The following articles were authored by jenna

Announcing PGH-ZLUC scholarship

Zine librarians are pooling their money to offer a scholarship to this summer’s Zine Librarians Unconference in Pittsburgh on July 28th & 20th. The scholarship is meant to help someone from an underrepresented group attend the unconference and currently stands at $150 $170 $190 $210.

Applicants should send a short summary of their interest and qualifications to zines@barnard.edu by July 1st. Notifications will be sent out by July 7th.

If you want to contribute to the scholarship fund, please write to the same address.

MKE ZLUC happened

Check out the notes from the Zine Librarians Unconference held in Milwaukee earlier this month. Go to the schedule page to see what was discussed and to read any notes posted.

Two highlights

Orderly Disorder: Librarian Zinesters in Circulation Tour, Summer 2011

Announcing a librarian zinester summer tour, making its way from the American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans to Milwaukee’s Zine Librarians (un)Conference.

Projected stops and dates:

New Orleans, LA – June 26
Atlanta, GA – June 28
Murfreesboro, TN – June 29
Pittsburgh, PA – July 1
Cleveland, OH – July 3
Toronto, ONT – July 4
Detroit, MI – July 5
Chicago, IL – July 6
Milwaukee, WI – July 7

We haven’t really started contacting people in our host cities, so this whole schedule could blow up at any time!

Core participants are Jenna Freedman, Celia Perez, Debbie Rasmussen (and her Zine Mobile), Jami Sailor, and John Stevens (from Australia). We’ll pick up other library worker zine makers along the way!

Zine Librarians Zine Reading at Quimby’s

During the Midwest Archives Conference, library workers and students Celia Perez, Jami Thompson, Jenna Freedman, and Nell Taylor will read from their zines at Quimby’s Bookstore in Chicago: Friday, April 23, 2010 at 7pm.

Email Celia for more info or RSVP on Facebook if you want to.

Fan Magazines vs. Fanzines: letter to LC from Jenna Freedman

This letter was sent to Barbara Tillett, Thompson Yee, and policy@loc.gov on October 10, 2009

To Whom It May Concern at the Library of Congress:

I want to ask you to reconsider your decision to absorb FANZINES into the new FAN MAGAZINES subject heading. I believe the two publication types are so different that even connecting them with a Related Term would be erroneous. Perhaps the defining characteristic of FANZINES is that they are self-publications that stem from subculture movements, primarily punk rock in their current incarnation, and science fiction in the 1930s. FAN MAGAZINES are commercial and mainstream, catering to celebrity culture.

Sources:

  • Wikipedia (Wikipedia is cited in the FAN MAGAZINES authority record, so I feel it is not inapropriate to use it here, as well.)
    “The term fanzine is sometimes confused with ‘fan magazine‘, but the latter term most often refers to commercially-produced publications.”
  • Merriam Webster
    “a magazine written by and for fans <a sci-fi fanzine><a punk rocker with her own fanzine>”
    No result for “fan magazine” search
  • Googlefight
    Fanzines results in a Google search: 319000 vs. “fan magazines” results: 3940
  • Anthony Slide’s website
    I am unable to review the work that inspired the change, but judging from the author’s website (presuming I have identified the correct author, which I am fairly confident that I have), his writing is entirely related to film fandom, not at all to science fiction or punk, which are the primary subjects of FANZINES.
  • Bowling Green State University Fanzines page
    “Fanzines (or zines) are magazines published by individuals or groups of individuals who have a particular subject interest or who just want to express their own ideas to the public. These are generally self-published magazines, usually issued with less than 2,000 copies, and typically have irregular publication times (i.e. not monthly or quarterly, etc.). Although most zines are pubished independently, some zines may be published similarly to standard library periodicals, including publication information, reviews, editorials, and regular numbering sequences. However, the typical zine is usually stapled together, sometimes folded and in small print, may have strings holding it together, or any other means of collating.”
  • University of California at Riverside Fanzines page
    Zero references to film or movie fan magazines.
  • Whatcha Mean What’s a Zine, The Book of Zines excerpt
    “Zines (pronounced ‘zeens,’ from fanzines) are cut-and-paste, ‘sorry this is late,’ self-published magazines reproduced at Kinko’s or on the sly at work and distributed through mail order and word of mouth. They touch on sex, music, politics, television, movies, work, food, whatever. They’re Tinkertoys for malcontents. They’re obsessed with obsession. They’re extraordinary and ordinary. They’re about strangeness but since it’s usually happening somewhere else you’re kind of relieved. You can get to know people pretty well through their zines, which are always more personal and idiosyncratic than glossy magazines because glossies and the celebrities they worship are so busy being well known.”
    [You'll note that this definition does reference movies, but the essence of the definition is the self-published, obsessive nature of the works.]

