New article for teachers and school librarians

Long-time zinester and zine librarian Cathy Camper has written a new article for School Library Journal introducing zines to teachers and school librarians, “Zines: Cut-and-Paste Publishing by and for the People.” Sidebars also written by Camper include “9 Books about Zines for Teens and Tweens,” “9 Tips for Zine-Making Workshops,” “A Brief History of Zines,” and “Online Zine Resources from A to Z.” Delightful cut-and-paste style illustrations by Mark Todd accompany the cover story.

colorful, cut and paste style illustration on the cover of School Library Journal's March 2023 issue

ZLuC 2023: save the date

The Zine Librarians unConference will be held in person this year! This year’s ZLuC will be held in San Francisco, California on Friday August 4 and Saturday August 5. There may be additional events (like tours of zine stores/zine libraries or a zinester reading) held on Sunday August 6, too, so consider keeping your schedule free that day as well.

ZLuC 2023 Registration is now open! We are capping in-person to 100 attendees. In addition, we will be exploring virtual options, for at least one of the days.
You can register here: https://forms.gle/SM7SQrXCv5Bx3EU5A. Registration is free and the due date for registration is July 10th.
You’ll be able to find all the info about ZLuC 2023 as it’s announced at this landing page: zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc-2023-san-francisco.

If you’d like to support the travel needs of one or more zine librarians to attend ZLuC, please consider donating to the ZLuC BIPOC Travel Grant. The travel grant is a no-strings attached yearly tradition that has allowed several zine librarians of color to attend ZLuC without worrying about finances. Send donations via Paypal to juliahuddleston [at] gmail [dot] com (specify “ZLuC Travel Grant” in the comments). If you’d prefer to contribute without using Paypal, please email that address to coordinate an alternate method of payment. Thanks for considering!

flyer with photo of the Golden Gate bridge and an announcement that the 2023 Zine Librarian unConference will be held in San Francisco

Zine Libraries and Collections online panel

This event was originally scheduled for October 2022 but was rescheduled due to a strike.

Spineless Wonders is a network of artists, writers, academics and librarians, creating and researching small press publications including artists books, based in the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London (UCL). On Friday February 10, they’ll be hosting an all-day event titled Spineless Wonders: The Zine, Type And Script, consisting of in-person and virtual sessions. An online panel discussion titled “Zines: In/Out: The Institutional Dilemma: Zine Libraries and Collections” will happen at 1:30 pm London time:

As institutions, libraries and archives follow sets of rules for access, development, and description of their collections. Increasingly, libraries and archives are collecting zines – do-it-yourself, short-run publications created and distributed outside mainstream channels. This panel is made up of library and archive workers who have developed and organised zine collections in a range of institutions. The session will have four short presentations followed by discussion and will consider the ethics, challenges, and joys of zines in library and archive settings.

The chair is Kirsty Fife (researcher into digital information and curating, Manchester Metropolitan University) and speakers will be Holly Casio (Queer Zine Library), Kyle Gibbens (Queer Zine Library), Nicola Cook (Wellcome Library), and Tavian Hunter (Stuart Hall Library at Iniva). There will also be an online tour of the Manchester Poetry Library.

Zine Librarians Code of Ethics second edition

The Zine Librarians Code of Ethics (ZLCoE) was drafted in 2014/2015 and published in print form in November 2015. It was the labor of love of an informal group of library & archives workers who wanted to share their knowledge of the zine community’s norms and how they saw those intersecting with libraries and archives practices.

The zine librarian community has been talking about updating the ZLCoE for a while now; let’s make it happen! Please join me over Zoom for an informal session discussing what should be updated and how we’ll make it happen. If you haven’t read the Code of Ethics recently, it’d be great if you could do so before the meeting so we can talk about what we like and what we’d like to add or revise.

Meeting details: Zoom/virtual meeting. Friday November 11 (2 pm eastern, 1 pm Central, noon Mountain, 11 am Pacific). Registration required.

Can’t make the meeting? Here’s a quick form to fill out for your thoughts about what we should add or change in the next edition, and to add your email address if you’d like to be involved in the second edition in some way.

