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.

“From Indie to Institution” article

This From Indie to Institution article in The Harvard Crimson by Elyse D. Pham describes the differing environments of the zine collections of the Papercut Zine Library and Harvard’s Schlesinger Library. Though the institutions are less than a mile apart in Cambridge, Massachusetts, their differing focus is clear, with preservation and research access being key at Schlesinger while Papercut establishes a more reader-friendly vibe. The article is a short but excellent description of the wide range of what a zine library can be!

screenshot of article title and byline along with large image of zine library shelves

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.

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 zinelibraries.info, 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 library.fandm.edu/zinelibrary 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!