Facilitating, acquiring, and showcasing student made zines

Facilitator: Poliana

Notes: Honor

!st subtopic Disarming student zine assignments sub topic

Example of what not to do:

During youth workshop, student reported that zines made for class had zine stapled to bulletin board

Something that should be awesome and fun is made into a chore

Sometimes instructors will force aesthetic preferences onto student zine makers

How can we grade something that’s profoundly personal–separating out grading rubrics from content

Alternatively, encourage incorporating zine assignments that involve non-fiction; not requiring zines to be personal or artistic in content

Washington State has done some history zines

POC zine project has partnered with after school projects/school classes, encouraging developing praxis for using zines to teach any subject; POCZP Zexplicitly won’t work with classes that grade zines, rather those that emphasize writing and critical inquiry; specific example given of assignment that required students to speak to their personal experiences and then be graded

Separating out mechanical part of zine creation from content in zine making classes; learning how to make a zine in a non judgemental way

Sounds like some teachers may be incorporating zine making assignments without knowing that much about zines or zine making

In art school, assignments have included interviewing folks in a neighborhood and making a zine about that; had clear rubric for grading; student workshop where students were given option of taking zine with them or leaving it; clearly articulating where zine goes when class is done

Q: do workshops make photocopies for students to trade?

A: Not necessarily;

Not so much that no zines should ever be graded, but consent and expectation need to be foregrounded

Perhaps a zine assignment code ethics; when facilitating an assignment, being able to say maybe this is problematic;

some stuff for responsible zine teaching already out there

QZAP interns required to make zines, 2 assignments, 1st: 2 week mini zine project, if never made a zine before: make a zine that teaches someone how to do something. 2nd larger zine assignment has broader parameters (suggest length, preferred creation metadata elements)

One rubric development possibility is working with students to develop the grading rubric, so that the rubric itself is collaborative

POC ZP internship approach is that it encourages community engagement, to avoid insular focus of many zine making projects, especially in academic settings; by looking outward they can think about the use of zines for information sharing and broader contextual meaning; too much looking inward can be problematic for folks who are already feeling isolated;

Acquiring and showcasing:

MICA sometimes get results of class assignments; sometimes displays them in small exhibits; zines

South Bay Zine library started by taking two sandwich boards with zines displayed on twine, then it becomes portable zine library and exhibit; later partnered with LGBTQ youth space, collection now has permanent home, but still uses display as portable browsing library.

What are the goals of collecting student created zines?

SBZ a mix of older zines and new zines, important for younger folks to see zines that are made by their contemporaries, and speak to their experiences

Students like to see what other students are doing, also it’s DIY representations, captures student voices; work done by students often only for an audience of one, this is a way that student work can reach a broader audience; lets students know that their voices are valid; in a library setting, catalog representation can be affirming, there zine can be equivalent to a harry potter book

Affirming for career and educational goals, demonstrates mechanisms for content distribution; also captures primary source materials for understanding political contexts and social movements

Students can also be involved in selecting zines for the collection, gives them a voice in library collections;

we should pay people for their zines! (If we can, sometimes we don’t have budgets.)

difference between gift of personal collections and zinesters giving individual zines

POCZP exists both in concert with and outside of academic spaces, they’ve developed a funding model where different academic departments can combine funding, and then furthers interdisciplinary community building within partner institutions

More support for educators about preparing and planning to bring in outside facilitators

One more reason to collect student zines: good way for students to see their own growth and development over time

Students and alumni really appreciate seeing there stuff in the library and that they can be part of it.

Zine con in San Jose was able to get funding so that tablers wouldn’t have to pay; then had successful donation a scheme

hooking folks up with printing can be a great way to encourage donations

Places to Eat & Drink

Places near Long Beach Public Library

  • Tacos!
  • Pizza!
  • Vegan!
  • Vegan Pizza Tacos!!!!

