Wednesday, October 10, 2007

SMALL PRESS MEETS THE LIBRARY: some of the questions

How can small press authors or publishers move beyond relentless, hit-and-run self-promo and instead situate their records in contextualizing databases? How might particular small press items be discovered by particular libraries which may or may not already collect similar materials or overlapping subjects? How can catalogers better describe micro press items, or where can they find online help cataloging or indexing zines? Which details about their books and items do small press publishers/distributors need to provide to a librarian browsing a catalog? How can the small press better be discovered and bought by libraries? How can acquisitions librarians use the web to better find small press books they are looking for?

These are some of the questions I am interested in exploring.

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