International Zine Library Day

Once again the time is upon us to commemorate International Zine Library Day, observed every July 21st! Read more about the event and figure out a great way to celebrate, whether by visiting your local zine library, donating your zines to a library that collects zines, or sharing your thanks with those who make zine libraries happen. Find a zine library near you using Barnard Zine Library’s worldwide list. Use hashtag #IZM2018 to follow along with all the International Zine Month events.

A heartfelt thank you to all the zine library workers out there who help to make zines accessible to everyone in a myriad of different ways. Please be sure to take time to treat yourself today!

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ZLuC 2018 is a wrap!

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the 2018 Zine Librarians unConference! If you attended, please complete this quick 5-question survey to let us know how ZLuC 2019 can be even better.

I’m grateful to the rest of the ZLuC 2018 organizing team¬†(Elissah Becknell, Elizabeth Bastyr, Deborah Boudewyns, Lindsay Keating, and Margit Wilson) as well as the hard working staff and students at our three venues: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, University of Minnesota Libraries, and Hennepin County Libraries.

Thanks to unofficial ZLuC photographer Eric for the glorious group pics.

large group photo of people standing on a railing

photo by Eric Goldhagen, click to see within Flickr photostream

large group photo of people standing on a railing

photo by Eric Goldhagen, click to see within Flickr photostream

Register now for ZLuC 2018

There’s been such a great response to the 2018 Zine Librarians unConference! To ensure we have enough space (and food) for everyone, we’ll be cutting off registration soon. Please register by end of day Sunday July 8 if you’re planning to attend: http://zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-2018-msp/registration.

If you’ve registered and you’re looking for more info, you’ll find all the info at http://zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-2018-msp.

See you July 12-14 in Minneapolis!

Zine librarians share faves from their collections

The Washington Post‘s The Lily¬†recently published a 22-page zine in celebration of its first anniversary, and Lily digital editor¬†Ashley Nguyen talked to a number of zine librarians and enthusiasts to talk about what zines mean to them and why libraries collect zines. Zine librarians consulted include:

  • Malana Krongelb (Brown University)
  • Meg Metcalf (Library of Congress)
  • Shannon Keller (New York Public Library)
  • Kelly Wooten (Duke University)
  • Jenna Freedman (Barnard College)
  • Hana Zittel (Denver Zine Library, Denver Public Library)
  • Jeremy Brett (Texas A&M University)

Take a moment to check out the article¬†and the great list of some of the contributors’ favorite zines from their libraries’ collections!

ZLuC 2018 registration open

Registration for ZLuC 2018 registration is now open! Please plan on joining the zine librarian fun in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 12-14. Find registration, housing, schedule details and more at the ZLuC 2018 site: zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-2018-msp.

Huge thanks to Minneapolis artist¬†Jordan Coffer for this year’s poster art! Check out more of her artwork at her website:¬†jcoffer01.wixsite.com/jordancoffer.bright yellow poster with wording in a Minnesota shape spelling "Zine Librarians unConference '18" along with the famous Minneapolis spoon and cherry

Queer library outreach zine

Librarian¬†Kate Kitchens’s most recent zine is “Librarian field notes : a zine on queer outreach ideas, reflection, and a perfect cat named Trout.” She wrote about the zine in ALA’s Intersections blog in January 2018. Kate describes the zine as “a guide for librarians who want to provide services to support their queer patrons but don‚Äôt know where to start or find it too daunting of a task,” as well as “for librarians who are seeking to better understand queer communities and their unique needs.”

You can view the zine online or contact Kate to get a printable version!cover of "Librarian Field Notes" featuring a unicorn chasing a person

Art Libraries Journal issue on zine libraries in the U.K.

Volume 43, Special Issue 2 (April 2018) of Art Libraries Journal is dedicated entirely to zine library collections in the United Kingdom. The issue’s articles include:

Book chapter on the zine librarian community

Each according to their ability : Zine librarians talking about their community,” written by Jude Vachon, Kelly Wooten, Kelly McElroy, and Violet Fox, was published as a chapter in¬†The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship, edited by Karen P. Nicholson and Maura Seale (Library Juice Press, 2018). The chapter is a reflective, informal discussion between the four long-time zine librarians, sharing how theory and practice work together in zine librarianship in ways informed by the human connections and sense of responsibility we feel towards our resources and each other. Topics discussed include the Zine Librarians Code of Ethics, zine cataloging, and feminist pedagogy.

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: https://tinyurl.com/ZLuC2018travelgrant. 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.