Ahmisa Vegan Cafe
340 E 4th St.
Long Beach, CA. 90802

Lola’s Mexican Cuisine
2030 E 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90814

Open Sesame
5215 E 2nd St.
Long Beach, CA 90803
*Vegetarian and Vegan Options

Pike Restaurant & Bar
1836 E 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90802

1837 E 7th Street
Long Beach, CA 90813
*Vegan Options

The Social List
2105 E 4th St
Long Beach, CA 90814

Sura Korean BBQ & Tofu Soup
621 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
*Vegan Options

Under the Sun
244 E 3rd St
Long Beach, CA 90802

Veggie Grill
6451 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90803

Bars & Breweries
Ballast Point Brewing
110 N Marina Dr
Long Beach, CA 90803
*Vegetarian Options

The Blind Donkey
149 Linden Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802

The Stache Bar
941 E 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90802



Housing Options:

In Long Beach:

Honor, Jenna, Kelly M, Milo, and Rhonda are staying at the Varden. If you make a registration, ask for rooms near the rest of the ZLuC-ers.

In Los Angeles:

If you’d prefer to stay in downtown LA, there are several hotels near the 7th Street Metro station. The Metro blue line will take you straight to the conference location. (The ride takes a little over an hour.) Here are some options:

City Center Hotel (Cheap and no frills)

America’s Best Value Inn (Also cheap, even fewer frills than no frills)

The Milner Hotel (Pricier, in a 1920’s era building)

The O Hotel (a trendy deluxe option)

See Extracurricular Activities for fun stuff to do in downtown LA!

Extracurricular Activities

Zine Collections to visit

A field trip to UCLA’s zine collections is currently being planned for the evening of Thursday, August 3rd. Stay tuned!

LA has several bookstores that sell zines. Seite and Ooga Booga are both accessible by bus or car. If you’re up for a long train ride, Skylight Books in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles is a fun bookstore with a small zine section. From Long Beach, take the Metro blue line, transfer at 7th St. Station to the red line–North Hollywood, and get off at Vermont/Santa Monica.

Fun Stuff to Do

Long Beach Zine Fest 2017 is happening Sunday August 6th, the day after #ZLuC!! Be sure to stop by the third annual LBZF from 11 am-5 pm at Long Beach’s Museum of Latin American Art.

Speaking of which, the Museum of Latin American Art is located a little over a mile from the Long Beach Public Library. To get there, head east on Ocean Blvd., then make a left on Alamitos. The museum is at the corner of Alamitos and 7th.

If you feel like taking the Metro blue line to downtown LA, you can visit the Last Bookstore (a huge new and used bookstore and venue for the first-ever LA Zine Fest in 2012), the Broad Museum (pronounced “Brode,” a new art museum everyone in LA is wetting themselves over), the Museum of Contemporary Art (what it sounds like), or numerous ultra-hip coffee shops and restaurants.

Maps and Directions to Long Beach Public Library

ZLuC 2017 is happening at the Main Library of the Long Beach Public Library (101 Pacific Ave, Long Beach, California)

Google map image of location of Long Beach Public Library main branch

Driving Directions:

From Long Beach Airport: Go south on Lakewood Blvd. for roughly 2 miles until you reach the roundabout. Take the second exit onto CA 1. Turn left on Redondo Blvd. After a mile, turn right on E. 7th St. After a mile and a half, turn left on Alamitos. After half a mile, turn right on Ocean Blvd.

From LAX (note: try to avoid this drive during rush hour, as it can be quite long): Follow airport signs to I-105 S. Take the 105 S to the 405 S. for approximately 20 miles. Turn onto the 710 S. Exit Shoreline Blvd. and make a left onto Broadway. Turn right on Pacific. LBPL is on the corner of Pacific and Ocean.

Public Transit:

From Long Beach Airport: From the airport exit, walk east to Clark Street. Take the 112 bus south to Downtown. Get off at the end of the line (about an hour-long ride) and walk about 2 blocks west on 1st St., which ends at the library.

From LAX: The best public transit option from LAX to Long Beach is the Flyaway Bus. A one-way fare is $9.00, and the Long Beach stop is located 4 blocks east of LBPL. To get to LBPL from the Flyaway stop, walk west on 1st. St., which ends at the library. To buy a Flyaway Bus ticket, click here.

From the Metro Blue Line: This is the nearest train line to the conference location and the easiest way to get to and from downtown LA. From the station, walk west on 1st St. for 4 blocks until you hit the library.


