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Crowe, Stephanie H., and Karen Spilman. “MPLP @ 5: More Access, Less Backlog?” Journal of Archival Organization 8 (2010): 110-133. Accessed November 29, 2010, doi:10.1080/15332748.2010.518079.

Although the respondents to Crowe and Spilman’s survey indicated a widespread acceptance of the Greene Meissner principles of minimal processing, their individual comments reflected more uneasiness than expected.  This article demonstrates that professional archivists have many concerns about the long-term impact of minimal processing on the archival profession.

Dodge, Chris. “Collecting the Wretched Refuse: Lifting a Lamp to Zines, Military Newspapers, and Wisconsinalia.” Library Trends 56 (2008): 667-677. Accessed December 4, 2010, doi:10.1353/lib.2008.0013.

This article explains the commonalities between underground newspapers of the 1960s and current zine culture.  It also demonstrates the issue of literary legitimation that occurs when a library decides to collect and catalog alternative materials.

Jones, Barbara M. “Hidden Collections, Scholarly Barriers: Creating Access to Unprocessed Special Collections Materials in America’s Research Libraries.” RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Cultural Heritage 5 (2004): 88-105.

Originally a white paper produced by the ARL Task Force on Special Collections, it includes discussion of pamphlets and the costs and benefits of collection-level cataloging versus item-level cataloging.

Martin, Robert S. “Intersecting Missions, Converging Practice.” RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Cultural Heritage 8 (2007): 80-88.

Martin argues that the coming convergence of LAMs is a good thing, demonstrating the opinion that library and archive professionals are but different facets of one profession.  I argue that there are very real differences in our professional ideologies, not just culture or convention, as Martin suggests.

Stoddart, Richard A., and Teresa Kiser. “Zines and the Library.” Library Resources and Technical Services 48 (2004): 191-198.

This article covers the many issues involved in collecting zines in the library.  Most, if not all, of the issues parallel those relating to underground newspapers and pamphlets, making it a useful discussion for my topic.

Young, Timothy G. “Evidence: Toward a Library Definition of Ephemera.” RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Cultural Heritage 4 (2003): 11-26.

Young goes into great detail examining the blurry boundaries of printed ephemera.  He explains the issues surrounding administrative judgement on whether printed ephemera should be maintained by the library or archive.

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