Shared Zine Library Catalog: What do zine researchers want?
For several years, a group of zine librarians from collections in public, collective, and academic spaces in the US and Canada have been working toward building an online catalog where readers and researchers could search all of our zine collections at once. We're excited about it, but it's a lot of work, so we need to know...do zine researchers even want such a catalog? (
is an example of this type of catalog, but not specifically for zines and just for capital L Libraries)
What is your involvement in zines?
Check any/all that apply
I am a scholar (associated or not with an institution of higher education)
I am a journalist
I am some other kind of writer
I am an artist (fine, video, theater, etc.)
How do you currently find out where you can get/read a zine you already know about?
Search individual library catalogs
Search individual zine distros
Zine fest or other zine events
Etsy (Big Cartel, Storenvy, etc.) search
If a shared library catalog existed, how do you imagine you would use it?
Check as many boxes as you like and tell us more in the Other box.
Finding out where I can get a zine I already know about.
Finding zines I didn't already know about (by doing author, keyword, subject, etc. searching)
Finding out which libraries have a zine I am interested in
How do you currently find zines by a certain author or on a certain topic?
Go to individual library catalogs
Go to individual zine distros
Zine fests or other zine events
Anything else you want to say?
So, now that you've answered our questions and thought about a shared zine library catalog, how into it are you?
Thanks, I'm good.
Do you/have you made zines?
Again--totally optional! Check all that apply.
I have made a zine in the last two years
I have made zines but not in more than two years.
I have made zines but not in more than ten years.
I'm going to make my first zine any minute now, really!
Totally optional (like all the questions, actually), want to tell us who you are and if we can follow up with you for more feedback?
Please give your name, email address, website, zine name, whatever you are willing to share.
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