Final Project Presentation

Dear You,

Tomorrow we are presenting our final project. After that we’ll have ten days to finish up our final paper.

Our final paper assignment, reflected in our final presentation was to write 12-15 pages with elements including

  • Abstract with a clear problem statement
  • Project narrative
  • Environmental scan
  • Work plan
  • Strategy for our independent

We’re at 34 pages right now, but maybe since there are two of us…

Then again, since there are two of us, we were also charged with planning workshops for the Zine Librarians unConference in July, which we did: Overview, Priorities, Hack.  Librarian overachievers, party of two!

If appropriate, we’ll share the final paper with y’all when we turn it in. It’s due May 24. It’s too dogdamn long, so maybe we’ll do you a favor and make an executive summary.

Of Caticorn Herders and Glarings

Dear You,

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:

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Zine Union Catalog (ZUC): An Updated Project Plan

The problem ZUC will address:

One sentence version

Zine readers, researchers, and librarians need a unified resource for finding finding and sharing zine metadata and location information.

Expanded

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.

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Dev Site

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.

The big dev–>live move will happen next Saturday.

Advisory Board

Photo by Katie Fiore from Ideas Text http://ideastest.org.uk/diy-social-commentary-recipes-for-happiness-zine-week. Used with permission.

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)

Adela Licona, Director :: Institute for LGBT Studies & Associate and Professor :: Department of English
Mr. Elvis, zine maker
Eric Goldhagen, Openflows technologist
Joan Jocson-Singh, Head, Technical Services. Leonard Lief Library |Lehman College, CUNY
Jojo Karlin, Digital Fellow, CUNY Graduate Center
Kate Eichhorn, Associate Professor of Culture and Media Studies, The New School
LaMesha Staples, zine maker
Milo Miller, Queer Zine Archive Project
Suze Myers, freelance designer, zine maker
Adam Paradis
Ziba Zehdar-Gazdecki, zine librarian, zine maker

Zine Union Catalog Blog

Dearests!

We have a blog (again). The first one went away because it wanted to spend more time with its family, but we are convinced that this one is here to stay.

Keep an eye on this blog for progress on the CUNY DH Praxis class Zine Union Catalog project. If you want to know the basics, read the about page on our project website, which is very much in progress.

While you’re waiting, read some zines. Leave a comment here if you want a zine recommendation.