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Friday, June 10 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Concurrent Session A1 -- Embracing the zines: zine acquisitions and cataloging at the Vassar College Library

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In the opinion of this librarian, there are many reasons to embrace the zines. Zines are DIY, self-published materials that are a vibrant and creative way to represent diverse points of view in your collection. But embracing the zines also means embracing new procedures and local policies, so you'll need to have a plan before you can get too cozy.

This session will discuss Vassar's reliance on social media in zine collection development and acquisitions. With DIY publications come a host of acquisition hurdles to consider. Since zines are produced outside of the purview of for-profit publishers, librarians cannot rely on our comfortable and well-established mechanisms to explore and acquire these materials. Participants will learn about the different ways we use social media (particularly Tumblr and Twitter) to find our zine resources. Online zine distributors (or distros) will also be discussed, as well as the wealth of materials to be found from individual zinesters via avenues typically not utilized by libraries, such as Etsy. The topic of ethical zine acquisitions will also be explored. 

It is fact that if you choose to collect zines at your library, you (and your cataloging staff) will need to be comfortable describing resources that aren't created with things like "sources of information" or "controlled vocabularies" in mind. Therefore, this session will also provide an introduction to xZINECOREx, the metadata standard developed by zine librarians to describe zines. Zine librarians are also actively working to create a Zine Union Catalog that would exist separate from WorldCat, but this project is still in its early stages. Participants will learn about Vassar's local zine cataloging practices (including our local genre headings, subject headings, and call number system), and how our intrepid student intern (or "zintern") helps us provide descriptions for each and every zine in our collection.


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Heidy Berthoud

Head of Technical Services Technical Services, Vassar College
Acquisitions, cataloging, zines, and Russian studies. Frequent lurker on #critlib, #mashcat, and #radlib. Cat enthusiast.

Friday June 10, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Potters Room