ZLuC POC travel grant applications now live!

If you are Black, Indigenous, and/or a POC and would like to apply for the ZLuC 2020 POC travel grant, please fill out this application: https://tinyurl.com/zluc2020. Past applicants and recipients are welcome to apply!

Applications will be accepted until April 15. All applicants will be contacted by May 5.

What is this? 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 August 21 and 22 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. This grant is intended to help with associated travel and/or family care costs.

How can I support? If you’re able to support the ZLuC 2020 POC travel grant with funding, please send donations via Paypal to juliahuddleston[at] 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!

ZLuC 2021 site announced

The site selection committee is excited to announce that the Zine Librarians unConference 2021 will be held in San Francisco! The Gleeson Zine Collective at the University of San Francisco will be the core organizers and they will be partnering with community organizations in the area.
Big thanks to this year’s site selection committee, Juli Huddleston, Joshua Barton, Lauren Brewer, and Ari Zickau.
For more information on ZLuC, check out zinelibraries.info/events/zine-librarian-unconferences.

Still accepting ZLuC 2021 site selection proposals!

UPDATE: Applications are closed. The Gleeson Library in San Francisco is hosting!
The Zine Librarians unConference 2021 host site proposal form is accepting proposals until January 31, 2020.
You can find the form here: https://forms.gle/kp3Xxfk2PfQ96J387
Proposals are due Friday, January 31, 2020.
If you’d like to know more about what hosting ZLuC looks like, check out the websites of previous ZLuCs, the ZLuC Organizers Toolkit, and/or feel free to email juliahuddleston@gmail.com with any questions.

Zine library visit during ALA Midwinter 2020

flyer featuring a photo of Debbie Harry reading a newspaper celebrating zines along with details about the zine library tour (same as in the post)

If you’re in Philadelphia or if you’re attending ALA Midwinter, please consider joining me on a visit to the East Falls Zine Reading Room on Sunday January 26. We’ll be leaving from the Philadelphia Convention Center at 12:10 pm (meet at the “meeting point” near registration) and taking the bus; we’ll be back by 2:30. This is free and unaffiliated with the official conference; no need to RSVP or be registered for ALA.

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.

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!