NYU Accessibility & Accommodations Librarian Lauren Kehoe has contributed a chapter, The Zine Union Catalog, to the December 2021 ALA publication Zines in Libraries: Selecting, Purchasing, and Processing, edited by Lauren DeVoe and Sara Duff. The Zine Union Catalog (aka ZineCat) facilitates discoverability of zine holdings in the U.S. and beyond by searching a single catalog interface.
Lauren received a 2021 NYU Digital Humanities Seed Grant to continue developing the Union Catalog prototype with her project partner, Jenna Freedman, Librarian for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Curator of the Zine Library at Barnard.
"Zines are fun, but also they provide a firsthand, intimate, and authoritative account of social, political, and art historical movements as well as evidence of knowledge production and dissemination within radical, queer, and other subculture communities," Lauren says. "Scholars use them as primary source documents on a range of topics. For example, zines are regarded as a critical record of third wave feminism and the riot grrrl movement, punk rock and the punk aesthetic, popular culture and fandom, and local history in colleges, local scenes, and communities around the world.”