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:
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 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.

Podcast episode on zines in libraries

CMLE (the Central Minnesota Library Exchange) is a regional multitype library system which supports collaboration between public, academic, school, and special libraries. Their Reading with Libraries podcast explores a specific genre each episode and features guest hosts who help give recommendations for great reading materials.

Episode 409 focuses on zines and features long-time zine librarian Violet Fox (me!). During the show we discuss, the Zine Librarians unConference, and the Zine Pavilion, as well as some recent young adult and middle grade fiction that includes zine making as a significant part of the storyline.

Sharing zine cataloging procedures

The Franklin & Marshall College Library in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has a zine collection of a few hundred titles. In October, librarians Anna Boutin-Cooper and E Marcovitz gave a presentation at the ArLiSNAP virtual conference titled One Summer, Two People, & a Zine Backlog: a How-To for New Catalogers. (The presentation was recorded and should be available this month, I’ll update this post when it’s available.)

Their library has a zine collection of a few hundred titles, check out their LibGuide at for more information about its scope. The presenters were also kind enough to share their library’s zine cataloging procedures for their WMS catalog, which have been added to our Zine Cataloging resource page.

If you have zine library related procedures or policies that you’d like to share, please get in touch, we’d be glad to link to them or host them on this site to help other library folks!

Queer Zine Library’s new online catalog

Queer Zine Library, a London-based roaming DIY queer zine library, announced their new online catalog which describes about 25% of their collection of over 400 zines. They’re using LibraryThing to catalog their zines, with LibraryThing’s TinyCat as a front end to enable advanced searching on the collection.

pink text reading QZL catalogue

Volunteer catalogers at the Queer Zine Library shared their thoughts and experiences in a blog post that’s well worth reading. They’ve also published their cataloging manual online which gives guidelines for choices made in cataloging zines.

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:

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