code of conduct

The Zine Librarians unConference (ZLuC) is a safer space, which means that it is intended to be a welcoming, engaging, and supportive environment free of oppressive actions, behaviors, and language. Participants are asked to consider how their language and behavior impacts others in attendance.

Harassing or abusive language or behavior will not be tolerated at ZLuC, including:

  • racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, and all other forms of discrimination
  • sexual harassment, stalking, or intimidation
  • inappropriate physical contact
  • disruptive or disrespectful behavior
  • action or language that makes other participants feel unwelcome or unsafe

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Should an issue arise with a participant before the event, ZLuC organizers will listen to concerns and find a solution that is in the best interests of the community and the event being a safer space. ZLuC organizers reserve the right to limit attendance to the event for any reason.

Should an issue arise with a participant during the fest, ZLuC organizers will be available to mediate on-site and attempt to find a solution. ZLuC organizers reserve the right to ask any participants who are violating the safer space policy to change or address their unsafe behavior or language, or to leave the event. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please notify one of the ZLuC organizers immediately.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all ZLuC event venues, including social events.

map & location info

We’ve got a number of different venues to show off in Minneapolis!

Official ZLuC locations:



We’ll be walking between “official” venues and social venues—please let one of the organizers know if you’ll need accommodations for transportation, we’ll work something out so everyone can attend what they want! All venues are wheelchair accessible, but we know needs vary, so please get in touch as soon as possible so we can make your experience great. Email violetfox [at] gmail [dot] com with questions or concerns.


Schedule overview:

Detailed schedule:

official events are listed in black
social events are in blue

Thursday July 12
MCTC Library

Friday July 13
University of Minnesota Architecture Library

  • 9-9:30 am – meet and great (coffee and pastries provided)
  • 9:30-10 am – tweaking/confirming schedule
  • 10-11:30 am – breakout session
  • 11:30 am-1 pm – breakout session
  • 1-2:30 pm – lunch (buffet lunch provided)
  • 2:30-4 pm – breakout session
  • 4-4:30 – plenary
  • 4:30-6 pm – zine making & cocktail hour (snacks, pop, wine, beer provided)

Saturday July 14
Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis Central

(Saturday’s schedule is still tentative!)

  • 9-9:30 am – tweaking/confirming schedule
  • 9:30-11 am – breakout session
  • 11 am-noon – plenary
  • noon-1:30 pm – lunch (at MCBA or choose your own adventure)
  • 1:45 pm – tour of MCBA (Minnesota Center for Book Arts) 
  • after tour – Izzy’s ice cream social on MCBA rooftop (weather dependent!)


You’re on your own for paying for meals unless we’ve indicated something is “provided” above.


We’ll be walking between “official” venues and social venues—please let one of the organizers know if you’ll need accommodations for transportation, we’ll work something out so everyone can attend what they want! All venues are wheelchair accessible, but we know needs vary, so please get in touch as soon as possible so we can make your experience great. Email violetfox [at] gmail [dot] com with questions or concerns.


Dorm rooms at the University of Minnesota are available as a cheap form of housing during ZLuC. The cost is $61 per person, per day (tax included) for a private room, and $46 per person, per day (tax included) for a shared room. Find more information and a reservation link here. (When asked “What is bringing you to campus?” on the form you can answer: “Zine Librarians unConference 2018, co-sponsored by UMN Libraries; event located in the Architecture Library”.)

Unfortunately, the one hostel in Minneapolis is already booked during the dates of ZLuC. Cheaper hotels range from $90-150/night near downtown.

If you are interested in couchsurfing, we may be able to find a spot for you (no guarantees!). If you’re interested in a house stay, please email violetfox [at], including info about any pet allergies or other housing concerns you might have.

ZLuC 2018 MSP

bright yellow poster with wording in a Minnesota shape spelling "Zine Librarians unConference '18" along with the famous Minneapolis spoon and cherry

ZLuC 2018 artwork by Jordan Coffer

The 2018 Zine Librarians unConference (ZLuC) will be held July 12-14 in Minneapolis, Minnesota!

What: ZLuC is an inspirational, informative, and fun gathering of people who care deeply about zines and their ability to change lives for the better.

When & where:

Who: Everyone is welcome! The primary audience is workers and volunteers from academic, public, and special libraries, as well as community-oriented independent libraries and archives. If you’re interested in zines in libraries and archives, we’re happy to have you join in the fun.

Why: To share the zine love!

Registration is free for everyone. The ZLuC 2018 registration form is available here.

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

Hashtag: #ZLuC

This year’s fabulous artwork is created by Minneapolis artist Jordan Coffer! Check out her website:

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.