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Saturday, March 31 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Unexpected Legacy Collections: progressive collection policies and practices for zines, minicomics, and alternative presses

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Moderator: Deborah Ultan Boudewyn, University of Minnesota


Deborah Ultan Boudewyns, University of Minnesota & Marshall Weber, Booklyn Artists Alliance

Susan Thomas, Long Island University. "Too Cool for School: Artists' Zines in Academic Libraries"

Stephanie Grimm, University of Michigan. "Minicomics: the (not so small) task of building a collection in a university library"

Celina Williams & Leila Prasertwaitaya, Virginia Commonwealth University. "Collecting the Uncollectable: Zines in Archives"

Addressing the category Collecting New Information Objects, this session features discussion on a special area of collecting that includes archival collections of alternative presses, minicomics and zines. Within the maturation of the field of artists’ books are the growing collections of artist bookmakers, zinesters, and alternative presses. The first generation of artists and presses in the late 20th Century, that identified themselves as interdisciplinary artist book artists or zine makers, rather than printers, publishers or fine press proprietors, is an aging generation leaving an incredible legacy behind. Introducing the topic, in a slightly new format, will be a dynamic conversation between Deborah Ultan Boudewyns and special guest, Marshall Weber, Booklyn Artists Alliance. Panelist, Susan Thomas, will focus on the reasons for collecting zines related to teaching and learning. Stephanie Grimm will explain how a collection policy for graphic and cartooning formats can be configured to fit a multi-tiered academic institutional library. Celina Williams & Leila Prasertwaitaya close the session with an evolved framework from which libraries may consider adopting collection policies to include alternative forms of publications.

Supported by the ARLIS/NA Alternative Voices Fund.

Saturday March 31, 2012 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Sheraton Hall C Sheraton Centre

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