Rideshares abound in Southern California. Uber is evil, but Lyft is a little better, as you can tip your driver. Consider this option if you’re running late, or if public transportation from your housing is slow or complicated. Rates are variable depending on the distance and time of day, so beware.


Friday, August 4, 2017
Doors Open at: 9 a.m.
Event: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


11:15 – 12:15

12:15 – 1:30


1:30 – 2:30

2:40 – 3:40

3:50 – 4:30

  • Meeting room 1: ZineWiki edit-a-thon
  • Lobby: Zine collection succession planning (the “hit by the bus” scenario)
  • Auditorium: Collection development policies

Saturday, August 5, 2017
Doors Open at: 9 a.m.
Event: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

10:00 – 11:00



1:-2:30: Lunch                                                                                                 



  • Lobby: Wrap-up
    • Liked, like to see
    • Announcements


Put down proposals for workshops, discussions and presentations to cover during the unconference.  On the day of we’ll sort through the ideas and slot them into places on the schedule.

  • Barefoot Zine Library discussion
  • Zine Union Catalog project (multiple sessions?)
    • Yak (about grant)
    • Hack (upload more records into zinecat)
  • CSU Channel Islands zine collection (Razorcake/Gorsky collection)\
  • Facilitating, acquiring, and showcasing student-made zines
  • Update Code of Ethics
  • Tips on starting a zine library in your hometown
  • Zine collection succession planning
  • ZineWiki edit-a-thon


List of registered attendees:

  1. Milo Miller, QZAP
  2. Honor Moody, Schlesinger Library
  3. Julia Glassman, UCLA
  4. Otto Publishing
  5. Kelly Swickard, Decker Library / MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art)
  6. Rhea Tepp, L.A. Zine Fest
  7. Ziba Zehdar-Gazdecki, #LBPLZineLibrary
  8. Matt Cook, CSU Channel Islands
  9. Jenna Freedman, Barnard Zine Library
  10. Alex Chappell, Claremont Colleges Library
  11. Cynthia M. Orozco, East Los Angeles College
  12. Kelly McElroy, Oregon State University
  13. Amanda Meeks
  14. Josh Hutchinson, UC Irvine Library
  15. Chloe Van Stralendorff, Anaheim Public Library
  16. Juli Huddleston, Marriott Library / University of Utah
  17. Poliana Irizarry, South Bay DIY Zine Collective #sbDIYzc
  18. Rhonda Kauffman, MIT Libraries 
  19. Torie Quinonez, CSU San Marcos
  20. Elise, Lbzf!
  21. Maria Carmier, Mount Saint Mary’s University
  22. Matthew Murray, UNLV Libraries
  23. Abby Bass, Seattle Public Library
  24. Rebecca Trawick
  25. Chelsea Heinbach, UC Santa Barbara
  26. Daniela Capistrano, POC Zine Project
  27. Hannah Waddel, Marriott Library / University of Utah
  28. Loesja Vigour, Wellcome Library
  29. Nicola Cook, Wellcome Library
  30. Anna Ferri
  31. Cheyenne Hohman
  32. Janet Katz, Long Beach Public Library
  33. Catherina Horan
  34. Margit Wilson, Hennepin County Library
  35. Christina Appleberry, San Jose Public Library
  36. Anastasia Kirages, Zine Fest Houston
  37. Eva Rios-Alvarado, Mt. San Antonio College
  38. Zoe Unno
  39. Alex Jenkins, Newport Beach Public Library
  40. Kelly Spring, UCI
  41. Stacy Williams-Rutkowski
  42. Francheska Deras
  43. Alana LaBeaf, Long Beach Public Library
  44. Annie Phó, UCLA Library
  45. Christian Valles, Mi Desorden Collective
  46. Steve Chaput
  47. Emily Otis, Anaheim Public Library
  48. Amy Sonnichsen, Mount Saint Mary’s University
  49. Jade Alburo, UCLA Library
  50. Young Lee, University of La Verne College of Law Library
  51. Nisa gomez
  52. Brianna Meli, Anaheim Public Library
  53. Annie Knight, Santa Ana College
  54. MG Maloney, Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, University of Redlands


ZLuC 2017 LGB

The 2017 Zine Librarians unConference (ZLuC) will be held August 4-5 at the Long Beach Public Library in Long Beach, California!

