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The Anchor Archive is hiring a Communications and Events Coordinator for the summer!

The Anchor Archive Zine Library is a small library in the north end of Halifax that is dedicated to providing free or affordable access to independent and alternative media, art, and education. We support critical, creative projects and inspire social change through DIY, non-hierarchical, and consensus-based approaches. We have a collection of over 4000 zines that can be browsed and borrowed, a low-cost colour photocopier, and other zine-making supplies, and we host zine-making workshops, zine fairs, and a zine-maker residency program throughout the summer.

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Get Involved with the Zine Library! Sunday March 9

The Anchor Archive Zine Library is open at Plan B (2180 Gottingen) 7 days a week, 11-7, but will have scheduled "open hours" on Sundays 2-5pm and Tuesdays 5-7pm,  when a volunteer will be there to sign out zines, help with zine research, and help with the photocopier.  Next Sunday, March 9, from 2:30-4:00pm, there will be a training session for folks who want to do zine library open hours.  You'll learn how to sign up members, check in and out zines, catalogue zines, navigate the zine collection, and special tips and tricks for using the photocopier. 

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Rat Skool!

An evening of Nova Scotia themed presentations on:
-Skateparks of NS
-Wildflowers of NS
-Coyote Cull of NS
-The 1st dictionary

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Roberts Street Rat Skool 5/ Subject Lottery Presentations - Tuesday, January 15th, 6:30pm

Tuesday, January 15th, 6:30pm

Come and watch presentations on:

  1. The Weather Underground
  2. Schizophrenia
  3. Two-Spirited
  4. How to Treat an Old Window For Winter
How does the subject lottery work? At each event we collect topics that you would like to see someone else present on. We also collect names of people willing to do presentations on topics they most likely know little about! Then a few names are drawn and a few topics are drawn and those people prepare a short (5-15min) presentation for the next session.
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Rat Skool in The Coast!

"We're trying to break down the barriers of who is the expert, or the teacher, and who is the learner---the teacher is the learner at the same time," Larsen says. "So maybe the person presenting knows a bit about the topic, but someone in the audience knows another tidbit that's kind of related, which makes for a really spontaneous and interesting discussion... By taking education outside an institutional setting, we're hoping to de-professionalize and de-commodify it."

Read more...

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Cafe at Roberts Street!

Daina Tavenier and Sam Kinsley will be hosting their "General Cafe" at Roberts Street Wednesday - Friday for the first 3 weeks of April! We're all really excited about this. The General Café is a collaborative, ongoing project that functions as a mobile café offering specialty coffees, wild harvested teas, and snacks. The project is inspired by the romantic notion of café as a place for social interaction, contemplation of ideas, art, music, and political dialogue.

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Fan Club Week! Show your love for Roberts Street

Roberts Street needs contributions from our fans to help us pay for rent and power, buy glue sticks, buy zines, and basically keep our doors open and continue to offer rad programming and resources in 2012. We invite you to join our Fan Club by making a donation to the Centre. Attached is a sponsorship form with information about making a donation or becoming a sustaining member. If you would like to make a donation as a gift for the holidays, we will send a token of our appreciation [surprise!] along with a “donation has been made on your behalf” card to the lucky recipient.

We'll even come to you and pick up the donation if you live in Halifax and make a donation during our Fan Club Week, December 5-11.

Take a look at the flyer.  

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Interview with Anchor Archive co-founder on These Things that People Make

Sarah Evans, zinemaker and co-founder of the Anchor Archive Zine Library, was recently interviewed about the pet calendar and 24 Hour Zine Challenge on These Things that People Make - an awesome show about zines and other things that people make on CFRU.  You can listen to Sarah's interview and other episodes of the show (including interviews with other Halifax zinemakers and former Robert

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Call for submissions - Anchorless Archive Zinemobile

The Anchor Archive Zine Library is seeking submissions for the Anchorless Archive Zinemobile – the amazing roving zine cart! As part of its fundraising week (May 7-14), the Anchor Archive is building a zine cart that will be pushed or pulled around the city to promote and distribute zines.

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Urban Maple Sugaring Project wrap-up

Last Friday, Mike and Juele did the final boil-down of maple sap they collected around Halifax's north end, even in the crazy weather. A handful of people showed up despite the storm (those wonderful keeners!) and zines were distributed, stories and pancakes shared. The experience was a happy, if cold and wet one.

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Vocabulary Index module

When I went to the Drupal site to find and download the Directory module, I ended up looking through all of the different modules associated with Taxonomy and I fell in love with Drupal again. Maybe "love" is too strong of a word, but I remembered how amazing Drupal is and how it can do everything and how much fun it is to try to figure out how to do something in Drupal.

Perplexed by Drupal blogs

Last week one of the Roberts Street residents (Macho!) came up with an awesome idea: start a blog on the website for residents to post info and updates about their projects. Of course!

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New Zine Librarian Zine

The new issue of Zine Librarian Zine is out! In case you can’t tell from the title, it’s an awesome zine about zines and libraries. I wrote an article for the new issue about subject cataloguing and making a thesaurus for the Anchor Archive Zine Library. The PDF is available for viewing and printing. For a quick read, here is my article:

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Cataloguing update

I apologize for my long absence from the Catalogue Blogue. A lot has happened since I last wrote.

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Shortcomings in Drupal Taxonomy Module

As we’ve written about in detail elsewhere on this blog, we use the Taxonomy module in Drupal for the Subject field. It’s set up so that every time we enter a new subject term the term gets added to a controlled vocabulary that’s stored in Drupal.

In search of alternative subject headings and thesauri

I’ve found a couple of resources for alternative subject headings since my last post:

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Zine thesaurus-making fun

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Cataloguing has begun

Now that we have this awesome catalogue, our next task is to fill it with data, or catalogue the collection of the Anchor Archive Zine Library. There are about 2000 zines in the collection, plus books and other items, but we’re just focusing on the zine collection for now. We hope to have most of the cataloguing done by September or October of 2008.

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Controlled Vocabularies

There are some fields in the zine record table for which we want to use a controlled vocabulary.

System design

We have now conceived of a design for
most aspects of the Anchor Archive library system. We have made
postings about what different parts of the system will look like, all
sharing the category of “System Design.” We have been working in a
practice system that Zac installed on his server. If anyone would like

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