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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. 

I remember from elementary school that June 14th is Flag Day, hence the title of this post. 


Image from Molly's Blog

I'm back to working my way through Keight's enormous donation, but like to mix things up with a few current-day zines I received in the mail (Hi Cindy & Daisy!). 


Keight's photo/my hands. 

Today, I'm cataloging a bunch of zines that I ordered, a few that were hand-delivered, and when I'm done with them getting back to Keight's delightful donation. 

The Flyaway Zine Mobile is headed to Madison, Wisconsin this weekend! You can browse the Zine Mobile's collection, participate in an open zine-reading event, and take part in Protest Karaoke! More info on the Zine Mobile's website!

Though the days of couples carving their initials into treestumps and undeniable love-at-first-sight reside only in fiction, the fact is, you can't deny the appeal of falling in love while wrapping yourself in a Snuggie and slurping instant noodle soup. Online dating services allow users to construct and hide behind tippy-top versions of themselves and simultaneously lust over the photoshopped versions others. While one could argue that these websites such as OK Cupid attempt to build love from sham, statistics show that online dating was the root of  17% of last year's marriages. 

Have the hots for librarians? Check out two library students' new fanzine Our Library Crushes (pdf) that includes G- Rated pics of their favorite librarians, including Barnard College's very own zine librarian Jenna Freedman!  Zines S674c 2012

Last month I attended the Women of Color Zine Symposium in Portland, Oregon. As you may know, our collection development policy states our emphasis on zines by women of color, which is why it was important for me to zoom across the country for a two-day visit to the whitest city in America.  It was great to connect with many email correspondents and Facebook friends like Cathy Camper, Emi Koyama, LaMesha Melton and Sugene Yang-Kelly and to meet a few new-to-me WOC zinesters.

Long weekend = moar time to catalog zeens! Although I did do some leisure reading and enjoyed a ridiculously delicious vegan brunch at the V Spot this weekend (for the love of a deity, get the Avocado BLT, and if your server suggests you order a side of plantains, do it!), mostly I read zines and described them in this reference librarian's best approximation of AACR format. The catalog records will be better once summer zine assistant Jackie Horowitz adds an abstract to each.

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