a place for zinesters - writers and readers
Actually, I've been thinking of asking the same question for a while.
I've wanted for a long time to start some kind of alternative library or reading room, modeled somewhat after the kind the Christian Scientists do. Just a little storefront hole in the wall, if that'd be all I could afford.
In Spokane I see a lot of vacant old storefronts. I wonder how much rent would be for them for a month or year? I remember I used to see them advertised from under $200, but I think that was decades ago. Could they still be that cheap?
It'd be nice if I could get some people together to share staffing time and rent, but I doubt I could. Also, it'd be another project I probably shouldn't even think about taking on, but....
I saw in Zine World there's a collection in one of the community buildings, only open about 4 hours a day, on Sunday and another day. I'm going to try to check that out. I appreciate what they're doing, but I'd want my library not just for zines, but books, videos, what-have-you, and I'd want it to be diverse, and carry lots of "forbidden" and unusual material, not just of one ideology.
Problem with that though, where should I draw the line? Not only would I suspect many zinesters object my "laissez faire" inclusion, but I could get a lot of resistance from "the community", and even the cops. Frankly, even *I* might be uncomfortable with some things. Maybe I would have to "self-censor" just to get started and keep it open, not to mention self-respect.
By the way, I wouldn't be out to shock or offend people for its own sake. I'd just want the type of material you can't find in most of the libraries, some of which are just considered too boring or passe by most people.
Ah, maybe some day.
I started a zine library at my college. There was a school committee in charge of giving funds to student activities and projects, so I wrote a nice proposal and got them to give me a few hundred dollars. Then I recruited some more kids to help me pick zines to stock. I ordered a rack and a lot of zines, and posted in the donations group on WMZ to let people know we'd take their zine donations. The school library agreed to let me put the zine rack there and worked with me to find a nice spot.
This might also help: http://www.amazon.com/Zine-Building-Winning-Collection-Library/dp/0...
There's a zine librarians group on WMZ http://wemakezines.ning.com/group/zinelibrarians and also on Yahoo http://groups.yahoo.com/group/zinelibrarians. You're welcome to join both groups and talk zine librarianship with people who run all sorts of zine libraries.
Jenna, zine librarian at Barnard College
Both helpful AND encouraging! I've been wanting to turn my little personal zine collection into a library and it's nice to hear that there is hope for a library beginning with less than one hundred items. Hooray!