    Also, from the author’s Master’s Thesis:
    As Fredric Wertham points out in his book “The World of Fanzines.” The word fanzine was originally an in-group slang expression used loosely and interchangeably with ‘fan-mag,’ that is fan magazine.”
    This signification of “fan magazine” differentiated the publications produced by fans from the “professional newsstand magazines” such as Amazing Stories and Weird Tales, which were referred to as “prozines”professional magazines. Fanzines were widely devoted to discussion of science-fiction and fantasy literature, and featured articles, cartoons, and fiction related to the subject, all produced by the fans themselves. In her introduction to “Some Zines,” Cari Goldberg-Janice writes that the fanzines united far-flung fans to write about “the subject they loved to talk about the mostscience fiction.”

I hope you’ll agree with me that the self-published/underground nature of FANZINES vs. the corporate/celebrity focus of FAN MAGAZINES is an essential difference. I know that the scholars that use the Zine Collection at Barnard College and other zine libraries will be poorly served by this change.

FANZINES would be better placed as a narrower term for ZINES, with other narrower terms for ZINES such as:
ART ZINES
COMPILATION ZINES (UF COMP ZINES)
DIY ZINES (UF COOK ZINES)
LITERARY ZINES (UF LIT ZINES)
MAMAZINES
MINICOMICS (UF MINI-COMICS)
PERZINES (UF PERSONAL ZINES)
POLITICAL ZINES
I give examples of each of these on the Barnard Library Zine Collection website.

It would be helpful if the terms were also usable as genre headings.

I invite you when making any future changes to FANZINES and ZINES headings to consult the Zine Librarians discussion list. Contributors give matters related to zine librarianship great thoughtfulness and expertise. We are very happy that the Library of Congress has established headings useful to our work. It is an exciting time as this specialty grows and we develop standard practices for cataloging it.

Thank you!

Jenna


Jenna Freedman, MLIS
Coordinator of Reference Services and Zine Librarian
Barnard College Library
212.854.4615
AIM, Google Talk & Yahoo: BarnardLibJenna

not a zine

I was disappointed that we didn’t get around to discussing this at the collection develpment session at the Zine Librarians (un)Conference: what are the factors that help you determine that a publication is not a zine?

Of course there are zines that meet one or more of the following criteria, but this list is a place to start. Please add yours in the comments.

  • has an ISBN or ISSN
  • has a masthead
  • not self-distributed
  • has a third person bio
  • not self-published (!)
  • motivated by desire for fame or fortune
  • makes a distinct profit
  • price ends in .95
  • has a spine
  • has any paid staff
  • reads like the author is auditioning for a book deal

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ZineLibCon

Laura posted a query to the zinelibrarians list about if folks would be interested in having a zine librarians gathering, perhaps as part of the Madison Zine Fest in October.

I’m curious who all would be willing and able to attend such an event in Madison, and also what other cities and times would be possible for a Zine Librarians Conference or Unconference. And also who would be willing and able to help organize such a thing.

Please respond in the comments or write to me (Jenna) directly zines @ barnard dot exx (not really xes).

To be clear, what we’re soliciting comments on are:

  • Would you like to attend a zine librarians con/uncon?
  • If location is an issue, which locations are good for you?
  • Do you have a preference for specific dates or the general time of year?
  • Would you help organize the event?

Though feel free to say whatever you want!

Zines for Teens

This question comes up routinely on the ZineLibrarians list, and yet I’ve never seen a nice list.

If others will provide the titles (and annotations would be nice, too!) , I’ll be responsible for posting them here. Suggest something in the comments or email them to me.

I don’t work with pre-college teens and so don’t have a good sense of what is appropriate/will fly, but I’m suggesting a few zines anyway, just to get the list started.

