Zines for Teens

From John at Pop Goes the Library, in his introductory post:


I currently work as the Young Adult Librarian and Systems Administrator for the Franklin Township Public Library in Somerset, NJ. (I’m also part of the reference staff and the webmaster) I’m pretty new to librarianship–I never worked at a library until I was in my Master’s program, and I just completed the program this last year–so I’m filled with ideas of things that libraries could and should be doing (i.e., better marketing).

At some point in my recent past, I worked for science fiction publishers like Tor Books and Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with virtually every science fiction and fantasy author that I liked. Once I left publishing to become a computer programmer (librarianship was my next, and hopefully last, career stop) I found that missed it, so I started my own magazine Electric Velocipede. I’ve been publishing it for a little more than five years and ten issues (#11 coming out next month). To tie this into the library world, I’ll be making an 8-page zine out of one sheet of paper later this week with my teens as part of Teen Read Week.<

Someone said to me lately, about my Ten Things I Know About Libraries post, that I’m pretty optimistic about “#6 Libraries will benefit from the next wave of MLIS grads.” This post makes me feel more on track. John, a new librarian, brings his previous experience and love of Sci Fi to his position at the library. The Zine part is a useful, “try this” ( or steal this idea) example as well.

Welcome to the Biblioblogosphere John!