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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