London-based zine librarian Holly Casio writes about being a resident at Asia Art Archive, and shares thoughts on the ethics of zine librarianship as performed by large organizations flirting with DIY culture. Holly also talks about being inspired by artists and activists authentically engaging with libraries and archives.
Cristen and Caroline share their thoughts on having a zine collection at a library: “That was an inspiring thing about being at the library and being surrounded by what basically looked like pieces of copier stapled together, but being in a ‘real library’ and around the corner from literally the classics, Jenna’s telling the world by having this collection that these zines are just as valuable as all those other books and all those other ways of knowing.”
Every year, the zine libraries community raises money to help a person of color attend the Zine Librarians unConference (ZLuC). This year’s ZLuC will be held July 19 and 20 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration for all attendees is free; this grant is intended to help with associated travel and/or childcare costs. We will have low-cost housing available (details announced soon), and homestay options to help defray housing costs.
If you are Black, Indigenous, and/or a POC and would like to apply for the ZLuC 2019 POC Travel Grant, please apply here: http://tinyurl.com/ZLuC2019travelgrant. Recipients of the ZLuC 2018 travel grant are not eligible for this year’s grant, but previous years’ recipients/applicants are welcome to apply.
If you’re able to support the ZLuC 2019 POC Travel Grant with funding, please send donations via Paypal to juliahuddleston[at the] gmail [dot] com. There’s also a Paypal donation button on the sidebar of this site. If you’d prefer to contribute without using Paypal, please email the address above and we’ll figure out an alternate method.
If you’re not able to donate funds right now, please help by spreading the word!
Applications and donations will be accepted until Sunday March 30, 2019. All applicants will be contacted by Monday April 15.
We’re now accepting monetary donations for the travel grant to support the attendance of People of Color at this year’s Zine Librarians unConference, happening in Salt Lake City, Friday July 19th and Saturday July 20th. You can send funds via PayPal to juliahuddleston [at] gmail, or email for alternate arrangements. The “donate” button on the sidebar of this site will also send donations to the correct account.
This year’s ZLuC POC travel grant selection committee is Joshua Barton, Christina Benson, Jolie Braun, Rose Chou, and Juli Huddleston. Stay tuned for the application form!
For those who have been curious about the status of the ZAPP (Zine Archive and Publishing Project) collection at the Seattle Public Library, this status report published in the Seattle Review of Books features photos and information about where things stand now: https://seattlereviewofbooks.com/notes/2019/02/05/it-s-been-a-long-long-time.
The 2019 Zine Librarians unConference will be held in downtown Salt Lake City on Friday July 19th and Saturday July 20th. Stay tuned for more information about registration and very affordable dorm rooms.
Derek Potts, zine librarian at DePaul University’s Special Collections and Archives, was featured in this Chicago Magazine article, “Why Anthony Rayson, Anarchist Grandpa, Sends Zines to Prison.”
Zines have long been a way for marginalized communities to record their stories and organize. Zine libraries are making sure those histories aren’t forgotten.
“How Zine Libraries Are Highlighting Marginalized Voices” is an excellent BuzzFeed article by Rosie Knight features zine librarians Jenna Freedman, Alana LaBeaf, Dawn Wing, zinester Zahra Swanzy, and art historian Marissa Del Toro discussing the power of zines.
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in Digital Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, and as part of their studies they’ve been able to work on various projects around the Zine Union Catalog. There are thorny metadata issues involved in collocating such disparate metadata as are found in catalogs that describe zines, and their investigations of the problems and potential solutions are getting us closer to the idea of a shared zine catalog. Read more about the project they just wrapped up this semester in their latest blog post: “Doing Things with Novels: Final Project (aka Catalogers as Authors, Metadata as Annotation or how Jenna and Lauren used ZineCat to write a paper using catalog records).” We’re all grateful for the time and effort Lauren and Jenna have given to this effort!