Librarian Discourse


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Articles on Zine Librarianship (not especially updated, can't vouch for the links)

Allison, Virginia. "ZMedia Librarian: From Theory to Practice" blog. Accessed 25 Apr. 2007.

Ardito, Stephanie C. "The Alternative Press: Newsweeklies and Zines." Database (Weston, Conn.) 22.3 (1999): 14-18+. Print.

Aulik, Denise. "Zines, Literacy, and the Adolescent," Knowledge Quest on the Web. 35 (Sep/Oct. 2006).

Barack, Lauren. "Librarians Tell all in Zines." School Library Journal 52.4 (2006): 27.

Bartel, Julie. From A to Zine: Building a Winning Zine Collection in Your Library. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2004.

Berman, Sanford. "Berman's Bag: Cataloging Zines and Widgets." The Unabashed Librarian 137 (2005): 23-25.

Berman, Sanford. “Zine Cataloging.” Madison, WI. 2005. 2nd Annual Madison Zine Fest.

Berman, Sanford. “The Local Library and the Small Press.” Small Press Review  13.6 (1981): 37-8.    

Berman, Sanford. Introduction: Cataloging Reform, LC, and Me. Radical Cataloging: Essays at the Front. Ed. K.R. Roberto. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co, 2008. 5-11.

Borne, Christine, and Kevin Ferst. "Zines for Teens." Thinking Outside the Book. Libraries Unlimited, 2004. 1-20.   

Chepesiuk, Ronald. "The Zine Scene: Libraries Preserve the Latest Trend in Publishing." American Libraries 28 (1997): 68-70.

Chrastka, John and Pagowsky, Nicole. “Library World - Zine World.” ALA Membership Blog 18 July 2001: n. pag. <

Cohen, Billie. "College Cred: Barnard's Library Stresses the Importance of DIY Zines," Time Out New York. 6-12 Apr. 2006: 12.

Darlington, Tenaya. "Zinester Paradise: Alycia Sellie Launches Madison Zine Fest Next Week," Isthmus (Madison, WI), 1 Oct. 2004.

Davis, Brangien. “ZAPPed: Collecting ‘Zines’ as a document of our times.” Seattle Times 28 Apr. 2003.           

Davis, Susan A. “Zines and Libraries.” Serials Review 21.4 (1995): 96.      

Dodge, Chris. "Collecting the Wretched Refuse: Lifting a Lamp to Zines, Military Newspapers, and Wisconsinalia." Library Trends 56.3 (2008): 667-77.

Dodge, Chris. "The New Monastic Librarians," Utne. Jul./Aug. 2005: 78-80.

Dodge, Chris. "Pushing the Boundaries: Zines and Libraries." Wilson Library Bulletin 69 (1995): 26-30.

“DIY in the Stacks: Theory and Practice of Preserving Zine Culture in Libraries.” National Popular Culture Association Conference. San Diego, CA. 26 Mar. 2005. Panel discussion with Cristina Favretto, Annie Knight, and Elke Zobl.

Duffy, Kim Hancey. "the basement tapes," Print. 59.5 (2005): 38 (3 pgs)

Duncombe, Stephen. "Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Underground Culture." Alternative Library Literature, 1994/1995. McFarland & Co.1996. 312-319.

Fauchereau, Lise, "Graphzines et autres livres graphiques [Graphic-zines and other graphic art publications]," Nouvelles de l'Estampe 213, (Jul.-Nov. 2007): 20-25.

Fine, Jana R. "Teen 'Zines: Magazines & Webzines for the Way Cool Set." School Library Journal 42 (1996): 34-7. Print.

Freedman, Jenna . “AACR2-bendable but not flexible: cataloging zines at Barnard College.” Radical Cataloging: Essays at the Front. Ed. K.R. Roberto. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co, 2008.

Freedman, Jenna, "How to Pick What Zine Library to Donate To?" Zine World 23 July 2006: 42.

Freedman, Jenna . “Your Zine Tool Kit, A DIY Collection.” Library Journal  131.11 (2006): 36-38.     

Freedman, Jenna, Presentation. "Self-Publication with Punk Rock Ideals: Zines ≠ Vanity Press Publications," SHARP Conference, Minneapolis, MN, 13 Jul. 2007.

Freedman, Jenna. "Zines Are Not Blogs: A Not Unbiased Analysis," Counterpoise 9.3 (2005): 10-?. An article on a similar theme from Red Hooded Sweatshirt #3 (1999) "Of & about Letters: Love-letters & Passed Notes & Everyday Declarations of Friendship" by Marissa Falco.

Gilley, Jennifer. “Women's Studies Information-Seeking: A State of the Union Address.” NWSA Journal 19(2). 220-9 2007    

Gisonny, Karen, and Jenna Freedman. "Zines in Libraries: How, What and Why?" Collection Building 25.1 (2006): 26-30.

Gmez, Sarah Hannah. "Teens and Zines." Voice of Youth Advocates 30.1 (2007): 24-6.

