Zine Union Catalog: Bringing Together Disparate, Unruly Data
February 5, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EST| Free
The Zine Union Catalog, or ZineCat, is a catalog built on Collective Access, a digital asset manager similar to, but with more complete metadata connectors than Omeka. ZineCat brings together records from six libraries with wildly different metadata schema. They are public, academic, community, and digital libraries using RDA, xZINECOREx, LibraryThing, and homegrown/standalone schema. Lauren Kehoe and Jenna Freedman developed the functional prototype as their CUNY Graduate Center MADH capstone, building on work begun in the zine librarian community in 2009 and adhering to the Zine Librarians Code of Ethics, which establishes standards for honoring the needs of authors and creators’ wants, needs, and changing identities. ZineCat still has a long way to go, in terms of functionality, but with over 31,000 records from its first six member libraries, it is already serving zine creators, scholars, and lay readers’ needs.