  • 12 items or less : a grocery shopping zine edited by A.J. Michel
  • Adorn, by Bree Friend. The last issue I’ve seen is from 2006, and Bree is 22 and separated or divorced. Teens like to read about folks slightly older than themselves, right? Bree’s zines are very visual, and I gotta say cute. heartlikefoil@ hotmail
  • After School Special by Nia King
  • Art Freak by Carol Parks
  • Bad Grades by Carla Marie Yacenda
  • Beards? Beards!: and other matters pertaining to facial hair by Ingrid
  • Best Zine Ever edited by Greg Means. Zine reviews, many written by librarians.
  • Call & response by Gianni Simone
  • Caboose, #4 Ridiculous Issue by Liz Mason
  • Caesar by Jeff Sharp
  • Clutch by Clutch McBastard. Daily minicomic by a librarian. I don’t recall the language getting much worse than the author’s nom de plume.
  • Controller by Robin Enrico
  • Danger! Hole, by high school student Lucy in the Sky. Bravely feminist, riot grrrl oriented zine, with different themes each issue. grrrlriots8me @ hotmail
  • Diary of a mosquito abatement man by John Porcellino.
  • Do you work here? by Nathalie Wilson.
  • Dont go where I cant follow by Anders Nilsen with Cheryl Weaver.(Actually a book we have as a zine)
  • Doris 15: antidepression guide by Cindy Crabb.
  • Dropping out (for students), by Cavegirl is available for download from Crimethinc, and it’s just what it sounds like. It discusses dropping out of high school and how to get by. It’s about one person who couldn’t tolerate school, but it’s not especially disrespectful.
  • The Dvorak zine : changing the world one keyboard at a time by Alec Longstreth
  • The East Village Inky by Ayun Halliday. Handwritten and illustrated mamazine by a Brooklyn mom with two young kids and a Tony award winning spouse.
  • Empower : a young mama’s guide to taking control, by Allison Crews. This is the kind of stuff that is actually useful to a pregnant or parenting teen, because the people that wrote the articles have been there. allison @ girlmom .com (not sure if the link is still good. The copyright statement encourages copying and distribution, so write me if you want a copy.
  • Extranjero, # 5 : tales of life and travel by a big, dumb Yank & his Spanish wife by Kris and Lola.
  • The Fall by Stephanie Wu
  • Figure 8, by Krissy Durden. One of the best zines out there on fat acceptance and debunking bullshit about health risks and other issues. ponyboypress @ yahoo
  • First semester : chronicles of the classroom by Jeff Sharp
  • Flummery by Jeff Sharp
  • The Future Generation by China Martens. Anti-authoritarian parenting zine.
  • Girls are not chicks coloring book, and anything else by Jacinta Bunnell. These are great feminist, genderfucking zines and coloring books (that don’t use naughty words like genderfucking).
  • Glossolalia, by Sarah Contrary. Sarah is a mad bike enthusiast from PDX who does all these macho solo bike trips around the US and Europe, which is very inspirational. She’s also an excellent writer and artist, in her 20s. She writes about feminism and sex discrimination in a way that I hope teens will take to. enormajean @ hotmail
  • Gschwandtner, Design by A. Lucille Shanik.
  • Guardians of the Kingdom by Tom Gauld
  • Hello, my name is : a zine about how people got their names by Cristina Montejo.
  • Here it is by Erin Tobey
  • Hey 4-Eyes edited by Robyn Chapman
  • Hunter & painter by Tom Gauld
  • In a Lonely place by Jeff Sharp
  • In which I think about drowning by Josie Whitmore
  • Infandum, #2 by Molly Lawless
  • Invincible Summer by Nicole Georges. Minicomics by queer, vegan, zine workshop leader, band member, animal lover, etc.
  • King-cat Comics by John Porcellino
  • Knit Knit edited by Luren Jenison, Concept by Sabrina
  • Kyle Bravos punk rock guide to saving money, fighting capitalism, & having fun while youre at it by Kyle Bravo
  • La Primavera by Alexis Frederick-Frost. Actually a graphic novel, rather than a zine?
  • Ladyfriend : for ladies and all their friends, by Christa. Each issue has a different theme. Check the website and decide for yourself how teen friendly you think they’ll be.
  • A late freeze by Danica Novgorodoff (an awesome comic but has a drawing of a bear giving birth – just FYI in case your community says NO! to bear genitalia)
