Please return your zines!

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Reminder: PLEASE BRING BACK YR ZINES!! We will be packing this week and need all our zines back before the move. If you can’t bring them back this week, please let us know so we can tell you the address of our next location. We can accept zines at Lorem Ipsum until August 1st, technically. But for real please come by this weekend or be in touch. Thanks!

Papercut is MOVING Out of Lorem Ipsum

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Dearest Patrons:

After nearly three amazing years functioning out of Lorem Ipsum Books, Papercut will begin packing our collection to move out on July 14th.  The book store will be undergoing many changes over the next few months, but we’ll recall fondly our time at Lorem Ipsum, which brought us many opportunities for growth and collaboration and made our library much more accessible to folks previously unacquainted with zines.
***We will be ending circulation of our zines immediately in preparation for our next move, and ask that all patrons bring in zines that they have out!***

***Our collection may be in storage for a while initially, but we will continue to be active with regular events, pop-up libraries, and workshops!***

If you have energy, ideas, time, or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We would love any and all help and feedback about what you would like to see from our next space. We plan on holding a community meeting sometime in July and invite everyone to attend, whether you have ideas to share or simply want to stay in the loop.
We thank you all for your support! Papercut has now been around for over 9 years, collecting over 15,000 zines, and serving over 1,600 devoted zinesters like yourselves. We know that this move will only help Papercut continue to grow and we are very excited for what will come next.
Love and Copy Scams~
The Papercut Zine Librarians

Papercut Catalogues its 15,000th Zine!

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Hello Zinesters!

We are pleased to announce that Papercut Zine Library has recently catalogued its 15000th zine! This is such a wonderful accomplishment; it really humbles all of us involved with the collective because it demonstrates the years and years of hard work of our librarians and the never-ending support of our patrons. Once again, thank you to all those who have helped make PZL what it is over all of these tumultuous, yet wonderful, years. After two relocations, we are still going strong, and there are some big plans in the works for the future. We are all very excited for the coming months and wherever this wild adventure that is organizing a completely volunteer-run zine library will bring us!

Please be sure to stop in and renew your yearly membership and/or convince your friends to help sustain the library by signing up. Every (re)new(ed) membership counts and helps us to continue serving as a resource for the metro-Boston zine/DIY/librarian community.

Also, what better time to stop in and browse zines than now! We have recently swapped out our fabulous February/March zine display on “relationships” for an equally terrific zine display of literature/poetry zines! Hand-picked by one of our librarians, we guarantee that the zines will leave you wanting to put the ink to the paper and draft your own zine full of witty lines and feelings. :)

Happy Spring,
Seanie, PZL

November Zine Making Meetup: Harvest Time!

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Friday, November 16th 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Time for another monthly zine meet up!  This fall we’ve collected lots of awesome recipes at local farmer’s markets – we’re going to put together a great zine but we want to give you a chance to put in your two lima beans first. Bring your recipes, food stories, harvest vibes, etc… we’ll have all the usual zine making stuff on hand. See you then!

RSVP to the facebook event here.

Zine and archival materials workshop

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Saturday, October 6th — Zine and archival materials workshop at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum.

Recipe zine making at the Union Square Farmers’ Market!

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Saturday, September 15 — PZL will be hanging out at the Union Square Farmers’ Market soliciting illustrated recipes of your favorite things do to with the yummy produce from USFM. The finished product will be an awesome, illustrated recipe zine! See more info about the Farmer’s Market here: Image by Claudia Pearson.

See more here:

RSVP here!

Sanford Berman: father of radical cataloging

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Unless you’re a librarian or going to school to become one, it’s pretty unlikely you’ve ever heard of Sanford Berman. By the time you finish this blog post, he might just edge out your friendly neighborhood zine librarian for the title of “raddest librarian”

As any librarian can tell you, thorough and accurate description of an item is hard work. In the library world, we use controlled vocabularies so that information can be organized, found and retrieved efficiently and effectively. Since the Library of Congress is so huge, they’ve done a lot of the work of describing A LOT of books. It would make sense then that the most commonly used controlled vocabulary for cataloging in the English speaking world is the LC Subject heading list. There are a lot of problems with that list! The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States of America and as a result of that, their subject heading list carries the biases inherent in that. One example: LCSH uses the heading “Burma” for “Republic of the Union of Myanmar” and “Armenian Massacre” for “Armenian Genocide”.

