Zine libraries featured on Unladylike podcast

Episode 48 of Unladylike podcast (“How to Zine It Yourself”) features the zinesters Isabel Ann Castro and Natasha I Hernandez of St. Sucia Zine, as well as Jenna Freedman of the Barnard Zine Library.

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.”unladyzine graphic for episode 48 of Unladylike podcast

Donate to the 2019 ZLuC POC travel grant

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!

How Zine Libraries Are Highlighting Marginalized Voices

Zines have long been a way for marginalized communities to record their stories and organize. Zine libraries are making sure those histories aren’t forgotten.

How Zine Libraries Are Highlighting Marginalized Voices” is an excellent BuzzFeed article by Rosie Knight features zine librarians Jenna Freedman, Alana LaBeaf, Dawn Wing, zinester Zahra Swanzy, and art historian Marissa Del Toro discussing the power of zines.

Zine Union Catalog: investigations and explorations

Librarians/zine librarians Jenna Freedman and Lauren Kehoe are both working on their
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in Digital Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, and as part of their studies they’ve been able to work on various projects around the Zine Union Catalog. There are thorny metadata issues involved in collocating such disparate metadata as are found in catalogs that describe zines, and their investigations of the problems and potential solutions are getting us closer to the idea of a shared zine catalog. Read more about the project they just wrapped up this semester in their latest blog post: “Doing Things with Novels: Final Project (aka Catalogers as Authors, Metadata as Annotation or how Jenna and Lauren used ZineCat to write a paper using catalog records).” We’re all grateful for the time and effort Lauren and Jenna have given to this effort!

ZLuC 2019 will be held in Salt Lake City!

The ZLuC 2019 Site Selection Committee is pleased to announce that the 2019 Zine Librarians unConference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah! They’ll have three organizations helping to make ZLuC 2019 happen: Grid Zine Fest, the Salt Lake City Public Library, and the Marriott Library at the University of Utah. Their exciting and thoughtful proposal made it clear that ZLuC in SLC will be absolutely amazing!!
Organizers will announce a date as soon as possible, but they expect it to be in the summer of 2019.
Thank you so much to the folks who submitted proposals and to the members of the 2019 selection committee: Sharon McKellar, Violet Fox, Jolie Braun, Elissah Becknell, and Elizabeth Bastyr.

Accepting proposals to host ZLuC 2019

We’re now looking for proposals to host the 2019 Zine Librarians unConference! Find the proposal submission form here: https://goo.gl/forms/RdJKOqJpuvZVKPq62.

Please note the shorter submission period this year: the proposal submission deadline is Friday November 30th.

For more information about hosting ZLuC, explore the websites of previous ZLuCs and view the newly created ZLuC Organizers Toolkit. The ZLuC 2019 site selection committee (Elizabeth Bastyr, Elissah Becknell, Jolie Braun, Violet Fox, and Sharon McKellar) is excited to see your proposal!