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!
For those who have been curious about the status of the ZAPP (Zine Archive and Publishing Project) collection at the Seattle Public Library, this status report published in the Seattle Review of Books features photos and information about where things stand now: https://seattlereviewofbooks.com/notes/2019/02/05/it-s-been-a-long-long-time.
The 2019 Zine Librarians unConference will be held in downtown Salt Lake City on Friday July 19th and Saturday July 20th. Stay tuned for more information about registration and very affordable dorm rooms.
Derek Potts, zine librarian at DePaul University’s Special Collections and Archives, was featured in this Chicago Magazine article, “Why Anthony Rayson, Anarchist Grandpa, Sends Zines to Prison.”
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.
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!
Michigan State University has an extensive collection of zines, and many of them are on display on the new punk exhibit in MSU Libraries Special Collections. Exhibit curator Joshua Barton describes the zeitgeist of punk zines and highlights the uniqueness of the collection in this article from the Lansing City Pulse.
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!