I’m so happy to welcome Erica Saunders and Sarah Rappo to the Brooklyn College Library as our summer 2012 zine interns! Erica and Sarah are both library students attending Queens College.
This summer they will be working on some very exciting projects–a zine exhibition and an opening celebration for our new browsing collection (keep July open for a trip to Midwood!). Stay tuned hear to find out more about their work at BCL and other exciting things to come!
We’re excited to be tabling at the Brooklyn Zine Fest tomorrow–we’ll debut a new BCL zine, and hope to do some trades for the collection!
p.s. We really love the Meet Your Zinemaker series that the BZF folks have been doing, and even got interviewed about The Borough is My Library and the zine collection…
A while back I asked readers of this blog and a group of zine librarians for suggestions of zines that talk about immigration, nationality and transition. I got a lot of great recommendations (thank you Jenna and Kate and Sara and Tracy and Amy!).
Now I’m sharing the information that I was able to collect and organize–the organization due to the hard work of zine volunteer Erica Saunders (thank you Erica!).
The list below is start at gathering these titles together. If you have additional information (links, authors, etc.) to add, or zines that you wish to have listed, please get in touch (zinecollection(at)brooklyn(dot)cuny(dot)edu) or leave a comment–we will try to keep this list continually updated as we collect and catalog new zines for the collection. Continue reading
Just wanted to say that I was very inspired by Natalie Nuzzo’s English 1012 class today and their zine, Where We’re From. Thank you for talking with me today about the zine collection, and I hope you all do decide to start making your own work–remember, there aren’t any rules–it can be about whatever is important to you!
A big THANK YOU to Jocelyn Wills’ American Dreams and Realities class for being a really wonderful group who came and visited the BCL Zine Collection this past week. It was really an honor to have you all come in and take a look at the collection!
Dear zine creators/readers/lovers:
Do you know of any zines which explore, document or narrate the immigrant experience? Can you recommend zines that look at national identity, nationhood, diasporas, mobility, citizenship or belonging?
We are seeking more zines that explore these issues–in any language–for our BCL zine collection. If you have a recommendation, please leave a comment here on on our contact page or email zinecollection (at) brooklyn (dot) cuny (dot) edu
We will be sure to share all of the information that we collect. Thanks for your help!
I am super excited to report that due to the diligent work of the Brooklyn College Library Technical Services faculty and staff, we have more than 20 zines already cataloged!
For some*of you who have donated, now you can show your parents your name up in lights (aka in a library catalog)! To see your own zine or all of the cataloged items, just do a CALL NUMBER search in our catalog for “Zines” and you’ll see what’s been happening so far. If you don’t know how to do this, ask a librarian!
Finally, the other great thing about getting these zines cataloged is that soon we can start to get them onto the shelves in our browsing collection–stay tuned!
*If you don’t see your zines there yet, please be patient–more are on their way!
In collaboration with the Brooklyn College Center for Teaching, I’ll be leading a workshop about using zines in the classroom. All are welcome to attend! Get in touch if you would like more information about the event.
A zine (rhymes with bean) is a self-published magazine that is usually made by hand and reproduced using a photocopier. Zines are publications for which there are few rules, and usually defy a succinct or global definition. The content of these publications covers a wide spectrum of topics, but the new zine collection at the Brooklyn College Library is focused primarily upon works made within or about Brooklyn.
Over the past few months Professor Alycia Sellie has been working with a few interns to acquire and organize Brooklyn zines-many of which were donated by their creators, who live throughout the borough. These materials present many opportunities for teaching–from book art workshops to the study of self-publishing, personal narratives and memoir. If you would like to learn more about how the zine collection might be integrated into your curriculum, join us on Monday, December 12 from 12:00-1:30pm in the Brooklyn College Library for a short presentation, zine viewing and discussion.