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Teaching with Zines

Room 1200

Facilitators: Milo Miller (QZAP) &  Kelly Wooten (Duke)

Note Taker: Lauren Kehoe


Introductions – Name, affiliations, preferred pronouns, & what do we want to get out of our session?

  • Staff development
  • Information literacy
  • Undergraduates
  • Teaching with archives and special collections
  • Radical zine pedagogy integration
  • Teens
  • Scaffolding instruction
  • Inspiration for using zines in the class
  • Techniques of creating zines in the classroom to complement traditional instruction (Teaching with Zines Zine handout)
  • Zine integration in the classroom: Art, Communications, Comics & Zines
  • Ideas for teaching with zines
  • Alternative assignments in graduate classes (supplement to more boring material)
  • Zines as artifact of queer histories
  • Guidebook / Booklet: Teaching with Zines Zine — This is available at 🙂
  • Feminist pedagogy
  • Beyond making the zine workshop
  • Using zines in first year english courses
  • Get faculty more interested in zines as substantive research worthy materials


Zines in Higher Ed

Zines in K-12

Zines in independent contexts

  • Different communities have different needs and overlapping needs
    • Tailoring what you’re doing to your audience
  • Leading workshops
    • Making zines
    • Using zines
    • Combos of the two
  • What’s the structure of a zine workshop?
    • What do you wish you could do that you’re not already doing?
    • Makers/Instructors:
      • What’s a zine
        • Create a group definition of what is a zine – have zines on hand for students to look at: think, pair, share
        • What kind of things go into zines
      • Where can you find them
      • What you can expect from zines
      • Prompt of what to make a zine about (structure can be useful to new zine makers to prevent the feeling of being overwhelmed)
      • Provide context: Dissident communities have to create their own presses because they’re outside of the mainstream.  Appreciate the work it takes to make a zine
      • Distribute zines out into the world
      • Keep a journal of how zines are made
      • How to communicate ideas to the world
      • Workshop could be a group zine where everyone gets to make a page or some write, some do art
      • Lesson plan: objectives, prompts aligned with common core
      • Make mini zines
      • Zines for kids (on zineinfo) – zines aren’t always appropriate for young zine makers.  Having clip art pages at the ready for kids too.
      • How long do the workshops go? 1 hour, 15 minutes.  Could also be worked out over a semester or many week assignment: make a mini zine in 2 weeks, etc.
      • Content curation – writing that goes into making a zine.  Vulnerability, censorship, publicness of putting things out into the world. Especially working with teens.  Do discussions around these issues have room in workshops? Content and physicality (production) of making zines
        • Plenty of challenges to writing/creating.  
        • Establishing trust to get a group to embrace being creative and reflect on their feelings/thoughts
        • How to not write academically (when working with college students)
        • Considering the worthiness of a personal narrative
      • Create a zine to teach other people how to do research
  • Challenges to creating zines in a special collection or archive where scissors and glue are not allowed to be used.
  • Bring zines to students/class
  • Multiple visits to foster inspiration for zine students would make outside of the collection
  • Incorporate student zines into display of zines in the collection – establishing the value of students’ creations
  • Simmons has created kits to take to classrooms (often times using dupes from the collection so there’s one preservation copy and one extra usable copy/facsimile)
  • User overhead projector to show zines
  • Zines encourage creativity – different ways to communicate knowledge – think about audience (who may not just be a teacher)
  • Different types of learning – zine is a creative way to get ideas across.  Freedom of form. Excitement to not write a paper. But still encourage/require the process of research.  
  • Distribution and inclusion in libraries.  
  • POC Zine Project – what kind of narratives are we asking students to write?


Using Zines in the Classroom

  • Zines as sources
  • Convincing a faculty member to incorporate zines in the classroom
  • Just because it’s scholarly, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best source.  What’s not represented in traditional scholarship? How can zines supplement “valid” sources
    • Context
    • Power, authority, authenticity
    • Can students connect more immediately to zines than scholarly sources?
  • First year writing instructors are willing to take risks more regularly
  • Zine exhibits in the library – can get faculty to approach the library about using zines in the classroom
  • What approaches/strategies are employed to outreach to the faculty?  Depends on the faculty
    • Creative writing faculty – write emails without academic language of goals, objectives, scaffolding, etc. Sound less like an administrator and more like a colleague that has cool stuff.
    • Going to where faculty are.  Events, etc.
  • Collection development policy → target acquisitions so that we can teach within a variety of disciplines — alternative press budget lines (zine line in the budget)
    • Seeking underrepresented narratives (from home institution).  This validates the narrative of constituents.
    • Look to Simmons Library collection policy targeted to student population


