May 21, 2022

Research Article: “Zines for Teaching: A Survey of Pedagogy and Implications for Academic Librarians” (Preprint)

The following article (preprint) will be published in Vol. 18, No. 4 of portal: Libraries and the Academy published by Johns Hopkins University Press.


Zines for Teaching: A Survey of Pedagogy and Implications for Academic Librarians


Susan Thomas
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC)/City University of New York (CUNY)


portal: Libraries and the Academy
Vol. 18, No. 4


Zines have begun to gain a place in higher education as pedagogical tools studied or made by students, and many academic libraries maintain zine collections. The library literature reveals little about how nonlibrarian faculty use zines in their classrooms. This paper describes the results of a survey of faculty from a range of academic disciplines and professions who teach with zines and other booklet forms. Survey results reveal the extent to which faculty zine pedagogies include collaboration with librarians and use of library collections. Faculty describe instructional activities and attitudes that many library professionals, including reference and instruction librarians, directors or deans, catalogers, acquisition and special collections librarians, and archivists, may find useful.

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