If you’re in the Denver area or headed to Denver for ALA Midwinter 2018, please join in a tour of the Denver Zine Library on Saturday February 10th! We’ll be meeting at the Colorado Convention Center at 4:30 pm, and the tour will be from 5-6 pm.
The site selection committee for the Zine Librarians unConference has selected the location for ZLuC 2018: Minneapolis, Minnesota! The proposal was hosted by a number of Minnesota libraries: the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Hennepin County Library, and the Minneapolis Community & Technical College. These libraries, plus others in the metro area, all have zine collections of varying sizes, and the Twin Cities is well-known for its support of literary and artistic creators. ZLuC 2018 will be jam packed with zine library goodness!
A date will be announced soon so travel plans can commence. Thanks to the ZLuC site selection committee (Ziba Zehdar-Gazdecki, Poliana Irizarry, Chlöe Van Stralendorff, Agatha Burstein, Marya Errin Jones, Liz Chenevey, & Katie Ross) for their deliberations.
The fourth episode of Read and Distribute, the zine-related podcast run by Canada’s Broken Pencil magazine, featured Marta Chudolinska, Learning Zone Librarian at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Listen to hear more about Marta’s work in maintaining the OCAD zine library, along with members of the student organization OCAD U Zine Collective. The zine library recently celebrated their tenth anniversary!
The Zine Librarians UnConference has been held in Seattle, Portland, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Iowa City, Durham, Austin, Boston, Southern California and now … your town??
If you’re interested in hosting ZLuC 2018, throw your hat in the ring! Info about what would make a good ZLuC site can be found within the host site submission form. Submissions are due Friday December 1 2017.
Our fellow zine librarians across the pond, UK and Ireland Zine Librarians (website, Facebook, Twitter), have a great guest post up from one of the founders of the newly formed Edinburgh Zine Library. Lindsay talks about reaching out to the public library in Edinburgh to start a collection and some of the challenges their collective encountered along the way. It’s well worth a read for those who are starting (or growing) zine collections of their own! Check it out at https://uizl.wordpress.com/2017/10/30/edinburgh-zine-library-opening/.
Looking for info about the Zine Librarians unConference, happening in Long Beach CA August 4-5? Find all the details on the wiki: http://zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-2017-lgb/
Perhaps you’re aware that July is International Zine Month, but did you know that July 21st of every year is International Zine Library Day?? It’s true! A day just to celebrate zine libraries of all shapes and sizes as well as those who keep them running. You can find a brief FAQ and some simple celebratory images on this very site.
A long-standing tradition has been to bring your favorite zine librarian a treat: vegan donuts are a particular favorite, but treats of any kind are welcome. If you’re a zine librarian—treat yourself!! Be sure to share your celebrations with the hashtag #IZM2017.
Thanks to Stolen Sharpie Revolution for making IZM a time to share the zine love.
Delighted to have the Zine Librarians Code of Ethics featured on episode 8 of Print Fold Staple! Print Fold Staple is a podcast about zine culture with Bruce Otter & Melissa Black, brought to you by the Denver Zine Library. Zine librarians Kelly Wooten (Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University) & Kelly Shortandqueer (Denver Zine Library) talk about privacy, preservation, accessibility, organization, and other joys and challenges of zine librarianship.
Work on the Zine Librarians Code of Ethics began at the 2014 Zine Librarians unConference held in Durham, North Carolina and was released in late 2015. We’ve gotten great feedback about it, but the ZLCoE was intended to be a living document, and we’re always looking for more input. If you have thoughts about the code, we’d like to hear what you have to say! Did we get something wrong? Are there things we didn’t address that we should have? Please leave a comment on this post or chime in on the Zine Librarians email list so we can ensure that the next version of the Code of Ethics is even better!
The Zine Pavilion will be back at the ALA (American Library Association) annual conference June 23-26th! This year the conference is in Chicago at McCormick Place convention center. If you’re a librarian attending ALA, please stop by the exhibit hall booth 1838 to say hello, browse our zines, and talk about getting zines into your library!
Our hours are the same as the exhibit hall:
Friday June 23, 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Saturday June 24, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday June 25, 9 am – 5 pm
Monday June 26, 9 am – 2 pm
And we’ve got lots of events planned (UPDATED LIST as of June 11):
We haven’t frequently highlighted scholarship about zine librarianship on this site, but when I read Ann Matsushima Chiu‘s chapter on “Engaging the Future of Zine Librarianship” in Librarians with Spines (Los Angeles : HINCHAS Press, 2017), I wanted to recommend it to other zine librarians. Chiu writes from her own experience as well as interviews with two experienced zine librarians, Cathy Camper (Multnomah County Public Library) and Jenna Freedman (Barnard College). The chapter moves beyond discussing how to establish zine collections within libraries, and focuses on the need for creating sustainable collections. Topics include the importance of institutional buy-in from the library as a whole, strategic and effective succession planning, and building communities through zine networks (including shout outs to the Zine Librarian email list, the Zine Pavilion, and the Zine Librarian unConference!).
I’d highly recommend this chapter as a prompt for thinking about establishing zine collections which are not just one librarian’s pet project, but instead are seen as integral parts of building more holistic library collections.