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!
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!
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.
London-based zine librarian Holly Casio writes about being a resident at Asia Art Archive, and shares thoughts on the ethics of zine librarianship as performed by large organizations flirting with DIY culture. Holly also talks about being inspired by artists and activists authentically engaging with libraries and archives.
Cristen and Caroline share their thoughts on having a zine collection at a library: “That was an inspiring thing about being at the library and being surrounded by what basically looked like pieces of copier stapled together, but being in a ‘real library’ and around the corner from literally the classics, Jenna’s telling the world by having this collection that these zines are just as valuable as all those other books and all those other ways of knowing.”
We’re now accepting monetary donations for the travel grant to support the attendance of People of Color at this year’s Zine Librarians unConference, happening in Salt Lake City, Friday July 19th and Saturday July 20th. You can send funds via PayPal to juliahuddleston [at] gmail, or email for alternate arrangements. The “donate” button on the sidebar of this site will also send donations to the correct account.
This year’s ZLuC POC travel grant selection committee is Joshua Barton, Christina Benson, Jolie Braun, Rose Chou, and Juli Huddleston. Stay tuned for the application form!