Shared Zine Library Catalog: Library Survey
For several years, a group of zine librarians from collections in public, collective, and academic spaces have been working toward building an online catalog where readers and researchers could search all of our zine collections at once. This survey is intended to gather information about our individual collections to better anticipate what kinds of metadata and system considerations a shared catalog would need to take into account. We'd love your feedback and input if you are interested in sharing it; participation is entirely voluntary. Data from the survey will not be shared in such a way that your responses could be linked to any personally identifying (or institution-identifying) information you choose to share with us. The survey responses will be maintained in a spreadsheet accessible only to Jenna Freedman and Madeline Veitch (names, or just numbers here? other folks?)
What kind of Library or Collection(s) do you work with?
(Please check all that apply)
"Barefoot" Independent Zine Library
Traditional Archive or Historical Society (San Francisco LGBT Historical Society, eg.)
Would you be in favor of having your library or zine collection records included in a shared catalog, available to all searchers on the web?
It all depends...
What (if anything) would you be psyched about with a shared catalog?
What (if any) would your concerns be?
What kind of system do you use for your records?
(Please check all that apply)
Spreadsheet (e.g. Excel, LibreOffice Calc)
Integrated Library System (e.g. Millennium, Koha, Voyager)
Standalone database (e.g. Filemaker Pro, MS Access)
Content or archives management system (e.g., WordPress or Collective Access)
Finding aid (document describing discreet collections)
Print (catalog cards, physical lists)
Would it be possible to export records from your current system in comma separated value (.csv) form?
An encoding standard is a set of fields or bits of code used to organize information about a zine so it can be more easily read by an organizational program (like an integrated library system). Do the data elements in your records conform to a particular encoding standard? (i.e. do you use a specific set of fields or bits of code to denote that a certain string of words represents the title or author?)
How many records do you have in total (approximately)?
Do you make records for individual zines, series, or groups of zines in collections?
Individual zines (one-off zines, or individual records for a specific zine in a series, e.g. Doris #28)
Series (e.g. Mutate Zine #1-10)
Groups of zines in collections (e.g. all the zines donated by a single person)
If you use a combination of individual, series, or collection-level records, for what reasons do you create records at these different levels?
If you do describe zines at the collection level, what's true for your library:
We have finding aids online that describe each collection and what kinds of zines it contains
We have finding aids available in hard copy at the library
We include box lists in our finding aids that explain which boxes include which zines (or groups of zines)
What rules or guidelines do you use in describing aspects of a zine such as title, physical characteristics, or the place it was produced?
RDA / AACR2
Local guidelines (e.g. always capitalize proper nouns in the title, describe illustrations as "b & w" or "color")
Other established metadata schema (indicate which below)
What kinds of information do you regularly include in your records?
Place of Publication / Creation
Name of Publisher (if not author)
Number of pages
Illustrated or not?
Size of zine
Genre terms (e.g. compilation zine, personal zine)
Topical subjects (e.g. cats, prisons, vegetarian cooking)
Table of contents
Summary or description of content
Rights associated with the work (creative commons license? Other statement on reproduction?)
Names of other contributors to the zine
Language(s) of zine
If you add subjects, what group of terms / thesauri do you use?
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)
Locally created lists
Instead of/in addition: zine description (summary, abstrac)
Other established thesaurus (indicate which one below)
Can zines in your collection be checked out?
Would you be willing to interlibrary loan your zines to users from outside your immediate area who found out about titles you had using the Union Catalog?
How would we pay for postage?
It might depend on the zine
What else should we be thinking about in undertaking this project? Do you have other comments, ideas, concerns?
Really - don't hold back!
Totally optional, would you like to share what library or collection you work with, and how we might get in touch with you?
Your name / Library name, email, phone number, whatever you're willing to share.
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