Michigan State University has an extensive collection of zines, and many of them are on display on the new punk exhibit in MSU Libraries Special Collections. Exhibit curator Joshua Barton describes the zeitgeist of punk zines and highlights the uniqueness of the collection in this article from the Lansing City Pulse.
We’re now looking for proposals to host the 2019 Zine Librarians unConference! Find the proposal submission form here: https://goo.gl/forms/RdJKOqJpuvZVKPq62.
Please note the shorter submission period this year: the proposal submission deadline is Friday November 30th.
For more information about hosting ZLuC, explore the websites of previous ZLuCs and view the newly created ZLuC Organizers Toolkit. The ZLuC 2019 site selection committee (Elizabeth Bastyr, Elissah Becknell, Jolie Braun, Violet Fox, and Sharon McKellar) is excited to see your proposal!
The ZLuC Organizers Toolkit is now available! The document is intended to be a living document, so feel free to add or edit information.
The Zine Librarians unConference (ZLuC) is an annual-ish gathering of library/archives workers, zinesters, and anyone who cares about zines in libraries and archives. ZLuC started in 2009 and has moved around the U.S. in order to allow people from a variety of areas to attend.
In order to facilitate the organization of this unconference, a draft of a ZLuC Organizer Toolkit has been created. This document should be useful to people who are interested in hosting ZLuC at their institution. If you’ve attended or organized ZLuC or a similar unconference, please take a look at the draft and add content or let us know what’s missing.
Ingrid, one of the folks who helps run the Salford Zine Library in England, has a great post up about zine librarianship. She discusses issues that come in a zine library and the approaches the volunteer staff take in addressing those issues, which are informed by but can be different than those in traditional libraries.
In this post Ingrid touches on digitization, cataloging, and the broad concern about respecting and seeking out zinesters’ consent in having very personal material available within a public space. Looking forward to reading more of Ingrid’s thoughts as the SZL volunteers thoughtfully contend with these important considerations.
Once again the time is upon us to commemorate International Zine Library Day, observed every July 21st! Read more about the event and figure out a great way to celebrate, whether by visiting your local zine library, donating your zines to a library that collects zines, or sharing your thanks with those who make zine libraries happen. Find a zine library near you using Barnard Zine Library’s worldwide list. Use hashtag #IZM2018 to follow along with all the International Zine Month events.
A heartfelt thank you to all the zine library workers out there who help to make zines accessible to everyone in a myriad of different ways. Please be sure to take time to treat yourself today!
Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the 2018 Zine Librarians unConference! If you attended, please complete this quick 5-question survey to let us know how ZLuC 2019 can be even better.
I’m grateful to the rest of the ZLuC 2018 organizing team (Elissah Becknell, Elizabeth Bastyr, Deborah Boudewyns, Lindsay Keating, and Margit Wilson) as well as the hard working staff and students at our three venues: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, University of Minnesota Libraries, and Hennepin County Libraries.
Thanks to unofficial ZLuC photographer Eric for the glorious group pics.
There’s been such a great response to the 2018 Zine Librarians unConference! To ensure we have enough space (and food) for everyone, we’ll be cutting off registration soon. Please register by end of day Sunday July 8 if you’re planning to attend: http://zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-2018-msp/registration.
If you’ve registered and you’re looking for more info, you’ll find all the info at http://zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-2018-msp.
See you July 12-14 in Minneapolis!
The Washington Post‘s The Lily recently published a 22-page zine in celebration of its first anniversary, and Lily digital editor Ashley Nguyen talked to a number of zine librarians and enthusiasts to talk about what zines mean to them and why libraries collect zines. Zine librarians consulted include:
- Malana Krongelb (Brown University)
- Meg Metcalf (Library of Congress)
- Shannon Keller (New York Public Library)
- Kelly Wooten (Duke University)
- Jenna Freedman (Barnard College)
- Hana Zittel (Denver Zine Library, Denver Public Library)
- Jeremy Brett (Texas A&M University)
Take a moment to check out the article and the great list of some of the contributors’ favorite zines from their libraries’ collections!