Slug Magazine- Alt Press Fest 2012

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City Weekly – Alt Press Fest 2011

Celebrate local fringe arts

by Jacob Stringer

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The Salt Lake City Main Library’s zine collection was founded in 1997 principally by one solitary librarian named Julie Bartel. In a manic manner that seems to be par for the course within this particular community, Bartel essentially nudged the whole shebang into being because she wanted to build upon her own beloved misfit hobby. The motley collection quickly turned into an admired archetype; it’s the first of its kind housed in a public library, where it has been nurtured into the largest of its kind in the country.

SLUG Magazine-Skirting the Mainstream is Just More Fun: An Introduction to the Alternative Press Collection

by Jeanette D. Moses

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The main Salt Lake City Library is like a diamond in the rough. Its modern design (created by Moshe Safdi), light-colored walls and the prevalence of glass used in the structure make it one of the most distinctive buildings in the city. Although the stunning architecture is obvious, the downtown library hosts a variety of hidden gems within its walls.

On the second floor of the building, near the fiction reference desk and the periodical section, a handful of shelves hold approximately 2,500 zines––one of the largest public alternative press collections in the country. Unfortunately, if you weren’t looking for it … it’s unlikely that you’d ever know it was there.

City Weekly-Fringe Print: DIY artists converge for a celebration of zines on Library Square

By Austin Diamond

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Clint Watson has been reading about a “Scatological Think Cap” recently, along with all manner of other content in a slew of self-published, indie rags called zines.

Of the more than 2,500 unique titles and 6,000 total pieces in the Salt Lake City Public Library’s Alternative Press Collection, many, says Watson, who happens to be the collection selector, can be provocative and intriguing, silly or just strange. “I respect them all. It’s another route to expressing yourself,” Watson says.


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