“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!

Best Icebreaker Ever zine

Best Icebreaker Ever printable one-page zine

click to download printable pdf

Inspired by Alana and Noah’s “Icebreakers are Awkward” zine, Jamie Glass created a zine for library student worker training—it’s a one-pager and a quick ‘n’ easy way to get to know people! Use and adapt as desired.

ZLUC 2016 in Boston

The Zine Librarians unConference (ZLuC) is coming up quickly! This year it’s taking place Friday July 29-Saturday July 30th at Simmons College in Boston. Registration is free, so if you’re near Boston and want to sign up for what has lovingly been described as “nerd summer camp,” [coughMilocough] please join us. Registration and a preliminary schedule can be found at http://zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-2016-bos/

This is an unconference, so we’ll finalize the topics when we arrive Friday morning, but if you have ideas for what might be worthwhile topics to talk about, add them to the list here: http://zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-2016-bos/workshops/

If you need a login (or a reset password) to this website, just contact Violet (violetfox [at] gmail [dot] com) or Jenna (jfreedma [at] barnard [dot] edu).

Zine Pavilion at ALA Annual 2016

There will be a few zine librarian-related events at ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando, June 23-28—if you’ll be at #alaac16, please stop by the Zine Pavilion or join us for the special events planned.

The Zine Pavilion will be celebrating its fifth anniversary! It will be at booth 751 in the exhibit hall (in the West Concourse, Level 2). There will be tablers from near and far, lots of supplies to help make a page for our collaborative zine, and a raffle where library workers can win a starter zine collection! Events include:

Please share the word about the Zine Pavilion on Tumblr and Twitter using #ZinePavilion.