Come tour Soapbox and enjoy a reading by Zinesters, Librarians, and the People Who Love them.
741 S 51st, West Philly
7-9 PM January 25, 2014
Interested in hosting the next ZL(u)C* in 2014? The Deciderer Committee needs some more information to do the decidering. Although all of these areas are important, be aware that inexpensive housing, easy access from other cities, and collaboration are among our top priorities.
Please answer the following questions (below the fold) and email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org by
January 30, February 9, 2014. We hope to announce the next host by mid-February.
*The Zine Librarian (un)Conference. You can see the proceedings of previous ZL(u)Cs here.
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Here is the link for the google hangout for Tuesday September 10th’s virtual meetup at 7 PM EDT / 6 PM CDT / 4 PM PDT
You might want to test your ability to connect before the meeting starts!
Zine Libraries Virtual Meetup set
for Tues Sept 10 at 7 PM EDT / 6 PM CDT / 4 PM PDT
Book mark the following link for information on how to connect to our meetup session.
Instructions and links about how to connect will be updated on this page:
Our intention is to reach out to people that want to connect in-between unconferences. We are especially interested in connecting with people that work with homegrown zine libraries and aren’t necessarily able to make it out to our events.
Hope to see you soon!
If you create zines, would you mind filling out this survey?
Link to Survey
Barnard Zine Library is surveying zine makers to find out what their preferences are when it comes to making inter library loan copy requests of their own zines available to patrons.
The survey investigates the possibility of copying all or part of a zine to make available to a patron who can’t make it to the physical location of the library where the zine is located. This could be because the patron lives in another state or because the patron is a prisoner, for example.
The survey also asks some questions specific to how to handle inter library loan copy requests for prisoners. If zines are photocopied for prisoners, should some of the contact information of the zine creator be blocked out? Or should it remain?
Librarians need help understanding how to handle inter-library loan copy requests in a way that respects the zine makers!
Thanks for your time! These results could help all zine librarians get a sense of what zine makers want when it comes to inter library loan copy policies.
Thanks to Barnard Zine Library for putting this survey together!
You have until August 28th to fill out the survey. Please spread the word and share with other zine creators!
This is a photo of the zine collection in my living room that will soon turn into a pop up zine library experiment in Kansas City, MO.
During the 2013 Zine Librarian’s Unconference, I became aware of a desire to connect more with the zine librarians group. I wanted more opportunities to share support, resources, and solidarity with other people who are making zine libraries happen. I also knew I might not be able to attend the next conference in person, and this made me desire more online possibilities for sharing and support.
Milo also took interest in this idea, and he contacted me about arranging our first zine librarian’s virtual meetup.
The result is that we will attempt to use google hangout to host a virtual meetup for barefoot zine librarians. “Barefoot” libraries and librarians are ones that are usually autonomous and not affiliated with public or academic libraries. Infoshops, Community Centers, zine libraries in your garage – they are all relevant!
Right now we are choosing the dates. You can help by passing the word onto other barefoot zine librarians and marking your availability on the doodle poll.
Hope to see you at the meeting!
Standing: Joshua, Matthew, Marya, Honor, Jude, Chris, Lisa, Stephanie
Seated: Jenna, Colleen, Kelly, Elissah, Kalmia, Milo
Photo by Matthew at the Iowa City Zine Librarians unConference. Read the ICZLuC session notes linked from the schedule grids.
Here are some zines that discuss or even detail ways to end a pregnancy. Please be careful with how you carry out instructions found in a zine, or really any information resource. Neither I nor anyone from the zine librarians group is taking responsibility for the content found in the zines. Zines do not go through a peer review process and most zine makers do not have significant medical training. That doesn’t mean they don’t have valid knowledge about their own bodies and yours, but, just, don’t be reckless.
So here is a selective, annotated list, alphabetically by title:
- Doris #23 by Cindy Crabb, published in 2006.
An explanation of menstrual extraction is just one part of this issue Cindy Crabb’s rightfully celebrated personal zine. In addition to ME, you’ll also read about Cindy’s grandma, outdoor adventures and the lasting effects of childhood sexual abuse. The zine is illustrated with stick figure comics and drawings in Cindy’s inimitable style. Cindy and Doris are hard not to love.
Held at: Bako Zine Library, Barnard Zine Library/Columbia University, Bingham Center/Duke University, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Denver Zine Library, Multnomah County Library, Nadine Vorhoff Library/Tulane University, Pierce County Library System, Timberland Regional Library. You can also buy it from Cindy and from a bunch of distros (which you can look up on your own).
- Fertility Awareness for Non-Invasive Birth Control, by the Arthouse Coalition, Portland OR
I’m a sucker for a DIY zine that includes a bibliography and glossary, which this one does. As the title suggests, this zine is more about knowing your body and preventing pregnancy than it is about abortion, but it does contain information about herbal emmenagogues. And if you want to know a lot about cervical fluid, this is the zine for you!