  • Laundry basket, April 2002 : tales of washday woe : come clean with us and let us dye for you.
  • Long tail kitty : outer space by Lark Pien.
  • Lower East Side librarian winter solstice shout out by Jenna Freedman. Personal zine by NYC librarian. Book and zine reviews, journal entries essays about jobs, activism, and in recent issues, married life.
  • Leeking Ink by Davida Gypsy Breier. Personal zine by now 30something zine mainstay.
  • List, by Ramsey Beyer. Her zines are comprised of her own lists, as well as those contributed by others or that she just finds in the street. Ramsey is a straightedge vegan punk art student, who doesn’t have a potty mouth. The illustrations are great and the list style makes it super accessible. ramseybeyer @ gmail
  • Make something an anthology of Portland zinesters edited by Greig Means.
  • Maria of Montmartre by Alexis Frederick-Frost.
  • The monkey & the crab by Sara Edward-Corbett and Shawn Cheng
  • The most romantic wedding in human history by Christoph Meyer
  • My brain hurts by Liz Baillie
  • On being jealous of invertabrates, volumes 1 and 3 by Jess S. One cel minicomics. Adorable.
  • On subbing : the first four years by Dave. About being a substitute teacher’s assistant working with special needs kids. PDX punk rock vegan straightedge.
  • Ouija interviews by Sarah Becan. (very dark but not worse than a lot of YA fiction)
  • Out of water / by Matthew Bernier
  • Peko peko, #1, winter 2001 : a zine about food
  • Personal charm : a collection of comics by zine queen Missy Kulik ; edited by Jordan Weeks
  • Phase 7 by Alec Longstreth
  • Platform : notes from the underground by Elizabeth Genco
  • Potluck, April 2004 : a cooking compilation A.J. Michel
  • Positive consumption Jenny Ferretti
  • Regina Rich middle school detective, issue #1 : the missing money!
  • Scars Alex Longstreth
  • Scout, #6 : food and cooking issue
  • Scratch, queer youth peer education. Issues 4 and 5 available for download via QZAP.
  • Scrappy, #1 : a crafty zine for scrappy people / Niku
  • Secret mystery love shoes, #3 Androo Robinson and Maria Goodman
  • Shut eye by Sarah Becan, based on a story by David Becan
  • Sidewalk bump 1 and 2 ed by Dan Moynihan
  • Simple Routines by JP Coovert
  • Skate tough you little girls by Celia C. Perez is a fanzine about women’s skateboarding. Should be accessible to all teen readers. perezeeb @ yahoo
  • Slave to the needles
  • Squarecat comics, vol. 1 / by Jennifer Omand.
  • Stolen sharpie revolution : a diy zine resource ed Alex Wrekk. Pretty much the go to guide for zine making and zine community and resources info.
  • A strange day Damon Hurd & Tatiana Gill.
  • Sugar Needle by Corina Fastwolf and Icona Phlox. An adorable hand colored in short fanzine about candy. Distro’d by Microcosm.
  • Support. This is a zine about supporting people who have been sexually abusedIntro. Edited by Cindy of Doris zine fame.
  • Sweet treats, #1, September, 2004 : a collection of vegan desserts
  • Time enough at last : a reading log, by A.J. Michel. Book recommendations from prolific zine publisher and MLS holder.
  • The true heart Hilary Florido.
  • True swamp : underwoods and overtime [written and drawn by Jon Lewis].
  • Turtle, keep it steady by Joseph Lambert
  • The waiting sun : a happy town tale words and pictures by Justin Madson
  • Walk to work by Jason Turner
  • What did you buy today?? : daily drawings of purchases, May 2006 Kate Bingaman
  • Wive’s Tales, by Britton. Women’s health, reproduction, STDs, all that good stuff (including some things that might get you in trouble but really really should be available to young women). This zine has been widely reproduced, so shouldn’t be too hard to find.
  • Xerography Debt ed by Davida Gypsy Breier. Zine review zine.
  • Zine World edited by Jerianne. Zine review zine with extra zine scene content.

That’s all I’ve got for now, but will resume going through the Barnard catalog when I can keep my eyes open. posted by Jenna 2/14/2008

Integrated Milo and Miriam’s suggestions 2/15/2008.

Zine Librarians Meet-up at ALA Midwinter 2008

Saturday, January 12 at 11am

Meet at the registration area in the Philadelphia Convention Center

Look for me and my bluish hair (this is what I look like {when someone else has done my hair and make-up} http://flickr.com/photos/jennafreedman/377515017).

Jenna