Alycia Sellie currently heads the Collections department at the Graduate Center Library. In addition to collaborating with students and faculty, she helps organize and streamline the department’s approach to local collections and fosters partnerships with consortial libraries.
Alycia is thoroughly engaged with issues of critical librarianship, electronic activism, and readers’ rights. She co-founded the Open Access @ CUNY blog (now known as Open @ CUNY), the Readers’ Bill of Rights for Digital Books project and she continues to explore issues of social justice and digital work in the humanities.
Alycia has specialized in unique library collections and zine librarianship. She debuted the Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection in 2012, a living archive of works made by and for Brooklyn College students. Alycia’s work on this collection grew out of her experiences organizing national zine events and from making her own publication, The Borough is My Library: A Metropolitan Library Workers’ Zine.
Before joining CUNY in 2009, Alycia worked at the Pratt Institute Library in Brooklyn, and she had her start working in the distinguished Newspapers and Periodicals department of the Wisconsin Historical Society Library under the mentorship of alternative and radical press expert, James Danky.
Alycia holds a B.S. in Fine Art and an M.A. in Library Science, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at the Graduate Center, where her thesis project explored the intersections of zines and copyleft.