Held at: Bingham Center/Duke University, Firefly Zine collection/University of Miami, Internet Archive (options for viewing and download), Papercut Zine Library, Schlesinger Library/Harvard, ZineLibrary.info (pdf)
- Free to Choose: a Women’s Guide to Reproductive Freedom, by Esther Eberhardt. (Note the Eberhardt Press catalog title leave’s out the word “Women’s,” hence some irregularity in library catalogs.
In addition to being pretty this pamphletty zine provides history and context (stories from the “bad old days,” The Abortion Handbook, Jane), as well as information about menstrual extraction tools and procedures. It includes a short list of bibliographical references and is anti-copyright.
Held at: AnarchaLibrary (link to pdf), Barnard Zine Library/Columbia University, Bingham Center/Duke University, Birds Nest Zine Library, Brooklyn College, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Cleveland Health Science Library, Eberhardt Press (pdf), Evergreen State College Womyn’s Resource Center, Hampshire College, Mount Royal University, Schlesinger Libary/Harvard, Timberland Regional Library, University of Oregon, Vancouver Public Library
- Hot Pantz: Do It Yourself Gynecology, by Isabelle Gauthier and Lisa Vinebaum, 1995
This is a classic women’s repro health DIY guide, originally published in French. Includes emmenagogues and advice for what to do to prevent pregnancy after a risky sexual encounter.
Held at: Barnard Zine Library/Columbia University, Bingham Center/Duke University, BitchMedia Community Lending Library, Bowling Green State University, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Cleveland Health Science Library, Duke University/Bingham Center, Multnomah County Library, Firefly Zine Collection/University of Miami, No Borders Radical Lending Library (link to pdf that isn’t working for me), Roberts Street Social Centre, Timberland Regional Library, University of Oregon
- Mine: an Anthology of Women’s Choices, edited by Meredith Stern, 2002.
You won’t necessarily get the recipe for an herbal abortion or instructions for performing menstrual extraction. What this compilation zine will provide is other women’s stories about medical and surgical abortions, herbal abortifacients, menstrual extractions and the women’s thought processes behind their decisions.
Held at: Barnard Zine Library/Columbia University, Bingham Center/Duke University, Labadie Collection/University of Michigan, Schlesinger Library/Harvard University, Wisconsin Historical Society
- Radical Menstruation, 2004.
Here’s the Barnard zine abstract: This political zine gives alternative ways to view and deal with menstruation, focusing on herbal and DIY remedies. It also critiques of the “culture of shame and ignorance” surrounding menstruation, provides a bibliography, and provides instructions on how to make a cloth pad or perform a menstrual extraction.
Held at: Barnard Zine Library/Columbia University, Bowling Green State University
- Red Alert #3, by the Blood Sisters collective, early 2000s?
Contains an emmenagogue recipe.
Held at: Barnard Zine Library/Columbia University, Bingham Center/Duke University, OPIRG Infoshop
- She’s So Very, by Melissa Ann, 2008?
Mostly a personal zine, about a lot of topics, this zine also includes an emmenagogue recipe–and interviews with Le Tigre band members about feminism, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Held at Barnard Zine Library/Columbia University, Brooklyn College
- What Is This Thing Called M.E.? 2006 or later?
Personal, DIY, cut and paste goodness–how have I never heard of this zine before?
Held at: Papercut Zine Library (spreadsheet of holdings), pdf from unidentified source (RAM sucking download that might freeze your browser for a while)
- Wive’s Tales by Britton, 1993
Here’s the Barnard abstract to another classic zine that still shows up at books fairs, zine fests and in distros, 20 years after it was published): This political DIY zine gives alternatives routes to female reproductive health. Included are guides to self-examination and forms of birth control, emmenagogues, and childbirth, as well as descriptions of diseases and tips for radical menstruation. There are illustrations and a bibliography.
Held at: Barnard Zine Library/Columbia University, Bingham Center/Duke University, DePaul University (Kim Nolan collection), Forgotten Zine Archive, Internet Archive (options for viewing and download), Smith College, Tamiment Library/NYU, University of Iowa
Note, re: library holdings. I searched WorldCat and did an internet search. I have surely missed other libraries, whose catalogs are not online or whose holdings are not otherwise represented on the open web or for whatever reason don’t show up very high on a results list. Librarians should feel encouraged to add their holdings in this post or in the comments for me to integrate as I am able.
In Xerography Debt #33, editor Davida Gypsy Breier says nice things about us:
“As a zinemaker, I often go about my business of making zines because I still believe in tangible artifacts. Or, as Jeff Somers says in his column in this issue, they have discreteness. I forget that with print runs frequently fewer than 500, or even 100 copies, zines are often ephemeral. I knew that zine collections at libraries exist, and have contributed to several, but it wasn’t until after the [Caxton Club zine] symposium that it really sunk in that these librarians and archivists are unsung heroes of zine culture. They are saving and preserving documentation on events and subcultures that would otherwise go unrepresented or be grossly misrepresented. They are also working to make zines discoverable to new readers.
“So I would like to dedicate this issue to the zine librarians and archivists out there who are working to support and protect zines. Thank you!”
Aw, shucks, Davida! It’s our pleasure.