International Zine Month event
15 August 2014
On Sunday 27 July 2014 the Library, along with the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) celebrated International Zine Month by co-hosting a special event to highlight why zines belong in libraries. A small group of zine-lovers met in the zine lounge at MoAD, a wonderful space stocked with everything a budding zinester needs to cut copy and paste their own publication.
Librarians from MoAD and the Library spoke to the group about their zine collections, discussing many of the reasons why libraries collect them. The two reasons that really inspired the group were firstly; that zines give a voice to people who might otherwise be overlooked (for example, the Refugee Art Project zine), thereby providing balance to the Library’s collection, and secondly, that many zines demonstrate creative or artistic characteristics not well represented in other mainstream publishing (for example, Audrey & Audrey).
The zine lounge has proved to be so popular, especially with school groups, that MoAD generously presented the Library with two bound copies of the collected works created there (so far!).
MoAD houses some very interesting items, including a first edition of Thomas Payne’s The Rights of Man (currently on display in the Designing Democracy exhibition). Payne is widely considered to be one of the very first zinesters, and the success of his work shows how underground publications have changed the course of history, with the knock-on effect of shaping Australian democracy.
Everyone enjoyed browsing through a selection of other political pamphlets, which included The Labor of Gough.
The group then wandered across to the Library, where the librarians had set-up a small display of selected zines for them to peruse from the more than 2000 held by the Library.
It was suggested that we select approximately 20 titles for the display. We barely managed to narrow it down to 43. The Library has so many amazing zines in the collection that we could have easily doubled or tripled this number. Oh well, there’s always next year.
A blast from the past, Mavis McKenzie was a big hit!
Fandom abides in SPOCK (short for Startrek Propaganda on Club Kids).
We recently acquired the tiny but beautiful Teleportation via colour photocopier, which requires custom-housing for preservation.
We finished up the day with a guided tour through the Library stacks, visiting zines in their various locations, including the Henderson Collection, which houses approximately 1500 zines. As only the tiniest fraction of the Library is open to the public, our tour group was intrigued and impressed when we took them behind the scenes.
The Library regularly runs non-ziney Behind the Scenes tours, so please come along!
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