What: ZLuC is an inspirational, informative, and fun gathering of people who care deeply about zines, their preservation, and their ability to change lives for the better.
When: Friday August 4-Saturday August 5, 2017
Where: Main Library, Long Beach Public Library (101 Pacific Ave, Long Beach, California)
Who: Everyone is welcome! The audience is zine librarians, library workers who love zines, zinesters who love libraries.
Why: To share the zine love! Take a look at previous ZLuC websites to see what we talk about.


Registration is free for everyone. Register for the unconference at any time at the “Registration” link below. We’ll be filling in more information about extracurricular activities as the event gets closer.

Make sure you’re on the Zine Librarians email list, so you don’t miss any pre-conference conversations.

Hashtag: #zluc

Zine Union Catalog Working Meeting

Meeting at MIT, Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 1-6pm.

MIT’s Hayden Library, building 14, room 3-336.

DIRECTIONS from the T:
Go down Carleton St past the MIT medical building, turn right onto Amherst St. Cross Ames street at the Arts/Design building, walk down a walkway with tennis courts on your left. Hayden (building 14) is on the left just past the gigantic black Calder statue.
Once inside, go down the hall past the outside courtyard, turn left and the library entrance is at the end of the hall. Once inside the library, take a left and walk past the desks and shelves to find the back stairwell and take it all the way up to the third floor. Our meeting room is just past the bathrooms and is the first door on the right at the start of the office hallway.
You can park in Cambridge spots on Sundays, so look for those if you’re driving (there are some on Ames and Amherst).
Search MIT map at http://whereis.mit.edu/
MIT buildings are open to the public, so you can walk right in.
NOTES FROM WORK SESSION: 31 July 2016 at MIT Libraries

Discussed at the meeting: 



–Working groups make recommendations to caticorn herders*, but generally work out details amongst themselves
–Mission statement; points of unity
–Technology decisions
–Funding decisions
–Labor decisions
–Organizational decisions
We respect diversity of communication styles, learning styles,
*Caticorn herders = Core group
**Fast Horse = Working groups
Advisory board/Pool
  • User testing
  • Semi-annual update call
  • Jenna: draft proposal
  1. Draft “governance plan”
    1. Propose at August ZUC conference call
    2. Circulate for approval
    3. Vote Sept. 2016 ZUC conf. call
  2. Implement plan ASAP
  3. Form groups
  4. Annual review and documentation


  • Apache
  • Hathi Trust
  • TARO
  • OpenFlows
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  • Some standing, some running
  • Diversity
    • Repository diversity
    • Aim for individual diversity
    • Diversity of expertise
  • Length of “term”
  • “Election” (just for caticorn herders?) —-> Automated (auditable) impartial process
  • Mandatory participation
    • must attend x% of meetings

Fast Horses provide recommendations back to Caticorn Herders and are voted on.

Potential Fast Horse Groups:

  1. Funding
  2. Technology
  3. Organizational/administrative
  4. Grants
  5. Artisanal metadata (standing)
  6. Publications

Semi-annual call

  • caticorn herders update
  • Fast Horses update(s)?
  • Documentation review
  • Get Administrative Shit Together
    • Mission statement
    • Governance planning
    • Compile stakeholders list/Advisory Board
    • Logos & Merching
  • Planning Prototype
    • Choose Catalog Tool
    • Gather pilot metadata
      • Compile sample data set
    • Technology decisions
      • User Stories
      • Functional Requirements
    • Metadata Standards
  • Structured data prototype
    • Zine wiki = another source of information, data source from which to pull data (zine libs with no cat)
      • Info boxes: automate cat. imports –> populate info boxes: crosswalk zine description to infobox
      • Template love
      • Free text description populates content, e.g., MARC 520
      • Templates needed
      • Person
      • Zine
      • Serial/Mono
      • Library (holding)
      • Group creator
      • Process! Rules for merge/(de)duplicate
      • === Moebius strip of chaos
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