Tech Supporting Zine Library Infrastructure

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Topic Overview:

Conversation about managing digital assets and coordinating efforts. How to ask folks to support tech infrastructure. Current Projects/Assets:

  • wordpress site (repository for many things)
  • Yahoo groups email list
  • Github (for union catalog working group)
  • Zine Wiki
  • Etherpad

Some projects require funding (website domain, hosting, etc)

Desire for more collaboration with updating tech infrastructure and contributing content to

  • Building out section for contributions, make website more collaborative (difficulties with access due to WordPress format)
  • Call for help/subgroup? Possible role for project assistants?
    • Email Violet to grant access

Interest in session:

  • thinking about intellectual property; how can students populate zine wiki pages
  • who and how resources are managed
  • what are community/support needs?
  • how to connect content generated in courses to the existing resources; what are tech questions/issues in zine librarian community
  • how zine wiki is maintained/future development
  • institutions/students are creating zines, how to connect to and utilize existing platforms?

Etherpad =>

  • used by union catalog and zine wiki groups; stripped down text editor allowing for collaborative editing; tracks authorship (color coding); autosaves; also includes a chat function; IS NOT GOOGLE!
  • Anyone can use by accessing link


  • open source dropbox; a repository that can store different kinds of file formats (good for code)
  • ACTION: is there a way to create a group github (instead of having a personal account)? YES YOU CAN
  • create a generic email account to use? are there free plans?
  • use for catalog exports
    • Public Dropbox as alternative for accessibility/functionality?

Potential value of consolidating resources

Zine Librarian Email List/Yahoo Group

  • also a place to put files! restricted group (email Jenna for access)
  • ACTION: Review files in the Yahoo group, migrate to github/github alternative
    • are items in github searchable on the internet? YES
  • AOL just bought Yahoo; need to migrate more pressing maybe
  • what are alternatives?
  • ACTION: Can we host email lists at
    • need for something that does not create need for more administrative oversight

Zine Wiki

  • need more administration and TLC
    • Contact Jenna at Barnard to gain access/admin
    • individual libraries tracking/contributing to entries for zine wiki
  • union catalog group are working on more structure for zinewiki; additional metadata
  • no standard for entries right now, template in development for infobox
  • if you know somebody who is good with media wiki, we could use the expertise (not just zine folks)
    • wikipedia edit-a-thons as good way to recruit potential volunteers to help with wiki
  • can create collection notes (groundwork for union catalog)


Next Steps

  • Investigating alternatives to github
  • Reviewing yahoo group materials; consolidate/migrate as needed
  • Encourage folks who are adding content to zine wiki to also think about writing up a workflow
  • Group hack session tomorrow during zine making