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The Value of Cataloging Zines & Zine Libraries

By Julia Lipscomb

A zine (/ˈziːn/ZEEN; an abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) is most commonly a small circulationself-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier.

A popular definition includes that circulation must be 1,000 or fewer, although in practice the majority are produced in editions of less than 100, and profit is not the primary intent of publication. They are informed by anarchopunk and DIY ethos. – Wikipedia

People have been self-publishing for centuries, in the form of pamphlets, broadsheets, and flyers, to name just a few of many formats. Even as technology evolves—and our expectations for quick delivery of information grow apace—and new opportunities to exploit mass media outlets and platforms emerge, one format of self-publishing has stuck to its Luddite, self-publishing roots: the zine. Continue reading


“Seizing Opportunities and Taking On New Challenges” An Interview with Donna Severino, SLA NY Director at Large

By Chris Lillis Meatto

You’ve had a long relationship with SLA NY…could you talk briefly about your service with the organization, some of the roles you’ve had, and some projects that you’ve worked on?

I have been a member of SLA NY since 1990. However, I never had the opportunity to engage fully at the leadership level until 2009. In 2009, I found myself in the same position as many information professionals. It was the height of the economic crisis, and my position was jeopardized. As a result, I engaged with my various professional organizations more frequently, and SLA NY was one of them. I started by joining an SLA NY task force, the Employment Task Force. The Task Force was formed by the 2009 SLA NY President, Michelle Dollinger. Its purpose was to help our members, affected by the economic crisis, to obtain relevant career-related information and the tools to leverage their skills and experience and reinvent themselves in order to fit the roles available in this new information services/management environment.

Michelle was looking for someone to lead the effort, and I raised my hand to play a lead role and quickly expanded the task force, creating a road map to achieve our stated goals and fulfill our mission. In short, we focused the year on programming related to career development and transition. LinkedIn specialists addressed members; career coaches and recruiters discussed resume writing and provided coaching for interviews; a panel of successful information professionals who leveraged their experience to change careers addressed the membership, and there were many other programs along these lines. Continue reading


A Fresh Look at FOIA: Librarians and FOIAonline

By Taryn L. Rucinski

Since, October 1, 2012, FOIAonline1 has operated to assist the public with much of its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)2 needs by allowing for the submission, tracking and generation of “up-to-the-minute reports on FOIA processing.”3 In accordance with President Obama’s Open Government Initiative in 2009,4 FOIAonline, formerly known as the FOIA Module, was created to serve as the federal government’s first online collaborative attempt to streamline the FOIA submission and tracking process for multiple federal agencies including: the Department of Commerce (excluding the Patent & Trademark Office); Department of the Treasury (including the Departmental Offices, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and United States Mint); Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Labor Relations Authority; Merit Systems Protection Board; the Office of General Counsel of the National Archives and Records Administration; and as of February 1st 2014, the Department of the Navy (including Navy and Marine Corps).5  FOIA contact information for federal agencies that are not participating in FOIAonline is required to be posted on each agency’s website6 pursuant to the eFOIA amendments of 1996.7 Continue reading