Zine Libraries and Collections online panel

screenshot of Zines event on October 21st at University College London, featuring a photo illustration of the stapled spines of zinesSpineless Wonders is a network of artists, writers, academics and librarians, creating and researching small press publications including artists books, based in the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London (UCL). On Friday October 21, they’ll be hosting an all-day event titled Zines: Reading, Preserving, Making, consisting of in-person and virtual sessions. An online panel discussion titled “Zines: In/Out: The Institutional Dilemma: Zine Libraries and Collections” will happen at 11:45 am London time:

As institutions, libraries and archives follow sets of rules for access, development, and description of their collections. Increasingly, libraries and archives are collecting zines – do-it-yourself, short-run publications created and distributed outside mainstream channels. This panel is made up of library and archive workers who have developed and organised zine collections in a range of institutions. The session will have four short presentations followed by discussion and will consider the ethics, challenges, and joys of zines in library and archive settings.

The chair is Kirsty Fife (researcher into digital information and curating, MMU) and speakers will be Holly Casio (Queer Zine Library), Kyle Gibbens (Queer Zine Library), Nicola Cook (Wellcome Library), and Tavian Hunter (Stuart Hall Library at Iniva). There will also be an online tour of the Manchester Poetry Library and Gloria Kiconco’s exhibition ‘Queering the Form’.

Get ready for the Zines & Librarians Conference 2022

Illustration of a Black person with an orange shirt holding zines in their hands, there is the text "Zines and Libraries Conference"

The ZINE & LIBRARIES CONFERENCE is a two-day virtual conference happening Thursday July 7th and Friday July 8th that will gather together librarians, zine artists and educators to learn about all things zines! Presenters will go over zine history, cataloging, starting a collection as well as provide tools, resources and tips on how to successfully integrate zines into libraries and instruction.

For more information about the schedule and free registration, check out the Zines & Librarians Conference 2022 page. Note that all times listed are in the U.S. Pacific time zone!

Zine Pavilion at ALA 2022

The Zine Pavilion makes its triumphant return to the annual American Library Association conference Friday June 24 through Monday June 27, 2022. This year’s ALA will be in sunny Washington, D.C., so look for the Zine Pavilion on the exhibit floor at booth 3009 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Find more info about what the Zine Pavilion is, and all the up-to-the-minute details at the twitter account @zinepavilion.

Antifa For Kids zine

Cover of Antifa for Kids zineWhile updating the Zines for Kids page here at zinelibraries.info someone recommended Sasaki Family Zines “Antifa For Kids“, published by Just Seeds.

While it’s totally appropriate for some kids and their families, the Zines for Kids page is supposed to be a safe resource for parents and educators. Since that was the goal, it didn’t feel right to put AFK there, but a number of folks within the zine librarian community really do like this one, and think it’s a humorous way to look and talk about policing for parents and children.

As a compromise, we updated the Zines for Kids page without it, but still wanted to include it, so here it is. Libraries are not neutral, and zine libraries even more so. In both instances, though, we do strive to serve wide communities, and that sometimes means holding, sharing and talking about materials that might make some of us uncomfortable or might be deemed inappropriate in some circumstances. In this case we’re happy to have found a way to balance both the need for having super kid-friendly resources with the desire to further conversations that are happening in communities around the world about public safety.

Interview with three authors of “Zines in Libraries” book

Three of the authors featured in the new book, Zines in Libraries: Selecting, Purchasing and Processing, were interviewed by the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences. Check out the interview (“iSchool alumni share their zine experiences in new publication“) and get inspired to read the book; many of the chapters are available to read in institutional repositories.

screenshot of article featuring photos of the three librarians interviewed

Compendium of Zine-Related Books

Aj Michel, creator of the long-running zine Syndicate Product, has published a new site called “From Staple to Spine: A Compendium of Zine-related Books“. The site features 140 titles of books based on zines, including individual titles, multi-author anthologies around a particular topic, academic works, and how-to-guides. If you have additional books to include, get in touch with Aj to suggest an addition!

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