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 https://uizl.wordpress.com/2017/10/30/edinburgh-zine-library-opening/.artwork 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!

Podcast featuring Zine Librarians Code of Ethics

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.

Listen to “Zine Librarian Code of Ethics” on Spreaker.

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!

Zine Pavilion in Chicago June 23-26

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):

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From Zine Pavilion 2015 in San Francisco!

From Zine Pavilion 2015 in San Francisco!

“Engaging the Future of Zine Librarianship”

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.

Ordering information for the Librarians with Spines book: from the publisher. Library info: WorldCat record.

Looking for Chicago-area zinesters

The Zine Pavilion will be held this June 23-26 at McCormick Place in Chicago during the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference. We’re still looking for tablers, so if you’re a Chicago-area zinester please consider joining us—you’ll get a free table and registration to the library conference! For more information, check out the Zine Pavilion page and the sign up form.

cut-and-paste flyer with text reading "Want to share your love for zines with librarians? Table at the American Library Association conference's Zine Pavilion! McCormick Place, Chicago, June 23-26. The Zine Pavilion is like a mini zine fair at a librarian conference. Free tables & admission to the conference! Be an ambassador for zines in libraries!"

ZLuC 2017 POC travel grant

We’re collecting money for a POC travel grant for the 2017 Zine Librarians unConference (ZLuC), happening August 4-5 in Long Beach, California!

If you identify as black, indigenous, or a person of color and are interested in attending ZLuC 2017, please fill out this application form by Sunday April 30th. Registration is free for all attendees–this grant is designed to help with associated travel and/or childcare costs of attending.

If you’d like to donate to the fund, please send funds via PayPal to violetfox at gmail (or use the Paypal donate button on the sidebar). Thank you!

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!