FanLib: One Year Later

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Title: FanLib: One Year Later
Creator: Laura Hale
Date(s): March 26, 2008
Medium: online
Topic: FanLib
External Links: online here; Archive
cross-posted at Fan History Wiki; WebCite
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FanLib: One Year Later is a post by Laura Hale made to Fanthropology in 2008.

It is a detailed timeline of FanLib's formation and development.

This rah-rah essay was written March 26, 2008. In August 2008 and just over a year after it had been launched, FanLib was bought by Disney and almost immediately shut down by its new overlord. [1]

Note: Archive of Our Own was shortly on the horizon (officially proposed in May 2008) but not a reality at the time of this post.


FanLib is not a fanfiction archive? Huh?, posted by stewardess a few weeks later, contains some discussion about this post.

Some Topics Covered

The Opening Paragraph

There are versions of this post: The Long One and the Short One. Why two versions? I started writing the first one, intending it to be an all comprehensive guide to what FanLib's been up to over the past year. I've been watching them and I've been watching what fandom has been saying about FanLib. It's been a fascinating to watch and fascinating to participate in. I really love the topic. The long version says everything that I need to and want to say about FanLib. As I started writing it I realized that important points were being buried in my love of the minutiae. A short version, a greatest hits of FanLib in the past year, was needed. So there are two versions.

Some Excerpts

It's been roughly a year since FanLib first launched their archive. When the events of May 2007 happened, there was a lot of concern about the future of fandom, with people seeing FanLib as a threat where the necessary response was for fans to empower themselves. People made predictions that FanLib would be done by the end of 2007. Others feared that FanLib's existence and their relationship with intellectual property holders would put fan run archives at increased legal risk. So what's happened in the past year and what have the effects on fandom been? This piece of history meta will examine that and see how predictions accurate made at the height of May 2007 situation were.
In the period between March 2007 and the present, archives did not report any fall out as a result of FanLib. FanLib did not hurt traffic to their archives. FanLib did not cause them to face any sort of legal threats. Archivists did not perceive any change in the environment as a result of FanLib's entering the market. Some, like MediaMiner.Org and FanWorks.Org were watching FanLib to gather ideas for their own archives. Between March 2007 and the present, FanLib has seen a steady increase in the number of unique visitors and total page views. In the end, trends indicate that Fanlib shall continue to grow as part of the fannish community. They've created a sustainable project, which will be around for many years to come.


  1. "When Disney bought FanLib, what did it get, and what did it do with it? The short answer: Disney got the servers and the software — everything but content — and launched Take180 the same month FanLib closed (August, 2008)." -- What Disney Bought From FanLib; Archive, post by stewardess at life_wo_fanlib, January 7, 2009