You'll wish it was all over: the bibliographic control of grey literature with reference to print football fanzines

Hall, Hazel and Smith, Neil (1997) You'll wish it was all over: the bibliographic control of grey literature with reference to print football fanzines. Serials: the journal for the serials community, 10 (2). pp. 189-194. ISSN 0953-0460

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Since the mid-1970s there has been a growth in the availability of self-published serial material for fans of football teams, science fiction series and bands. Typically, dissemination of these publications is through specialised channels in low print runs. Standard bibliographic tools fail to point to titles and their acquisition by "normal" processes is difficult. Yet in the chaos of this material there lies a heritage of intellectual effort, which reveals much of recent developments in society and culture. Do the efforts towards bibliographic control of this haphazard morass help the serious fan or researcher draw on the wealth of information held between the photocopied pages?

This paper examines the history of the fanzine; considers its status as an item of grey literature and discusses the problems encountered by amateur fanzine collectors, experts and librarians in tracing and managing titles. Case study material based on a piece of qualitative research carried out in the Lothians illustrates the difficulties in bibliographic control with particular reference to the football fanzine.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0953-0460
Electronic ISSN: 1475 3308
Uncontrolled Keywords: fanzine; grey literature; bibliographic control;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 050 Magazines, journals & serials
Library of Congress Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Item ID: 3166
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 10:58
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2013 14:30

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