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40 Cats Drinking 40s photo from Ventricular Projects blog. For some reason I thought this was an appropriate Labor Day-themed image. 

This weekend I've added zines I bought or traded for at Pete's Mini Zine Fest and the Librarians and Archivists to Palestine thank you perk zine. 

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This weekend is going to be hella ziney, even for a zine librarian:

Friday--8 hours of zine cataloging
Saturday--5 hours of tabling at Pete's Mini Zine Fest
Sunday--3 hours of assembling and packaging the Librarians and Archivists to Palestine thank you perk zine

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We wanted to know how zine makers feel about our library making copies of their zines or portions of their zines for remote researchers and prison inmates, so we made a survey. If you make a zine now or have done so in the past, would you consider filling out the survey for us? It should take fewer than five minutes of your time. The survey will close on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013.

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It's back to cataloging zines from Keight Bergmann's gift. Hello again, 1990s!


Photo from Keight's Flickr stream.

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Our International Zine Library Day event started off slow, but picked up speed around 2pm. 

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Two weeks ago I was on my way to the Zine Librarians unConference in Iowa City, and last week I was on staycation, so it feels like I haven't cataloged a zine in FOREVER. 


This is what I was doing instead--still pretty fun! 
photo by Matthew Murray

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I have the day off from work, so I'm getting started on tomorrow's cataloging a little early. What better way to celebrate freedom from tyranny than spending the day with radical, independent self-publications by girls and women?


Webpage screenshot of an online exhibit Melissa Jones made based on an installation by Julie Turley.

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And now for something completely different, I'm cataloging zines from Keight Bergmann's personal collection, plus a few from through the transom and the internet. 

Also, today is Insurance Awareness Day, apparently. Insert derisive comment on the health insurance industry and US healthcare here. 

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I know I've expressed excitement about the first two zine classes I worked with this week, but I've still got lots enthusiasm left for Laura Ciolkowski of IRWAG's "Reading the Body" students. It's great collaborating with our girl friends across the street!

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We are excited to host Sara Marcus's Pre-College Program class "Documenting the Present: the Art of Attention."

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Marie Lovrod, from the University of Saskatchewan is bringing her Representation, Embodiment and the City women's studies students to the Barnard Zine Library for some zine handling!

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