Apr 2, 2016
In Episode 19, "Cataloging Fandom," Elizabeth and Flourish talk to Ludi Price, a librarian and PhD student in information science whose research focuses on how fans collect, tag, share, and otherwise interact with information (e.g., fanart, fanfic, fanvids, facts about their fandoms, etc.). Then they read and discuss two listener comments. Topics covered include crowdsourcing, Jeremy Bentham, why Amazon.com's search and tagging system sucks so much, yaoi/yuri and shounen ai/shoujo ai, and ageism in fandom. Ludi adds: "I just thought of an addendum I'd like to add to this episode if that's OK. Just if there are any listeners out there who'd like to explore fandom through Library & Information Science, we'd be really interested to discuss it with you at the library school where I do my research. That's City LIS, which you can find on Twitter using our hashtag #CityLIS, or you can go to our blog which is at, I think it's at blogs.city.ac.uk/citylis. We're all, especially my supervisor Liv Robinson who's really into this stuff, we'd love to hear from anyone who's interested in weird or unusual kinds of documentation such as how you'd record live performance or an installation piece in a museum or whatever, or for example video game experiences. I'm also interested in the information behavior of people like comics collectors, artists, fanfic writers. So if you're intrigued, come and check us out at City LIS, and we'll be more than happy to discuss all your ideas, thoughts, opinions, whatever. Thanks!" You can reach Ludi at @ludi-ling on Tumblr, @ludiprice on Twitter, at https://blogs.city.ac.uk/ludiprice/, or as ludi-price on DeviantArt.