what's the most sensible solution to catalog and exhibit? the place can libraries get zines and what sort of do they price? Bartel stocks those classes and extra from a big city library zine assortment, in addition to a complete listing of zine assets during this one-stop, different consultant.
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Still, there’s no denying that many zines are politically motivated, or include political material. Now I don’t mean “political” in the sense of American politics (though that’s definitely a popular subject) but in the broader sense—as in social theories, ideologies, relationships, and viewpoints. Zines often feature pieces on feminism or racism or various other isms; on gay and lesbian issues; on animal rights (and the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle); on politics in the traditional sense, including systems of government such as anarchism and socialism; on philosophy and theology, on the environment.
Three Intellectual Freedom, the Library Bill of Rights, and Zines Zines are a small, highly personalized subset of the alternative press. While many of the arguments for including alternative materials in libraries apply perfectly to zines, there are other more specific arguments for their inclusion as well. In order to describe zines’ place in the grand scheme of alternative publishing, however, it is necessary to look a little more closely at the concept of the “alternative press,” at its place in libraries, and at the value libraries should place on acquiring such materials.
And the printed word has always been political. ’” (Hilary Clark, “Photocopied Politics: Zines (re)Produce a New Activist Culture,” Broken Pencil no. featureid=22) Many zinesters get into zines in the first place because they have something to say; it almost goes without saying that they often have strong opinions about everything from politics to culture to the minutiae of daily life. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t have much to write about. In addition—as I mentioned at the beginning of this chapter—zine culture requires participation, which automatically weeds out those whose tendency is merely to think or talk.
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