We are preparing for the International Zine Librarians (un) Conference, to be held online October 30-November 2, 2020 (start and end dates vary by timezone!)
Screen cap of zine librarian on Zoom
On Saturday 19th September, 22.00 – 22.30 UTC we held a meeting of representatives from all the different spokes (working groups) working on organising IZL(u)C. The meeting was facilitated by Lilith, notes were taken by Kelly M. In attendance were Ziba and Milo (Outreach and Promotion), Matthew (Technology), Kelly S, Kelsey and Ella (Programming), Kelly M and Lilith (Co-ordinating)
We are preparing for the International Zine Librarians (un) Conference, to be held on the internet October 31-November 2, 2020. (may vary by timezone)
We held a meeting on Saturday, September 5 from 22:00-23:30 UTC. The meeting was facilitated by Jenna, notes were taken by Kelly S., and in attendance were Ziba, Milo, and April representing Outreach and Promotion, Matthew for Technology, Jenna with the Coordinating working group, Kelly S. for Social, and Rhonda, as yet unaffiliated. Not represented: Programming and Documentation. Continue reading
During International Zine Month 2020, zine librarians will host an online, international event, following by a longer, more intensive zine librarians shindig later in 2020. We would like to set some guidelines (code of conduct, safer/braver spaces policy, open to other ways to identify these guidelines). The coordination working group will propose something to the rest of the organizers, based on the most useful elements from other codes/policies/guidelines.
We invite you to share your favorites here in the comments. You do not need an account to comment.
Alex Zamora, who runs the @fanzines accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, also maintains a lists of zine fests around the world. As of January 1, 2020, there are 52 events listed in 17 countries on 5 continents!
Tweet events @FANZINES or post them on Facebook.
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.
- c. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Dead Inside #1. 2016
- Share it. Copy it. Paste it. Cut it. Destroy it. Remake it.
Do whatever the fuck you want. Don’t do it for cash. Credit me. Tell me about it.
Gravestones/Church Signs by Moose Lane. 2016ish.
- if you steal this i’ll seriously kill you.
Scrappy J.: A Story About Fighting by Cassie J. Sneider, 2008.
- @narchopyright – steal and give credit
No State Solution by rozele, 2003
- (sloppyright) Lol rights reserved. Any part of this zine: do whatever without prior permission.
Undoing Sex: Against Sexual Optimism by Mynwych Hyrryr, July 2012.
- Copyrights are for little boy businessmen. “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.”
No Apology #1 by Heidi. Early 1990s?
- All errors © Norman Shamas
the zine also contains a CC license, which apparently applies only to non-errata
A Brief Introduction to Fosta-Sesta by Norman, October 2018.
- Feel free to swipe whatever you want from here, with polite attribution, of course. Or make a hundred copies and leave them in the waiting room at your doctor/midwives’ office.
Self Defense for Pregnant Ladies by Kelly Wooten, 2012.
Please add yours, either right in the post, or in the comments.
Multiple groups of zine librarians are developing a codes of ethic (name might change) and want feedback from zine creators, zine readers, zine librarians, zine scholars and whoever all else wants to give their input.
REVISIONS for REVIEW
Code of ethics revision – Access (saving it as a G document to see if that will better facilitate collaboration)
Code of ethics revision – Use
Code of ethics revision – Acquisitions (Heidy’s updates at the bottom, still in progress)
Code of ethics draft preamble
Code of ethics draft – Access
Code of ethics draft- Privacy
Code of Ethics Draft: Use
Code of Ethics – Acquisitions
Code of Ethics Draft – Subject Analysis
Please provide your feedback in the comments for each separate page. If that’s burdensome, share feedback some other way! You can email Jenna Freedman if you want. The due date is February 14th at midnight your time. Thanks!
This year two of our regular ZLUC participants won’t be able to make it to the conference in Austin because their former employers are at least a little bit douchey. Let’s see if we can help ’em out! Paypal your donation to email@example.com, Venmo it to leslzine, or mail a check to Jenna Freedman | 203 Rivington St. #3C | NYC, NY 10002.
A straw that led to the one of the zine librarians quitting her job: http://judevachon.tumblr.com/post/117781855023/stop
The other one lost her job (after ten years pre- and post-MLS) when her position was deemed nonessential–“But can you help us with department planning before you go?” Like the other out-of-work librarian, she’d been a creative and proactive employee, founding the zine library, for example.
Donations so far: $360 + dorm room
$50 from a research & instruction librarian in New York
$30 from a zine archivist in Texas
$50 from a zine librarian in New York
$50 from a librarian in North Carolina
$40 from a librarian in Illinois
$40 from two wannabe zine librarians in Arkansas
$50 from a zine librarian in New York’s bonus mother
dorm room fee from an anonymous source
$50 from a zine librarian in Massachusetts
Darlings, a band of zine librarians is working to develop a catalog that would contain information about zines held in multiple libraries–one place you could go and find zines and determine who has them. We want to know what you think about that. To that end, we’ve made two surveys:
one for zine creators, readers and scholars
and one for zine librarians and archivists.
Please fill out one or both, as appropriate to your role(s) in zinedom.
Thank you! Blame/credit for the surveys goes to Madeline Veitch and me, with thanks to people who gave us feedback (MM, LD, ES, SSL, MG, E).
Survey squirrels from Deviant Art
For the third consecutive year, zine librarians & their friends are raising money to subsidize a librarian of color’s participation in the Zine Librarians Unconference. Here is the application form. Applications due June 6, 2014.
This year’s conference will be held at Duke University’s Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture July 18-20.
So far librarians have contributed $215 and $217.25 was raised at the NYC Feminist Zine Fest on March 1st for a total of $487.25. The Sallie Bingham Center will cover the winner’s single dorm room, as well.
Contribute via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. For other options and more info, email email@example.com. (Wherein xx = om)