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Gathering the margins: the London College of Communication Library Zine Collection

  • Ruth Collingwood (a1) and Leila Kassir (a2)

The London College of Communication (LCC) Zine Collection was founded in July 2009 and now contains more than 4,000 zines. It is the most heavily used special collection at LCC Library. This article outlines the history and development of the collection, its uses in teaching, learning and research, and its value for widening access to, and representing diversity in an academic library environment.

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1. Ford, Laura Oldfield, Savage messiah (London: Laura Oldfield Ford, 2006-)

3. Bartel, Julie, From A to Zine: building a winning zine collection in your library (Chicago: American Library Association, 2004), 42

4. Bourdieu, Pierre, Distinction: a social critique of the judgement of taste (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984)

5. Goulding, Anne, ‘Libraries and Cultural Capital’, Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 40:235 (2008): 236

6. Ibid, 235.

7. Teal Triggs,‘Scissors and glue: punk fanzines and the creation of a DIY aesthetic’, Journal of Design History vol. 19 no. 1 (Spring, 2006): 72,

8. Ibid

9. Duncombe, Stephen, Notes from the underground: zines and the politics of popular culture, 2nd ed. (Microcosm: Bloomington, 2008), 105

10. Matthew Worley, ‘Punk, politics and British (fan)zines, 1974-84: while the world was dying, did you wonder why?’, History Workshop Journal 79 (1): 38,

11. ‘ARCL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.’ Association of College and Research Libraries, October 2011,

12. ‘Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.’ Association of College and Research Libraries, January 11, 2016,

13. For a definition of threshold concepts see Jan H.F Meyer and Ray Land, ‘Threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge: linkages to ways of thinking and practising within the disciplines’, Occasional Report 4: Edinburgh: School of Education, University of Edinburgh, 2003

14. ACRL 2016, op. cit.

15. Zine collection, London College of Communication Library,

16. The Subcultures Network, ed., Ripped, torn and cut: pop, politics and punk fanzines from 1976 (to be published by Manchester University Press, 2018)

17. Changing Conversations on Zines: An Open Seminar, London College of Communication. 13 July 2017

19. Sina Sparrow, Art fag (London: Sina Sparrow, 2012-)

20. Jackie Batey, Future fantasteek! (Brighton: Damp Flat Books, 2006-)

21. A Short Exhibition About Music Zines, Lower Gallery, London College of Communication. 10-21 July 2017

22. Mann, Nick, A short fanzine about rocking (Shrewsbury, London and Manchester: Nick Mann, 2001-2014)

23. Fanzines: A Cut-and-Paste Revolution, Barbican Music Library, 1-31 August 2016

24. Artsnight, Thurston Moore 23:00 11/03/2016, BBC2 England, 30 mins.

25. Mark, P., Sniffin’ glue: and other rock ‘n’ roll habits… (London, England: Mark P., 1976-1977)

26. Tony, D., Ripped and torn (Glasgow: Tony D., 1976-1979)

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