Gunderloy, Mike, and Cari Goldberg Janice. "The World of Zines: A Guide to the Independent Magazine Revolution." Penguin Books., 1992. 181.

Herrada, Julie. "Zines in Libraries: A Culture Preserved." Serials Review 21 (1995): 79-88. Print.

Hsu, Hua. "File under Other." Boston Globe 6 May 2007: E3

Hubbard, Colleen. “DIY in the Stacks: A Study of Three Public Library Zine Collections.” Public Libraries 44.6 (2005): 351-354.   

Koppel, Lily. "Zines in the Library Catalogue? Of Course." New York Times 11 April 2006: B2.     

Kucsma, Jason. “Countering Marginalization: Incorporating Zines into the Library.” Library Juice 5.6 (2002): n. pag. 10 Oct. 2011. <>.                

Perris, Kate. “Unearthing the Underground: A Comparative Study of Zines in Libraries.” London Metropolitan University (2004):  n. pag. <>     

Rom, C. “Little Magazines: Do we really need them?” Alternative Library Literature 1982-1983: A Biennial Anthology. Eds. S. Berman and J.P. Danky. Phoenix, AZ: The Oryx Press, 1984. 152-5.

“Little Maga/Zine Collection History.“ San Francisco Public Library, n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2011. <>      

Means, Greig. Zine Librarian Zine

Moore, Anne Elizabeth, "Unofficial Histories: Zine and Ephemeral Print Archivists." Punk Planet, #75, Sep.-Oct. 2006.

NPR Interview with Miriam DesHarnais of the Baltimore Public Library. Also Benn Ray of Atomic Books and Davida Gypsy Breier of Xerography Debt.

Sellie, Alycia. Zine Anatomy: A zine to help identify the parts of a zine, name their printing techniques and provide information to the zine librarian about the manners in which their collection was lovingly created by the hands of it’s zinester mama (2009).         

Sellie, Alycia. “Zines from the Stacks: Self-Published Tracts by Lady Library Workers.” Feminist Collections 27.2/3 (2006)   

Schaefer, Andrew. "Cartoonists find fans at Cockeysville library." Baltimore Sun 12 April 2007: 4B.

Silarski, Kim. "Mainstream Picking up on 14pt That's Gaining Respect in the Culture: Zines Allow Individual, Intimate Expression," The Ann Arbor News, 5 Nov. 2006.

Stewart, Sean. Reviews of zines by library workers.

Stoddart, Richard A., and Teresa Kiser. "Zines and the Library." Library Resources & Technical Services 48.3 (2004): 191-8.

Thomas, Susan E. “Value and Validity of Art Zines as an Art Form” Art Documentation 28.2 (2009): 27-38.   

University of Oregon exhibit, "Zines Make the Scene in Knight Library Exhibit."  

Weisbard, Phyllis Holman. “Spotlight: A Feminist Library Zine.” Feminist Collections 25.1 (2003): 45.

West, Jessamyn. From Pixels to Picas column, "Life in the Trenches of Print and Web Publishing: an Interview with Jenna Freedman, Curator of the Barnard Zine Collection" Serials Review 32.6 (2006): 266-269.

Wooten, Kelly. "Women's Zines in the Sarah Dyer Zine Collection." University of North Carolina. 2002. 50. <>


Zine Librarians discussion list


Zines in Academia and Lectures

Blandy, Doug. Zine course at the University of Oregon, "Zines and Do-It-Yourself Democracy."

Freedman, Jenna. "Locating the Disconnected: Zines in Academic Libraries," National Women's Studies Association Annual Conference 2006. nwsa.ppt

A talk Jenna Freedman gave at the Association of College and Research Libraries Conference in 2005 and also the hand out.

The talk listed above adapted for the Rare Book and Manuscript Pre-Conference, 2005.

Thi-Beard, Kate Vo. "Using Zines to Encourage Multiple Literacies," Wisconsin English Journal 47.2 (2005): 27-33.

July 14, 2007 Barnard Zine Librarian co-facilitated zine talk at the Twin Cities Zine Fest.

July 13, 2007 Barnard Zine Librarian presented at SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing).

July 2007 published "SISTERHOOD WOULD HAVE BEEN POWERFUL: notes on class and contemporary feminism" from Cupsize, no. 5.  1996.

June 2007 published "Different: Uniqueness and Judgment" from Cain, no. 3.

Zine Collection profiled in Boston Globe, May 6, 2007.

Panel presentation on Barnard Zine Collection wins women's studies award.

Barnard Zines LiveJournal launched, April 26, 2007. (Thanks to zine intern Jazmin.)

Barnard Zine Collection curator reading at Bluestockings, March 25, 2007.

Barnard Zine Collection spotlighted on the Columbia Libraries homepage, March, 2007.

Cite this Zine: How to Cite a Zine in Your Research Project Zine published December 6, 2006. Created by "The Zine Intern." (Thanks to zine intern Sarah.) citethis2010.pdf