ZLuC 2019 registration now open

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.

ZLuC 2019 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 19 and 20 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Registration for all attendees is free; this grant is intended to help with associated travel and/or childcare costs. We will have low-cost housing available (details announced soon), and homestay options to help defray housing costs.

If you are Black, Indigenous, and/or a POC and would like to apply for the ZLuC 2019 POC Travel Grant, please apply here: http://tinyurl.com/ZLuC2019travelgrant. Recipients of the ZLuC 2018 travel grant are not eligible for this year’s grant, but previous years’ recipients/applicants are welcome to apply.

If you’re able to support the ZLuC 2019 POC Travel Grant with funding, please send donations via Paypal to juliahuddleston[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 30, 2019. All applicants will be contacted by Monday April 15.

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!

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!

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