The Library Staff Council presented a wonderful Fall Conference Roundup today and several of our colleagues discussed conferences they attended in 2014. For my part, I focused on two of the more unusual conferences I attended last year. Here’s some selected information about these two conferences:
Zine Librarians (un)Conference
- This community started having in-person conferences in 2009.
- ZL(u)C 2014 was at Duke University, Austin is a contender to host the 2015 conference.
- Made connection with volunteer Portland’s Independent Publishing Resource Center librarian, Lillian Karabaic, and am working (with a team) on adapting the game she discusses in this article for local use.
- Participated in discussions about developing a code of ethics for zine librarians, collection development policies & issues, crowd/expert/creator-sourcing metadata, and the development of a union catalog for zines based on the xZINECOREx metadata schema (check out a zine about the schema here).
- Help us out by taking one of these Surveys for Zine Makers and Zine Librarians.
- Established by Spencer Keralis at University of North Texas in 2012.
- Hecker presented “Austin Fanzine Project: An Overview” in 2013 & peer-reviewed session proposals in 2014.
- 2014 conference was held at/with Texas Women’s University
- highlight – “Here and There: Creating a Digital Humanities Community” (excellent keynote address by Miriam Posner)
- Digital Frontiers THATcamp 2014 Storify
- 2015 conference: Save the date! Thursday-Saturday, September 17-19, 2015. Location to be determined.