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Doing Things with Novels: Final Project (aka Catalogers as Authors, Metadata as Annotation or how Jenna and Lauren used ZineCat to write a paper using catalog records)

Lightning Butt and Grampy Doodle prepared for the St. Pete Zine Fest.
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Jenna and Lauren have come to the end of another semester at the Graduate Center and have had another opportunity to investigate the importance and purpose of the Zine Union Catalog, this time from a textual studies perspective.  For this semester, they both took a course called Doing Things with Novels where they created an audiobook, an annotated digital edition using hypothes.is and played a novel (Nella Larsen’s Passing) using a literary role playing game: Ivanhoe.  One could also say they are doing things with Digital Humanities.  

It wouldn’t be a complete experience for them if they did not use use the tools and theories they’re learning and discussing to look at ZineCat.  So, what they did this time around is to grapple with big questions regarding metadata and the role catalogers/librarians/archivists play in creating metadata.  As many of you may know, metadata is a big part of what is going to make the Zine Union Catalog so awesome, but what you may not know is that Jenna and Lauren haven’t quite figured out all the answers to the big questions regarding zine metadata!  We’re getting closer…

The project is called: Catalogers as Authors, Metadata as Annotation.  They worked a lot this semester with authors and annotation, so they tried to keep with the theme.  They’re not sure if they did strictly adhere to literary analysis or if they really explained how catalogers are authors and metadata can be equated to annotation, but they had a lot of fun creating metadata and working in Collective Access, and as always: working together.  What you will find in the Zine Union Catalog now is a set of catalog records for a collection called: Doing Things with Novels Final Project.  The types of records fall into the following categories that are essentially different parts of our project (or could be interpreted as different sections of our “paper” listed alphabetically and not necessarily in order of how you should read through the project):

  • The Acknowledgements
  • Annotated Citations
  • Comparative Analysis (Jenna looked closely at the same zine record that is described by six different collections within ZineCat while Lauren looked closely at the collections).  This entry is related to the Record Readings.
  • Conclusions
  • Introduction – Content
  • Introduction – Methodology
  • Project Description
  • Record Reading (analysis of each zine and contributing collection).
  • Reflection – General
  • Works Considered (Bibliography)

Jenna and Lauren worked together, but not together on this project.  They had in person meetings before and after class, and collaborated on a google doc, while also posting and receiving comments on the course blog and via email.  They’ve also started to comment on each others entries within ZineCat and encourage visitors to leave comments too (account required to add them to ZineCat and can be arranged by sending an email request) or to email or tweet directly at them: zinecatproject.at.gmail.com or @zinecat.  They’ll continue to comment on each other’s work. They’re both really busy with work and school and their schedules don’t always coordinate so well to work in person on the same days, or even in the same city. Nevertheless, they both have contributed to this project collaboratively with the great help of a Collective Access fairy (CAf) that Jenna gives a great acknowledgment to in her Acknowledgements entry in ZineCat (you should read it!).  

They suggest that you start here within the collection after you’ve familiarized yourself with the assignment description, then go here for an overview of how the project evolved, and end up with the conclusions and reflections catalog records after you’ve navigated through annotations and close readings of records and collections.  It’s possible you’ll follow that, but it’s also possible you’ll make your own way through the collection (alphabetically, by person, by collection, or by term which means the genre of the type of entry–see list above) or just search and browse; however you navigate through is just fine since everyone comes at information seeking a little differently!  If you want to just see all the content related to this project, click here.

Thanks for reading.  With Warmth and Respect.

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Doing Things With Novels Class: Jenna’s Final Project Draft Outline

My working title is Cataloger as Author, Metadata as Annotation, but based on the outline I just turned in, I’m not sure if the title will remain. I welcome feedback, using hypothes.is or, if you prefer, via the Google Docs comments function. If you wish to share via the latter, please send a Google account address to me at leslzine at gmail. 

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NYC OpenCon

♥ Presentation Slides ♥

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Zine Librarians unConference 2018

Lauren and Jenna met up with collaborators at the Zine Librarians UnConference, where we facilitated three Zine Union Catalog sessions (with links to session notes)

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ZUC ITP Final

Jenna + Lauren submitted this paper for their ITP Final in early May, 2018 which aims to roadmap the next phase of ZUC development. They’ll also be updating the community at the Zine Librarian unConference in July.

ITP Core II Final ZineCat

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Data Visualizations!

Lauren and Jenna completed their Visualization and Design: Fundamentals summer class. They both used zine metadata for their final projects.

Lauren’s focused on keywords from the Queer Zine Archive Project and Jenna’s was about genre terms at the Barnard Zine Library.

Here’s a taste of Lauren’s

And a morsel of Jenna’s

Lauren’s project on Github pages. Lauren’s white paper is included on her Github.

Jenna’s project on Github pages. Jenna’s white paper is available via pdf.

Let us know what you think!

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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.

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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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ZUC ITP mid-term update!

Jenna and Lauren discuss preliminary governance structure of ZineCat, roadmapping the project’s development, and funding for their ITP midterm. Check out the full post on social paper here.

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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.