On August 29, after the closing session of the 2019 IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) conference in Athens, Greece, I visited the Athens Zine Bibliotheque. A project by architect Panayiota Theofilatou and graphic designer Tassos Papaioannou, the library was founded in November 2014 and contains more than 300 zines from around the world.
Subject strengths of the collection include photography, art, illustration, design, architecture, and literature/poetry. Theofilatou and Papaioannou have traveled with zines from the collection around Greece and to neighboring countries, and have contributed to exhibitions of photo zines.
If you’d like your zine to be a part of the Athens Zine Bibliotheque, send it via airmail to:
Athens Zine Bibliotheque
attn: Panayiota Theofilatou & Tassos Papaioannou
26 Kariatidon str.
174 55 Alimos, Greece
(Please note that their physical address is different than their mailing address!)
The 2020 Zine Librarians unConference will be held August 21 & 22, 2020 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. This’ll be the first time ZLuC will be in Canada!!
If you would like to help be a part of making ZLuC happen (whether you’re in the Montréal area or not), get in touch with Christine via the Zine Librarians Yahoo email list.
Delighted to report that there will be another Zine Librarians unConference in 2019: planning has started for an event on Monday October 28, at the Olympia Timberland Library in Olympia, Washington. This unconference will opportunistically follow this year’s Olympia Zine Fest, which is taking place October 25-27.
A wiki has been started: http://zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-olympia/
Contact Kelsey via the Zine Librarians Yahoo email list if you’d like to help organize ZLuC 2019 in Olympia!
Chicago librarian Alenka Figa has started a new series on online journal Women Write About Comics which “will explore how librarians use zines in both public and academic institutions, and how these organizations serve marginalized communities.” First up in the series: Our Queer Older Siblings Will Guide Us: An Interview with the Queer Zine Archive Project. Alenka talks with QZAP co-founder Milo Miller about the the archive’s beginnings, the historical canon of queer zines, and challenges faced in digitizing zines and maintaining the archive.
Zine librarian Matthew Murray was featured as one of the co-organizers of this year’s Zine Pavilion on episode 26 of the HiJinx podcast, produced by the Howard County Public Library (Maryland). The podcast was recorded entirely at the American Library Association conference in DC in June, and Matthew talks about zines and zine culture, discusses the differences between zines and blogs, and shares his thoughts on the value of the zine community. Matthew is featured from minute 2:35 through 10:18; take a listen!
Over on Ye Olde Yahoo email list, librarian Mimosa Shah recently shared a collaborative zine (created by Jason Alderman, Elizabeth Bouton, Rachel Ropeik, Mimosa Shah, and Beck Tench) created for MCN 2018 (the annual conference of the Museum Computer Network). It’s titled DIYempathiZINE and consists of empathy building activities to use in a library or museum. Check out the free pdf and print off a copy to use in your institution!
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Headed to the American Library Association conference in Washington DC? Please plan on joining us at the Zine Pavilion! Find us at booth 2947 on the exhibit hall floor. Check out our extensive list of events here. We’ll have over 30 zinesters from the DC area and beyond: find zinester profiles at the Zine Pavilion Tumblr and keep up with our shenanigans at the @ZinePavilion Twitter account!
Get ready for International Zine Month 2019! Every year, zinester Alex Wrekk (founder of IZM and author of Stolen Sharpie Revolution) creates a flyer that highlights zine-related activities to do each day in July. July 21 is Zine Library Day, traditionally observed by visiting your nearest zine library/archive and by purchasing pastries for your favorite zine librarian.
Check out this year’s flyer, available for download, and use the hashtag #IZM2019 to share your celebrations!
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In a May 6th article in Programming Librarian, San Diego County Library librarian Laura Mendez discusses a zine workshop held during the library’s art festival: read all about it at “Zine Machine: A DIY Magazine Primer“. Check out the workshop program model and Laura’s slideshow seminar on “Teen Zines: Unleashing Creativity” and get inspired to create your own program!
Registration for the 2019 Zine Librarians unConference is now open! You can sign up here: https://forms.gle/LWkFC1VNKYRQ91T46.
ZLuC 2019 is taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah from July 19-20, 2019. As always, ZLuC is free to attend and all are welcome! For more information about the event, check out the ZLuC page and be sure to be a part of the conversation on the Zine Librarians Yahoo email list.