Contemporary Collecting: DIY Publishing webinar

The Bibliographical Society of America hosted a webinar on July 28 about DIY Publishing. Miarosa Ciallella, a zinester and library worker, talks about zines as activism and zines as a way to resist technocracy. Ciallella talks about how we know that social media is oppressive and how zines are “micro-archives that reflect and reject dominant narratives of historical moments.” Ciallella argues that we should start mentally investing in DIY print culture as a way to document history. (The other half of the presentation, about real estate flyers, is also interesting, though not as relevant to this site!)

Find the full description of this presentation at: memberplanet.com/events/bsa/contemp-collecting-diy and the recording at youtube.com/watch?v=BqxLE0zh5Xo.

screenshot of a slide reading "Technology and zines" with points including algorithmic bias and zines as micro-archives of experience

IZLD2020 Community Care Expectations

Community Care Expectations

Why does this document exist?

We want the IZLD event on July 21 to be a space which is welcoming, supportive, and inclusive.

We want to create a space which recognises and challenges the oppression and exploitation that some members of our community are harmed by, and some members of our community benefit from, and which strives to be free from oppressive attitudes, actions, behaviours and language.

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IZLD2020

July 21st is International Zine Library Day July 21st is International Zine Library Day! As a way of celebrating, we’ve planned virtual and multimodal events that span the globe and create a way for zine librarians to meet up from around the world. Three programming blocks run from UTC 20:00 to UTC 04:00 with all kinds of events, from workshops to panels to readings (and, of course, more). and if you’re missing strolling past the tables at a zine fair, check out our two tabling sessions, where you can drop in and see what our tabling zinesters and librarians have on showcase. There are also two ways to participate asynchronously if you can’t make it to the live event- you can submit to our cookzine compilation or participate in a snail mail zine swap. Before you join us, please make sure to review our Community Care Expectations. Don’t forget to tag your social media with #IZLD2020. We hope to see you there!

