Interview with Zine Pavilion organizer Matthew Murray

The latest episode of library podcast Circulating Ideas is an interview with Matthew Murray, Visiting Library Fellow at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and one of the long-time organizers of the Zine Pavilion. The first fifteen minutes of the episode are dedicated to discussing zines and zines in libraries. He also shares info about his own zine, Two-Fisted Library Stories! In the rest of the episode Matthew talks about his other pop-culture-inspired interests, including maker projects, comics, and podcasts, as well as the podcast he co-hosts, Book Club for Masochists.

Take some time to learn about all the cool stuff that Matthew makes happen!

ZLuC 2018 POC Travel Grant

Every year, the zine libraries community raises money to help a Person of Color attend the Zine Librarians unConference (ZLuC). This year’s ZLuC will be held July 12-14 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Registration for all attendees is free; this grant is intended to help with associated travel and/or childcare costs.

If you are Black, Indigenous, and/or a POC and would like to apply for the ZLuC 2018 POC Travel Grant, please apply here: Former applicants are encouraged to apply again!

If you’re able to support the ZLuC 2018 POC Travel Grant with funding, please send donations via Paypal to violetfox [at the] gmail [dot] com. There’s also a Paypal donation button on the sidebar of this site. If you’d prefer to contribute without using Paypal, please email the address above and we’ll figure out an alternate method.

If you’re not able to donate funds right now, please help by spreading the word!

Applications and donations will be accepted until Sunday March 25 2018. All applicants will be contacted by Wednesday April 11.

Dates of ZLuC 2018

The Zine Librarian unConference planning committee is happy to announce the dates for ZLuC 2018 in Minneapolis: July 12-14We have so much exciting stuff that we couldn’t limit ourselves to two days! 

The plan (so far…):
  • Thursday July 12 (starting around 1 pm-ish?) we’ll have a half day of ZLuC at MCTC (Minneapolis Community and Technical College). MCTC’s library has a huge zine collection and a zine lounge area! A potential field trip that evening will be the Walker Art Center (free on Thursday evenings).
  • Friday July 13 we’ll have a full day of ZLuC at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. The UMN Libraries holds the incredible Marshall Weber Culture Wars Zine Collection. We’ll likely have a mixer that evening.
  • Saturday July 14 we’ll have another half day to wrap up ZLuC at the Hennepin County Library’s beautiful Minneapolis Central Library. HCL is in the process of ramping up their zine collection and will be the host of this year’s Twin Cities Zine Fest in September. We hope to have another social event that evening, perhaps a zine reading.
All three locations are within central Minneapolis and easily accessible by public transit. (Here’s a map!) UMN dorm rooms will be available for reservation starting April 1st, with a cost of $61 per person, per day (tax included) for a private room, and $46 per person, per day (tax included) for a shared room. We’ll also have a limited number of couches/guest rooms to offer.
We know no days/time will work for everyone, but hopefully many people can attend one, two, or all three days of ZLuC 2018. Registration, as always, is free. More details will follow this spring!

Site of ZLuC 2018: Minneapolis!

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.

“Zine Library Love” podcast episode

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!

Opening the Edinburgh Zine Library

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 with scissors and pencils reading: "Edinburgh Zine Library, opening 1 November 2017"

International Zine Library Day

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.

black and white text flyer with title "July is International Zine Month" and suggestions for how to celebrate each day

Ideas to celebrate International Zine Month courtesy Stolen Sharpie Revolution—click to embiggen!