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:

Audio report from Zine Pavilion 2019

Zine librarian Matthew Murray was featured as one of the co-organizers of this year’s Zine Pavilion on episode 26 of the HiJinx podcast, produced by the Howard County Public Library (Maryland). The podcast was recorded entirely at the American Library Association conference in DC in June, and Matthew talks about zines and zine culture, discusses the differences between zines and blogs, and shares his thoughts on the value of the zine community. Matthew is featured from minute 2:35 through 10:18; take a listen!

Zine Pavilion at ALA Annual 2019

Headed to the American Library Association conference in Washington DC? Please plan on joining us at the Zine Pavilion! Find us at booth 2947 on the exhibit hall floor. Check out our extensive list of events here. We’ll have over 30 zinesters from the DC area and beyond: find zinester profiles at the Zine Pavilion Tumblr and keep up with our shenanigans at the @ZinePavilion Twitter account!

Zine Pavilion in Chicago June 23-26

The Zine Pavilion will be back at the ALA (American Library Association) annual conference June 23-26th! This year the conference is in Chicago at McCormick Place convention center. If you’re a librarian attending ALA, please stop by the exhibit hall booth 1838 to say hello, browse our zines, and talk about getting zines into your library!

Our hours are the same as the exhibit hall:
Friday June 23, 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Saturday June 24, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday June 25, 9 am – 5 pm
Monday June 26, 9 am – 2 pm

And we’ve got lots of events planned (UPDATED LIST as of June 11):

Follow us on Tumblr or Twitter to keep up with our fun times!

From Zine Pavilion 2015 in San Francisco!

From Zine Pavilion 2015 in San Francisco!

Looking for Chicago-area zinesters

The Zine Pavilion will be held this June 23-26 at McCormick Place in Chicago during the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference. We’re still looking for tablers, so if you’re a Chicago-area zinester please consider joining us—you’ll get a free table and registration to the library conference! For more information, check out the Zine Pavilion page and the sign up form.

cut-and-paste flyer with text reading "Want to share your love for zines with librarians? Table at the American Library Association conference's Zine Pavilion! McCormick Place, Chicago, June 23-26. The Zine Pavilion is like a mini zine fair at a librarian conference. Free tables & admission to the conference! Be an ambassador for zines in libraries!"