  • IZLD Kickoff: Zine Recipe Zine Share (UTC 20:00)
    (UTC+2) Tue 10:00 pm – Berlin
    (UTC+1) Tue 9:00 pm – Edinburgh
    (UTC-4) Tue 4:00 pm – New York
    (UTC-5) Tue 3:00 pm – Chicago
    (UTC-7) Tue 1:00 pm – Los Angeles
    (UTC+10) Tue 6:00 am – Sydney
  • Panel discussion: Zines and Borderlands with Luisa Martínez (UTC 21:00)
    (UTC+2) Tue 11:00 pm – Berlin
    (UTC+1) Tue 10:00 pm – Edinburgh
    (UTC-4) Tue 5:00 pm – New York
    (UTC-5) Tue 4:00 pm – Chicago
    (UTC-7) Tue 2:00 pm – Los Angeles
    (UTC+10) Tue 7:00 am – Sydney
  • Workshop: Teach With Zines (UTC 21:30)
    (UTC+2) Tue 11:30 pm – Berlin
    (UTC+1) Tue 10:30 pm – Edinburgh
    (UTC-4) Tue 5:30 pm – New York
    (UTC-5) Tue 4:30 pm – Chicago
    (UTC-7) Tue 2:30 pm – Los Angeles
    (UTC+10) Tue 7:30 am – Sydney
  • ~tabling~ (UTC 22:00)
    (UTC+2) Tue 12:00 am – Berlin
    (UTC+1) Tue 11:00 pm – Edinburgh
    (UTC-4) Tue 6:00 pm – New York
    (UTC-5) Tue 5:00 pm – Chicago
    (UTC-7) Tue 3:00 pm – Los Angeles
    (UTC+10) Tue 8:00 am – Sydney
  • Zinester Pet Show and Tell (UTC 23:00)
    (UTC+2) Tue 1:00 am – Berlin
    (UTC+1) Tue 12:00 am – Edinburgh
    (UTC-4) Tue 7:00 pm – New York
    (UTC-5) Tue 6:00 pm – Chicago
    (UTC-7) Tue 4:00 pm – Los Angeles
    (UTC+10) Tue 9:00 am – Sydney
  • Infosession: Zinewiki.com (UTC 23:30)
    (UTC+2) Tue 1:30 am – Berlin
    (UTC+1) Tue 12:30 am – Edinburgh
    (UTC-4) Tue 7:30 pm – New York
    (UTC-5) Tue 6:30 pm – Chicago
    (UTC-7) Tue 4:30 pm – Los Angeles
    (UTC+10) Tue 9:30 am – Sydney
  • Make a One Page Mini Zine Workshop (UTC 00:00) (NOTE: registration requires a code because of bots- enter zines4eva to register)
    (UTC+2) Tue 2:00 am – Berlin
    (UTC+1) Tue 1:00 am – Edinburgh
    (UTC-4) Tue 8:00 pm – New York
    (UTC-5) Tue 7:00 pm – Chicago
    (UTC-7) Tue 5:00 pm – Los Angeles
    (UTC+10) Tue 10:00 am – Sydney
  • Queer Zine Archive Project Tour,
    plus Q&A with co-founder Chris Wilde
    (UTC 00:30) (NOTE: registration requires a code because of bots- enter zines4eva to register)
    (UTC+2) Tue 2:30 am – Berlin
    (UTC+1) Tue 1:30 am – Edinburgh
    (UTC-4) Tue 8:30 pm – New York
    (UTC-5) Tue 7:30 pm – Chicago
    (UTC-7) Tue 5:30 pm – Los Angeles
    (UTC+10) Tue 10:30 am – Sydney
  • ~tabling~ (UTC 01:00)
    (UTC+2) Tue 3:00 am – Berlin
    (UTC+1) Tue 2:00 am – Edinburgh
    (UTC-4) Tue 9:00 pm – New York
    (UTC-5) Tue 8:00 pm – Chicago
    (UTC-7) Tue 6:00 pm – Los Angeles
    (UTC+10) Tue 11:00 am – Sydney
  • Panel: Zine Libraries and Zine Librarianship (UTC 02:00)
    (UTC+2) Tue 4:00 am – Berlin
    (UTC+1) Tue 3:00 am – Edinburgh
    (UTC-4) Tue 10:00 pm – New York
    (UTC-5) Tue 9:00 pm – Chicago
    (UTC-7) Tue 7:00 pm – Los Angeles
    (UTC+10) Tue 12:00 pm – Sydney
  • Zine reading: AUS creators (UTC 03:00)
    (UTC+2) Tue 5:00 am – Berlin
    (UTC+1) Tue 4:00 am – Edinburgh
    (UTC-4) Tue 11:00 pm – New York
    (UTC-5) Tue 10:00 pm – Chicago
    (UTC-7) Tue 8:00 pm – Los Angeles
    (UTC+10) Tue 1:00 pm – Sydney
  • Zine library talk with John Stevens, State Library of Victoria, AU (UTC 03:30)(UTC+2) Tue 5:30 am – Berlin
    (UTC+1) Tue 4:30 am – Edinburgh
    (UTC-4) Tue 11:30 pm – New York
    (UTC-5) Tue 10:30 pm – Chicago
    (UTC-7) Tue 8:30 pm – Los Angeles
    (UTC+10) Tue 1:30 pm – Sydney

 

Fave Codes of Conduct/Guidelines for Participation

During International Zine Month 2020, zine librarians will host an online, international event, following by a longer, more intensive zine librarians shindig later in 2020. We would like to set some guidelines (code of conduct, safer/braver spaces policy, open to other ways to identify these guidelines). The coordination working group will propose something to the rest of the organizers, based on the most useful elements from other codes/policies/guidelines.

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Quaranzines in library collections

screenshot of the article written, along with a photo of a zine

Zine librarian and librarian Gina Murrell wrote a story for Library Journal called Libraries Collect COVID-19 Stories in Quaranzines on June 1st. She talks about how zines have allowed creators to process the difficult thoughts and emotions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Find the article at libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=Libraries-Collect-COVID-19-Stories-Quaranzines.

ZLuC 2020 moving online

This year’s Zine Librarians unConference, ZLuC 2020, in Montréal has been cancelled due to COVID-19. But zine librarians from around the world are working on a virtual version of the event! http://zinelibraries.info/wiki/zluc2020/ If you’re interested in attending, stay tuned. If you’re interested in helping organize this event, please get in touch! In the meantime, join us on July 21 for a special event, being decided by ZLuC organizers right now!

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!

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