Zines in the Academic Library: A Literature Review
Academic institutions are increasingly interested in obtaining items of alternative press and print culture. Zines are but one of the many types of alternative media, and are finding their way into many library collections. Zines are hand made and present a variety of ideas and issues, political stances, and personal viewpoints—mostly those that challenge cultural norms. They represent the voices of minority in its many forms, and can be a window to exploring underground subcultures. This paper reviews the handful of scholarly articles looking at zines through a librarian's eye. This paper specifically discusses the issues surrounding zines and their collections at academic institutions. Issues such as cataloging, funding, preservation, and future needs are examined.
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