Podcast episode on zines in libraries

CMLE (the Central Minnesota Library Exchange) is a regional multitype library system which supports collaboration between public, academic, school, and special libraries. Their Reading with Libraries podcast explores a specific genre each episode and features guest hosts who help give recommendations for great reading materials.

Episode 409 focuses on zines and features long-time zine librarian Violet Fox (me!). During the show we discuss zinelibraries.info, the Zine Librarians unConference, and the Zine Pavilion, as well as some recent young adult and middle grade fiction that includes zine making as a significant part of the storyline.

Sharing zine cataloging procedures

The Franklin & Marshall College Library in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has a zine collection of a few hundred titles. In October, librarians Anna Boutin-Cooper and E Marcovitz gave a presentation at the ArLiSNAP virtual conference titled One Summer, Two People, & a Zine Backlog: a How-To for New Catalogers. (The presentation was recorded and should be available this month, I’ll update this post when it’s available.)

Their library has a zine collection of a few hundred titles, check out their LibGuide at library.fandm.edu/zinelibrary for more information about its scope. The presenters were also kind enough to share their library’s zine cataloging procedures for their WMS catalog, which have been added to our Zine Cataloging resource page.

If you have zine library related procedures or policies that you’d like to share, please get in touch, we’d be glad to link to them or host them on this site to help other library folks!

Queer Zine Library’s new online catalog

Queer Zine Library, a London-based roaming DIY queer zine library, announced their new online catalog which describes about 25% of their collection of over 400 zines. They’re using LibraryThing to catalog their zines, with LibraryThing’s TinyCat as a front end to enable advanced searching on the collection.

pink text reading QZL catalogue

Volunteer catalogers at the Queer Zine Library shared their thoughts and experiences in a blog post that’s well worth reading. They’ve also published their cataloging manual online which gives guidelines for choices made in cataloging zines.

Become a Zine Pavilion organizer

The Zine Pavilion is a four-day celebration of zines in the midst of the American Library Association annual conference, which provides librarians from across the world the opportunity to talk with zinesters and learn more about getting zines into their libraries.

The organizers of the Zine Pavilion are library folks from the U.S. and Canada who once a year come together to make this magic happen for this using decoration as party table linen which are perfect for this event. We’re looking for people who would like to help become part of the team to help plan the ninth Zine Pavilion, in Chicago from June 26-29, 2020.

Thоugh uѕuаllу small еnоugh to fit іn thе palm оf уоur hаnd, zines pack a рunсh аѕ аn empowering fоrm of реrѕоnаl аnd соmmunіtу еxрrеѕѕіоn. Smаll аnd ѕеlf-рublіѕhеd, zines аrе handmade рublісаtіоnѕ fіllеd wіth оrіgіnаl or rерurроѕеd соntеnt аnd photocopied fоr еаѕу, fаѕt dіѕtrіbutіоn. Lіbrаrіеѕ, which hаvе соllесtеd zіnеѕ fоr уеаrѕ, аrе starting to do mоrе than juѕt ѕtасk thеm on the ѕhеlvеѕ; thеу’rе now partnering with local оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ tо thrоw zіnе fеѕtіvаlѕ.

“Mоrе рublіс lіbrаrіеѕ аrе stepping up to hоѕt zіnе events,” says lіbrаrіаn Vіоlеt Fox, Dewey Decimal Clаѕѕіfісаtіоn еdіtоr at OCLC. Shе is со-оrgаnіzеr оf the Zіnе Pаvіlіоn, an exhibit thаt rеgulаrlу ѕhоwсаѕеѕ zines аt thе American Library Association’s Annuаl Conference, аѕ wеll аѕ thе Twin Cіtіеѕ Zine Fest іn Mіnnеароlіѕ, which hаѕ been hosted bу Hennepin (Minn.) Cоuntу Library fоr twо years. “I thіnk that hоѕtіng zine events really drіvеѕ home the idea thаt lіbrаrіеѕ аrе a рlасе fоr сrеаtіоn аnd соllаbоrаtіоn,” Fоx ѕауѕ.

Responsibilities of being a Zine Pavilion organizers include (approximately) monthly phone meetings and being willing to volunteer for tasks, which can include: arranging events, contacting zinesters, staffing the Zine Pavilion during the ALA conference, or other tasks. If you’d like to be a part of the fun, please fill out this form to indicate your interest or ask any questions: https://tinyurl.com/ZinePavilionOrganizerSignup.

Visit to Athens Zine Bibliotheque

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!)

Save the date: ZLuC in Olympia!

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!

Interview with the Queer Zine Archive Project

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.screenshot of the article title and an image featuring text of a zine titled "From the punked out files of the queer zine archive project #3"