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

Metadata describes a digital item, providing (if known) such information as creator, publisher, contents, size, relationship to other resources, and more. Metadata may also contain "preservation" components that help us to maintain the integrity of digital files over time.


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


  • Author: Brett, Jeremy
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Texas A & M University


  • Organizer of meeting: University of North Texas. Libraries
    Contributor Type: Organization
  • Organizer of meeting: University of North Texas. Digital Scholarship Co-Operative
    Contributor Type: Organization


  • Creation: 2013-09-20


  • English


  • Physical Description: 15 p.: ill.
  • Content Description: Presentation for the 2013 Digital Frontiers Annual 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.


  • Keyword: fanzines
  • Keyword: digitized media
  • Keyword: fandom
  • Keyword: metadata
  • Keyword: copyright
  • Keyword: licensing


  • Conference: Second Annual Digital Frontiers Conference, 2013, Denton, Texas, United States


  • Name: Digital Frontiers
    Code: DIGIF


  • Name: UNT Digital Scholarship Cooperative (DiSCo)
    Code: DISCO


  • Rights Access: public

Resource Type

  • Presentation


  • Image


  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc228278


  • Display Note: 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.