ZLuC 2017 dates announced

More details about ZLuC 2017 have been announced: the 2017 Zine Librarians unConference will be held August 4-5 at the Long Beach Public Library in Long Beach, California!

As always, registration for ZLuC is free for everyone. Please visit the wiki site for this year’s ZLuC for more information: http://zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-2017-lgb/ and make sure you’re on the Zine Librarians email list so you don’t miss any pre-conference conversations and announcements.

Information about the ZLuC 2017 travel grant for POC librarians will be forthcoming!

Best Icebreaker Ever zine

Best Icebreaker Ever printable one-page zine

click to download printable pdf

Inspired by Alana and Noah’s “Icebreakers are Awkward” zine, Jamie Glass created a zine for library student worker training—it’s a one-pager and a quick ‘n’ easy way to get to know people! Use and adapt as desired.

Zines for kids

Hands with scissors and markersI love sharing zines with all kinds of audiences, and have been leading zine-making and zine history workshops with campers at Girls Rock NC summer camp for about a decade. One big challenge is finding zines that are appropriate for ages as young as 7-8 through high school. Kids are always eager to point out any “bad” words they find, and can be a tough crowd! I eventually started making my own mini-zines about women musicians since I had a hard time finding things I could share. I am always on the lookout for all-audience zines, and over the past few years other folks have asked about these as well.

What does “kid friendly” mean? Think about G-rated movies, and if in doubt, err on the side of caution. No bad language–and be liberal (or is that conservative?) with what might be “bad.” No naked pictures or sexual content beyond hugs and (chaste) kisses. Keep it to topics kids can understand or relate to– some of the science zines are fine content-wise, but are they about insects or particle physics? (Not that 2nd graders aren’t into physics, but you know what I mean.)

Kid-friendly zines that are free to download or cheap to buy: pile of zines

Tips for finding or making your own kid-friendly zines:

  • If you want to make multiple copies of any zines you purchase, ask the creator. I have found that many people are open to this since they often want to share the love of zines. Or ask if you can pay extra when you purchase and then make copies. Keep it ethical!
  • Try searching Etsy.com for “your mellow and innocent topic” plus “zine” and see what comes up. Sometimes “girl” + “zine” = zines that are perfect for Girls Rock camp, and sometimes it doesn’t. DIY zine is another good search to try. I always end up spending a few bucks on things for myself, so be warned!
  • Sometimes I go ahead and buy zines when I’m not sure if they are G-rated. I can afford to just keep the DIY zines with gratuitous swears or inappropriate crafts, but if you’re in doubt and don’t want to risk it, just message the seller.

Please add any other suggestions to the comments!

ZLUC 2016 in Boston

The Zine Librarians unConference (ZLuC) is coming up quickly! This year it’s taking place Friday July 29-Saturday July 30th at Simmons College in Boston. Registration is free, so if you’re near Boston and want to sign up for what has lovingly been described as “nerd summer camp,” [coughMilocough] please join us. Registration and a preliminary schedule can be found at http://zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-2016-bos/

This is an unconference, so we’ll finalize the topics when we arrive Friday morning, but if you have ideas for what might be worthwhile topics to talk about, add them to the list here: http://zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-2016-bos/workshops/

If you need a login (or a reset password) to this website, just contact Violet (violetfox [at] gmail [dot] com) or Jenna (jfreedma [at] barnard [dot] edu).

Zine Pavilion at ALA Annual 2016

There will be a few zine librarian-related events at ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando, June 23-28—if you’ll be at #alaac16, please stop by the Zine Pavilion or join us for the special events planned.

The Zine Pavilion will be celebrating its fifth anniversary! It will be at booth 751 in the exhibit hall (in the West Concourse, Level 2). There will be tablers from near and far, lots of supplies to help make a page for our collaborative zine, and a raffle where library workers can win a starter zine collection! Events include:

Please share the word about the Zine Pavilion on Tumblr and Twitter using #ZinePavilion.

Code of Ethics 11/15 – Web Version

When this was published in November 2015 we neglected to put up the web version, so here it is. Please see this entry for printable versions.


Zine Librarians Code of Ethics
Zine Librarians Interest Group, October 2015

This document is emerging from years of challenging and joyous conversations about the work we do with zines. As caretakers of these materials, in our
roles as librarians and archivists – independent, public and academic alike – we believe in a set of core values that inform and guide our work. We
disseminate those values here in order to communicate openly and build trust.

This document aims to support you in asking questions, rather than to provide definitive answers. Guidelines may not apply uniformly to every situation,
but include discussion of disputed points. This gives zine librarians and archivists ideas of what has been challenging in the past and how other zine
custodians have dealt with those issues. These points can guide conversations with users, institutions, authors, donors, and communities — including other
zine librarians and archivists.

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Favorite copyright/fair use statements in zines


I’m posting this to the zine libraries site because I want people to contribute to it, but I should also put out there that the front matter is not necessarily representative of all zine librarians everywhere, zine librarians who add their favorite intellectual property claims and disclaims from zines, or even of myself tomorrow. That said, here goes:

Unless they say otherwise, zines are protected by copyright. You can’t digitize first and ask questions later. A bunch of zines are orphan works, meaning the creators are impossible to find. You still have to try. I won’t say anything more about digitization because Kelly Wooten already said it all, in 2009. Anyway, zine digitization isn’t the point of this; it just can’t be avoided when you’re talking about copyright. In this case, I’m merely wanting to celebrate cute and clever statements zine librarians have found in zines.

  • “Copylefted because everyone owns words and I trust people to give credit”
    Libel #18: The Europe Poems by Jenna DeLorey, 1998? (postmark
  • “Reproducing/reprinting all or any part of this zine without prior consent will be considered utterly disrespectful and generally uncool.”
    Aqsa Zine #4 Ancestors + Descendents
  • “All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, by any means, including mechanical, electric, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher. unless its something you’re just doing because you love it and not for any commercial gain. then you can use a little part. you can always write me if you have questions. plus I’d love to know what you are doing!”
    Cindy Crabb. The Encyclopedia of Doris: Stories, Essays and Interviews. Doris Press. 2011.
  • “Anti-copyright: Going Homo may be reprinted at will for non-profit purposes, except in the case of individual articles, grafix, and other contributions copy-righted by their creators or previous publishers. It would be nice, tho, if you mentioned you found it in Going Homo.” Going Homo #3
  • “permission for reprinting with proper credit  given is happily granted as long is it’s not for jive-ass corporate greed bullshit.  if you have to ask about that part, you probably are. go to hell.” Gumption no. 3. 1995?
  • “All material herein Is owned by Its respective creators. So don’t steal — ask
    politely. And remember to always give credit where credit Is due.”
    Queer Nasty #5.
  • “No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission by Julia. You may, however, attempt to persuade/woo her with cookies, beer, or high school handjobs.”
    Julia Wertz. The Fart Party #1, 2006.
  • “No part of this zine may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, by any means, including mechanical, electric, recording or otherwise without the prior permission from its creator. Unless you’re just printing it for funzies & not for commercial gain. \_("/)_/
    (ascii art reproduced as best I could)
    Infinity Dots. Take Two: Escape from the Bayou, 2016.
  • Copyrights are silly, and we can’t keep you from stealing our shit, but maybe please don’t?
    Brook and Felicia, The Most Important Zine of the Day, 2014
  • Published by Mutya Inc.©.  And if you even dare copy the stuff in this issue for your own purposes and say it came from your own lips, be prepared to stay home a lot, lest I sick my headhunters on you!
  • Sabrina. Bamboo Girl #1. 1995.

Please add yours, either right in the post, or in the comments.