Yesterday we had a conference call with other folks working on the Zine Union Catalog. (Thanks Rhonda/MIT for hosting using a proprietary web conferencing tool that shall remain nameless; thanks Milo for facilitating; thanks Honor for taking notes! Thanks also to Jennifer, Eric, and Ziba (while on reference!) for participating, along with us: your CUNY masters students Lauren and Jenna.)
Here are the meeting minutes, tidied up a little, and anonymized:
Zine readers, researchers, and librarians need a unified resource for finding finding and sharing zine metadata and location information.
For the same reasons readers, scholars, and information professionals benefit from resources like WorldCat and DPLA (Digital Public Library of America), people concerned with zines would be well-served by a union catalog for zines. ZineCat will aid academic and independent readers who want to find information about individual zines, as well as about the breadth of zine resources available on particular topics. A ZineCat user could type < cutting > into a search and find zines that reference cutting/self-injury in libraries all over the world. As WorldCat does, at a later point in its development, ZineCat will facilitate loans between zine libraries, even beyond the scope of WorldCat because ZineCat will include among its members the types of independent libraries that are not typically OCLC members, libraries without budgets, paid staff, or formal status.
ZineCat will offer a similar benefit to zine librarians, allowing them to share catalog records, metadata, and knowledge. Further, having developed a Zine Librarians Code of Ethics, the zine library community has proved itself thoughtful, loving, and critical, which bodes well for a carefully built tool informed by deep processing and cooperation.
It is the position of some of us that zines are best as print objects, but there are times that you want to share them in a more open platform. Digital Humanities class is one of those times, so here they are…the pages of our zine union catalog project zine!
If you’ve been attempting to keep tabs on us, you probably don’t think we’ve been doing very much, other than adding a design element here or there, like our site icon:
But, if you look at our development site, you can see what’s really going on. Just don’t expect it to stay the same from moment to moment. Or even be a little bit broken, because that’s what dev sites are for.
We are so pleased to have members of various communities (CUNY Graduate Center folks, designers, digital humanists, librarians, technologists, zine creators, and zine librarians) advising us on this project–helping us keep our minds open! Members of our advisory board have agreed to respond to short surveys, but we will also share the surveys with anyone who wants to provide feedback. Stay tuned for the next three-question-questionnaire.
In the meantime, we would like to identify and thank our advisory board, for all the world to see. Members include (bold indicates confirmed for 2018)
We think we know what zine researchers want, but do we really? How about a little data to inform our thinking? Please fill out our survey. It’s eight questions long, six of them checkboxes only. All questions optional. No questions about sex or your childhood, but there is an “Anything else you want to say” question, in case you want to talk about sex or your childhood.