[This is the archived version; the original site is at http://mkezluc.wikispaces.com.]
This is the shared working space for putting a Zine LibrarianÂ (un)ConferenceÂ together in Milwaukee, WI in July, 2011.
The MKE ZL(u)C will be held at theÂ Golda Meir Library Conference CenterÂ on the campus of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee on Friday, July 8th and Saturday, July 9th, 2011.
What’s an (un)conference?
This is fromÂ Eric Goldhagen’s blogÂ and was written about Drupal Camp in NYC but applies to the ZL(u)C, too.
- An unconference is a participant centric conference, the structure is more concerned with the value to the participants than the value for the sponsors or organizers (in a similar way that the GPL Free Software license is more concerned with the rights of the software user than the software owner)
- At a normal conference, the hallway conversations tend to be the best parts. At an unconference, it’s all hallway!
- unconfernece tires to replicate the community centric nature of Free Software projects in the way we organize an event. Everyone is a participant.
- Whoever shows up are the right people to have here
- Whatever happens is what is supposed to happen
- If you find yourself in a place where you are neither learning or contributing, be respectful but use your feet to find another room where you can learn and contribute
- Your participation is not only welcome, it’s necessary
Just to keep track of who is willing to to what, where we are, and what skills we have, here’s a page for the conference (un)organizers.
Jenna: in NYC. happy to help with whatever. really busy during the week and has a hard time responding to emails and getting tasks done. this may change in late april/early may.
Milo: on the ground in Milwaukee. attempting to steer the ship with a little help from friends 😉
Kelly: Moving to Iowa in May. Also happy to help with any old thing. For the last ZLUC in Portland, I got coffee donated, so maybe I’ll start with that. Also, am working on ways to help people attend from afar through video conferencing.
Alycia: happy to help however I can–planning or on the ground in July.
Carolyn: on the ground in Milwaukee. Can help with specific tasks that need to be done.
Kelsey: can’t attend, but willing to help with whatever needs doing remotely.
Jessica: point-person in Special Collections. willing to help wherever it’s needed.
Molly Mathias, Learning Commons Coordinator at the UWM Libraries. Can help with facilities issues and just keeping things running smoothly.
Things we might talk about at the conference. Actually this is the (un) part of it, as discussion topics will be chosen by the group, at the conference.
Microcosm–calls for accountability and a boycott. What, if anything, should libraries do?
“Barefoot Librarians” break-out discussion. Phrase coined by Lily to describe indy/unaffiliated librarians and archivists.
Volunteer librarians, professionals, and community members working as equals. (Inspired by
http://eatingouryoung. wordpress.com/2011/02/22/non- profit-doesnt-make-you-exempt- from-shaming)
standard catalog format/software for zines? Union catalog?
Starting a collection / Moving from indy collection to institution.
Establishing a zine libraries day (during National Library Week or International Zine Month)
Starting/Continuing a collection with little/no budget, ethically (can/should a collection be based on donations alone, especially within an institutional collection?)
Managing our records: should we create a space where documentation about our collections can be gathered and shared? A meta-wiki, or something to add to an existing site, like zinelibraries.info?
Gatekeeper institutions and their place in the zine library world, especially so considering the aversion many zine-makers have to the management and restricted access that apply to collections held within such places. Also, how can gatekeepers engage with the zine community ethically? This could also be part of a broader discussion on ethics in public zine collection management.
Zine Library FAIL–lessons learned from things we wish we’d done differently
Zines and information literacy: ideas for incorporating zines into library instruction
sustaining zine collections at public libraries–convincing administration of their ongoing value
Below is the potential schedule including workshops, lunch, other sessions, and other related events.
Thursday, 7 July: Librarian Zinester reading at theÂ Tool Shed
sign-up to read (and please send aÂ short bioÂ to firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Debbie (last)
- Chris (right?)
|Check-in and Plenary
|people of color
|Tour of SC
|acquisitions and zine community
|Lunch,Â zine library day
|gatekeepers and zine community
|documentation, where to put it and how to pay for it
|online zine catalogs
|sustaining zines in public libraries
|new collection/collection transition
|tour & technical services
12: 45 zines to prisoners
|paying for zines/econ/ethics
|zine library fail
|working as equals
Post-conference attendees are invited to visit QZAP and take part in a backyard Bar-B-Que.
Here you can download PDFs of the program/zine
1) Paginated – good for reading online -Â MKEZLUC-zine
2) Booklet version – good for printing double sided and then saddle stapling -Â MKEZLUC-zine-booklet