"It hits parts of the community that other resources won't reach," says Anissa Malady, CSC librarian. "The audience is different from that of the academy, so zines reach a wider range." Anissa continues to explain how cataloging encourages people to come together. They become more engaged with the content and even offer to help catalogue the material. The CSC archives, which are available online for the public, brings attention to the more personal takes on sexuality.
An intimate point of view makes the subject far more accessible, which is why Anissa believes that internet zines have great potential. "There's not enough art reaching people, so we try to make art available online through our online library," she says. The CSC library catalogues their zines into an online archive, with CSC interns and volunteers reading the material to ensure it is correctly filed for easy reference. Together, the CSC team makes an effort to share their resources with a growing community.
Anissa along with Dorian Katz (CSC Curator), Tess McCarthy (CSC Archivist), the graphic novelist Jon Macy and their interns, are organizing their first Zine Fest, Bookish Beasts this upcoming weekend. Their exhibitors include, but are not limited to Tyler Cohen, Sy Wagon, Alex Woolfson, Dorian Katz, Jon Macy, Kerry Kelly, Xxavier Carter, Finley Coyle, billy ocallaghan, Tara Madison Avery, Pangolin Collective, Oliver James, Ajuan Mance, Jewel Smith, Electric Works Diego Gomez, Agent Agnes Czaja, Janani Bala and Alok Vaid-Menon.