Saturday July 20
Breakout session 2, 11:15-12:00pm
Session name: Social Action
Note taker: Juli
Zines as tools in activist communities
Why? Why Make Zines in Times of Strife (And Calm) http://zinelibraries.info/2017/04/06/why-make-zines/
- Zines as health literacy to combat bad info in other zines
- How do we deal with changing information (QZAP example about HIV/AIDS zines that are from the 90s)
- Where do (institutional) libraries fit in radical social action?
- Do libraries need to be politically neutral? Presenting information on the sly, which zines to put into the collection. Do other folks feel the need to do zine stuff in a politically neutral space?
- Social action can be under the radar, it can be secret.
- Information professionals have information– you can direct folks to other resources. To the radical info shop, etc. Find those sources– link them to zine makers if you know them
- When teaching information literacy, give students the tools to vet out bad information
- Showing students potentially dangerous materials to help them understand why people make decisions they do
- Curation as social action– $supporting$ people zine makers who are actively practicing social action
- Cataloging as social action– reframes how knowledge is structured in the future
- The act of cataloging zines makes one aware of the problematic nature of Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Spurs you on to think more about social action
- Starting a zine libraries is a radical act
- Having insider knowledge from zine makers to help infor cataloging
- What to do with hate speech zines? Keeping them for historical purposes, but not glorifying them. Maybe/ probably not in the browsing collection– but is there an archives that would be a good home for that in order the keep for research.
- This all depends on your collecting policy.
- Keeping the perspectives of the other side, which helps illustrate why zine makes are fighting against. Zine makers are counter-culture– they can’t be viewed in isolation.
- Revisit and revise your collection development policies! This is not static! <3
- Check out https://zinelibraries.info/code-of-ethics/
- Don’t prioritize shitty zines (including if the zine makers are problematic/ abusers/ etc)
- Come up with a protocol with how to deal with shit
- Reach out to communities that are affected, and let them guide you from
- Buy zines from POC zine makers and amplify their voices