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Alternative literature in libraries: the unseen zine

Rowena Koh (School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 18 April 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This article aims to show both the importance of collecting zines, particularly in public libraries, and the issues and challenges associated with the management of such a unique collection.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper is based on the research of recent literature, zine‐related web sites, and library catalogues. Examples of current zine collections are frequently discussed.

Findings

The study finds that, although zines provide many challenges in the area of collection management, suitable solutions can be found. These challenges, therefore, should not be an excuse for the lack of zine collections found in libraries today.

Originality/value

This article provides a complete picture of the collection management of zines and discusses practical solutions to address the challenges involved by pointing several examples of successful zine collections.

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Citation

Koh, R. (2008), "Alternative literature in libraries: the unseen zine", Collection Building, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 48-51. https://doi.org/10.1108/01604950810870182

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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