ZLuC organizer toolkit draft

The Zine Librarians unConference (ZLuC) is an annual-ish gathering of library/archives workers, zinesters, and anyone who cares about zines in libraries and archives. ZLuC started in 2009 and has moved around the U.S. in order to allow people from a variety of areas to attend.

In order to facilitate the organization of this unconference, a draft of a ZLuC Organizer Toolkit has been created. This document should be useful to people who are interested in hosting ZLuC at their institution. If you’ve attended or organized ZLuC or a similar unconference, please take a look at the draft and add content or let us know what’s missing.

International Zine Library Day

Once again the time is upon us to commemorate International Zine Library Day, observed every July 21st! Read more about the event and figure out a great way to celebrate, whether by visiting your local zine library, donating your zines to a library that collects zines, or sharing your thanks with those who make zine libraries happen. Find a zine library near you using Barnard Zine Library’s worldwide list. Use hashtag #IZM2018 to follow along with all the International Zine Month events.

A heartfelt thank you to all the zine library workers out there who help to make zines accessible to everyone in a myriad of different ways. Please be sure to take time to treat yourself today!

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ZLuC 2018 is a wrap!

Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the 2018 Zine Librarians unConference! If you attended, please complete this quick 5-question survey to let us know how ZLuC 2019 can be even better.

I’m grateful to the rest of the ZLuC 2018 organizing team¬†(Elissah Becknell, Elizabeth Bastyr, Deborah Boudewyns, Lindsay Keating, and Margit Wilson) as well as the hard working staff and students at our three venues: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, University of Minnesota Libraries, and Hennepin County Libraries.

Thanks to unofficial ZLuC photographer Eric for the glorious group pics.

large group photo of people standing on a railing

photo by Eric Goldhagen, click to see within Flickr photostream

large group photo of people standing on a railing

photo by Eric Goldhagen, click to see within Flickr photostream

Register now for ZLuC 2018

There’s been such a great response to the 2018 Zine Librarians unConference! To ensure we have enough space (and food) for everyone, we’ll be cutting off registration soon. Please register by end of day Sunday July 8 if you’re planning to attend: http://zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-2018-msp/registration.

If you’ve registered and you’re looking for more info, you’ll find all the info at http://zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-2018-msp.

See you July 12-14 in Minneapolis!

ZLuC 2018 registration open

Registration for ZLuC 2018 registration is now open! Please plan on joining the zine librarian fun in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 12-14. Find registration, housing, schedule details and more at the ZLuC 2018 site: zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-2018-msp.

Huge thanks to Minneapolis artist¬†Jordan Coffer for this year’s poster art! Check out more of her artwork at her website:¬†jcoffer01.wixsite.com/jordancoffer.bright yellow poster with wording in a Minnesota shape spelling "Zine Librarians unConference '18" along with the famous Minneapolis spoon and cherry

ZLuC 2018 POC Travel Grant

Every year, the zine libraries community raises money to help a Person of Color attend the Zine Librarians unConference (ZLuC). This year’s ZLuC will be held July 12-14 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Registration for all attendees is free; this grant is intended to help with associated travel and/or childcare costs.

If you are Black, Indigenous, and/or a POC and would like to apply for the ZLuC 2018 POC Travel Grant, please apply here: https://tinyurl.com/ZLuC2018travelgrant. Former applicants are encouraged to apply again!

If you’re able to support the ZLuC 2018 POC Travel Grant with funding, please send donations via Paypal to violetfox [at the] gmail [dot] com. There’s also a Paypal donation button on the sidebar of this site. If you’d prefer to contribute without using Paypal, please email the address above and we’ll figure out an alternate method.

If you’re not able to donate funds right now, please help by spreading the word!

Applications and donations will be accepted until Sunday March 25 2018. All applicants will be contacted by Wednesday April 11.

Dates of ZLuC 2018

The Zine Librarian unConference planning committee is happy to announce the dates for ZLuC 2018 in Minneapolis:¬†July 12-14.¬†We have so much exciting stuff that we couldn’t limit ourselves to two days!¬†

The plan (so far…):
  • Thursday July 12 (starting around 1 pm-ish?) we’ll have a half day of ZLuC at MCTC (Minneapolis Community and Technical College). MCTC’s library has a huge zine collection and a zine lounge area! A potential field trip that evening will be the Walker Art Center¬†(free on Thursday evenings).
  • Friday July 13 we’ll have a full day of ZLuC at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. The UMN Libraries holds the incredible Marshall Weber Culture Wars Zine Collection. We’ll likely have a mixer that evening.
  • Saturday July 14 we’ll have another half day to wrap up ZLuC at the Hennepin County Library’s beautiful Minneapolis Central Library. HCL is in the process of ramping up their zine collection and will be the host of this year’s Twin Cities Zine Fest in September. We hope to have another social event that evening, perhaps a zine reading.
All three locations are within central Minneapolis and easily accessible by public transit. (Here’s a map!) UMN dorm rooms will be available for reservation starting April 1st, with a cost of $61 per person, per day (tax included) for a private room, and¬†$46 per person, per day (tax included) for a shared room. We’ll also have a limited number of couches/guest rooms to offer.
We know no days/time will work for everyone, but hopefully many people can attend one, two, or all three days of ZLuC 2018. Registration, as always, is free. More details will follow this spring!

Site of ZLuC 2018: Minneapolis!

The site selection committee for the Zine Librarians unConference has selected the location for ZLuC 2018: Minneapolis, Minnesota! The proposal was hosted by a number of Minnesota libraries: the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Hennepin County Library, and the Minneapolis Community & Technical College. These libraries, plus others in the metro area, all have zine collections of varying sizes, and the Twin Cities is well-known for its support of literary and artistic creators. ZLuC 2018 will be jam packed with zine library goodness!

A date will be announced soon so travel plans can commence. Thanks to the ZLuC site selection committee (Ziba Zehdar-Gazdecki, Poliana Irizarry, Chlöe Van Stralendorff, Agatha Burstein, Marya Errin Jones, Liz Chenevey, & Katie Ross) for their deliberations.

ZLuC 2018: call for host site proposals

The Zine Librarians UnConference has been held in Seattle, Portland, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Iowa City, Durham, Austin, Boston, Southern California and now … your town??

If you’re interested in hosting ZLuC 2018, throw your hat in the ring! Info about what would make a good ZLuC site can be found¬†within the host site submission form. Submissions are due Friday December 1 2017.

map of the U.S. with past ZLuC sites marked