From the introduction:
This document emerges from years of challenging and joyous conversationsÂ about the work we do with zines. As caretakers of these materials,Â in our roles as librarians and archivists â€”independent, public and academicÂ alikeâ€”we believe in a set of core values that inform and guide ourÂ work. We disseminate those values here in order to communicate openlyÂ and build trust.
This document aims to support you in asking questions, rather than toÂ provide definitive answers. Guidelines may not apply uniformly to everyÂ situation, but include discussion of disputed points. This gives zineÂ librarians and archivists ideas about what has been challenging in theÂ past and how other zine custodians have dealt with those issues. TheseÂ points can guide conversations with users, institutions, authors, donors,Â and communitiesâ€”including other zine librarians and archivists.
The Zine Librarians Code of Ethics is a tool to be used for acquiring,Â managing, preserving, and making accessible zines in a library setting,Â whether the collection is housed in a public, academic, or special library;Â an archives; or a basement. It is not intended to be prescriptive or theÂ absolute word on the subject.
We started drafting this at the 2014 Zine Librarians (un)Conference inÂ Durham, NC and worked on it collaboratively over time and space.Â This is a snapshot of a living movement. We expect the Zine LibrariansÂ Code of Ethics to change over time, adapting as zine community moresÂ evolve. Your feedback is welcome and wanted: zinepavilionÂ at gmail dot com.
Created by: Heidy Berthoud, Joshua Barton, JeremyÂ Brett, Lisa Darms, Violet Fox, Jenna Freedman,Â Jennifer LaSuprema Hecker, Lillian Karabaic,Â Rhonda Kauffman, Kelly McElroy, Milo Miller, HonorÂ Moody, Jude Vachon, Madeline Veitch, CelinaÂ Williams, and Kelly Wooten (who clip-arted the hellÂ out of this zine).
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
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