Preserving the Image of Fandom: The Sandy Hereld Memorial Digitized Media Fanzine Collection at Texas A & M University

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Presentation for the Second Annual Digital Frontiers Conference. In this presentation, the author discusses the content and issues of the Sandy Hereld Memorial Digitized Media Fanzine Collection at Texas A & M University.

Creator(s): Brett, Jeremy
Creation Date: September 20, 2013
Partner(s):
UNT Digital Scholarship Cooperative (DiSCo)
Collection(s):
Digital Frontiers
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Creator (Author):
Brett, Jeremy

Texas A & M University

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  • Creation: September 20, 2013
Description:

Presentation for the Second Annual Digital Frontiers Conference. In this presentation, the author discusses the content and issues of the Sandy Hereld Memorial Digitized Media Fanzine Collection at Texas A & M University.

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Abstract: Media fandom - the cultural practice of active interest in various movies or television shows - is a widespread and vibrant part of American popular culture. Fans create all sorts of artifacts related to the objects of their affection, including fanzines. Media fanzines are amateur publications usually (though not always) containing works of fan fiction. Fanzines have been important aspects of fandom for decades - many were created as ephemeral, impermanent print objects, while others were born digital. In either case, whole generations of media fanzines are disappearing and with them, the creative record of this colorful phenomenon. Texas A&M University is involved in creating a unique digital repository consisting of thousands of scanned and archived fanzines dating from the 1960s to the present. Preserving and providing access to fannish materials presents several unique challenges beyond the merely technical. There are complex issues regarding copyright and appropriate permission, often making efforts at graceful diplomacy necessary. Media fanzines can be classified under many different subjects and genres - in constructing the metadata structure for the repository we have this ongoing issue of limiting vocabulary to deal with as well. Finally, we were faced with the issue of how to provide access. The construction of the Sandy Hereld DMFC provides a number of interesting questions (and some answers) relating to digital archiving and how institutions can successfully build and maintain repositories of digital material, material with incredible potential for institutional and collection promotion and outreach.

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15 p.: ill.

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Keyword(s): fanzines | digitized media | fandom | metadata | copyright | licensing
Source: Second Annual Digital Frontiers Conference, 2013, Denton, Texas, United States
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Partner:
UNT Digital Scholarship Cooperative (DiSCo)
Collection:
Digital Frontiers
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  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc228278
Resource Type: Presentation
Format: Image
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Access: Public