So what does this have to do with Sanford Berman? In 1968 Berman moved to Lusaka, Zambia and worked as a library assistant at the University of Zambia’s library. Like thousands of other libraries all over the world the University of Zambia used LCSH subject headings in their catalogs. When it was brought to Berman’s attention that one of these headings was a term akin to a highly offensive racial epithet in the U.S., the seeds for his seminal work, the 1971 book, Prejudices and Antipathies: A Tract on the LC Subject Heads Concerning People. In the introduction to Prejudices and Antipathies Berman lays it down:

…In the realm of headings that deal with people and cultures — in short, with humanity — the LC list can only ‘satisfy’ parochial, jingoistic Europeans and North Americans, white-hued, at least nominally Christian (and preferably Protestant) in faith, comfortably situated in the middle and higher-income brackets, lagely domiciled in suburbia, fundamentally loyal to the established order, and heavily imbued with the transcendent, incomparable glory of western civilization. Further, it reflects a host of untenable – indeed, obsolete and arrogant assumptions.

Tireless in his efforts to rid the Library of Congress subject heading list of “humanity-degrading, intellect-constricting rubbish” Berman sent letters like THIS and THIS much to the chagrin (and sometimes annoyance) of LC catalogers. He started Fully aware of injustice in the real world (not that the “bibliographic universe” isn’t part of the “real world”…) Berman didn’t limit himself to calling out LC. HERE is a letter he sent to American Libraries after the Occupy Wall Street Library was trashed, and HERE is to President Obama about Egypt.

“Zine” is now an official LC subject term thanks to Berman, as is “Transgender People”. THIS “scorecard” shows changes to LC’s subject list made just between 2004 – 2009…pretty awesome.

If you’re interested in reading more about Sanford Berman check out this awesome web zine: KISS MY FILING INDICATORS #1

More Updates on Our Birthday Festivities!

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Featuring live music acts: The Low TideFat Creeps and Birthdays!

and local zines released and showcased by:

High 5! The funnest and finest bi-weekly listing of free and cheap events available.
Bay State Badass #2! Brand new second issue of the lady-centric bike zine taking the streets by storm.
Today Belongs to You by Andrue Coombes
Nothing Mattress comics by Brian Connolly
New Vision by the Chubby Behemoth
Miss Sequential’s Sketchbook
Assorted Comic Zines by Liz Prince
Assorted Zines by Chelsea Dirck
Todo Sobre Mi Madre
Rihanna by Coorain Devin. About Rihanna and how her image functions in our culture.

Also check out this month’s mini-exhibit on lady-licious bike zines!

Hope to see you there!

*RSVP on Facebook, if you like.

Opening Party Announced!

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The Papercut Zine Library has moved into Lorem Ipsum Books! Come join us for a night of celebration; complete with music, readings, friends, and general merriment.

The Lucy Parsons Center is holding their opening earlier in the day, so we’ll also have a group bikeride from JP to Cambridge. Don’t miss out!

RSVP on Facebook!

Moving 15,000 Zines about 2.5 Miles Down the Road

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So we’re about 1/2, or maybe 1/3 of the way there, depending on how you look at it. The majority of our catalogued zines are safe and sound at our new location, with just a few hundred zines and the furniture to take care of over the next few days.

It’s sad to see the art come down; off the shelves and off of the walls. Our space in Somerville has awarded us with some amazing opportunities over the last year and a half, and we do not take this for granted. We hope that our friends over in East Somerville will keep checking out their zines, and that all of our patrons will see how we continue to grow and flourish in our new space.

We want to thank our volunteers, once again, for all of the help and support during this move. We could not have done it without you!



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