Idea share / Remaining Questions

  • Growing a purposeful circulating zine collection
    • At Barnard there is one in climate controlled storage and the other circulates
    • Collect zines that are created by user community
  • Grading / Assessment of created zines
    • Rubric: content (ability to communicate to audience), creativity, journaling/reflection
    • Look to Teaching with a Zines Zine
    • Why is it a zine? What’s the intent of the zine? Will it be shared out?  Is this the right format/content for assignment
    • Is grading zines wrong?  Especially Perzine.
    • Has student grown over the course of the work with creating zines?  Can it be submitted within a deadline?
    • Students negotiate their rubrics

subject analysis: LCSH, LCGFT, & infiltrating SACO

Room 1101

Facilitators: Kelly Swickard

Note taker: Violet Fox


  • Folks are interested in talking about social justice and representation in subjects/genres/descriptors of people
  • How we think about semantic equivalencies across disparate vocabularies (with different worldviews, need to carefully consider what we consider to be the same concept)
  • Monographic vs. monographic series vs. series treatment
  • Minimum requirements for cataloging within the traditional catalog (moving from Tumblr descriptions)
  • Clarifying to all attendees the difference between subjects (what a resource is about) and genres/forms (what a resource is)
  • For someone starting out cataloging a new collection and wondering about specific genres that might be helpful, there’s a page on ZineLibraries that list different libraries’ subjects & genres
  • There are some subjects & genres that were come up with during Zine Union Catalog sessions listed at their notes:
  • Question about social justice oriented local vocabs/alternatives to LCSH
    • Homosaurus: an LGBTQ thesaurus
    • Open Metadata Registry:
    • Getty AAT, ARLIS Artist Book
    • Even if we have a very representative, respectful controlled vocabulary, the people applying the terms [catalogers] need to understand the culture’s vocabulary
  • Cataloged a small gift bag full of zines with very disparate subjects; which LCSH to add? Kelly recommends “[subject x] in art” and genre “pictorial work”. Frequently used genres: “poetry,” “fiction,” “autobiography”.
  • Remediation: to go back to and apply relevant headings retroactively. A challenge considering time constraints but worthwhile if possible.
  • Getty AAT is very up-to-date in terms of how they’re structuring the data, great scope notes, clear hierarchy; a useful model to look out.
  • Non-LC vocabularies are our future. LC lacks resources to maintain vocab & data structure by itself. More specialized local vocabularies will serve local populations. Data reconciliation (between vocabularies) will be rough but needs to happen. Moving away from MARC will open up who’s creating/maintaining the descriptions.
  • Having students fill out data forms to describe zines.
  • NISO report “Issues in Vocabulary Management”
  • Recommendations for new zine catalogers: take item in hand as your one source. If they describe their zine as about “graffiti”, don’t assign subject “vandalism”. If they describe themselves as “Latinx”, don’t assign a heading of “Latinos” or “Hispanics”. Try to reduce emphasis on production/quotas; catalogers need time to read/review the zine, and admin needs to allow time to engage with material. There can be good cataloging copy available; feel free to contact catalogers at institutions to discuss records/subject assignments (maybe it’s an old/bad decision), because it’s a fairly small number of libraries contributing zine records. Even if they don’t have time to do a thorough job, something is better than nothing, title/author access is better than no record at all. Ask Yahoo zine librarians email list with questions.
  • If people are interested in changing/updating/improving LCSH, Violet has created the Cataloging Lab, where folks can collaborate on proposals to change or add headings. The wiki is available at, you can find a free hour-long webinar explaining the idea here: or just get in touch with Violet!


Disability & Access to Zines

Room 1102

Notetaker: Karina

Moderator: Eli

    • filling the gap/lack of disability zines in the canon
    • how do we make it easier for people to access zines about disability?
    • access issues in zine libraries
      • digitizing zines for audio for accessibility
        • difficulty of digitizing all of the zines in the collection
      • image descriptions
      • content notes/trigger warnings
        • misconceptions about trigger warnings; making sure they’re useful for readers
      • issues for neurodivergent folks
      • isolated people
        • scanning, digitizing, mailing out zines to isolated zinester (kat)
        • back to the beginning!
    • sensory issues: producers of zines making zines that are more sensory-friendly (bigger fonts, image descriptions)
      • how would you get this started?
    • developing multiple points of access / teaching accessible & inclusive zine workshops
      • pre-cut pictures for kids who couldn’t use scissors
      • non-lingual kids could choose words
    • standards for teaching how to create accessible zines
    • creating a ready-made, digitally-accessible workshop on how to make zines for people to teach at conferences
    • resources / interest groups?
    • representation of providers/zine librarians; importance of having disabled zine librarians
    • it’s important that zine libraries & providers hire disabled zine librarians. representation matters.
    • what types of disabilities are represented in collections / zine libraries?
      • how do we catalog them? accessibility zines vs. disability zines vs. zines about disabled zinesters
        • outting yourself as a disabled person
        • self-identity / identifying
        • how do you make collections holistic instead of pigeonholing zines?
          • metadata ingested when digitizing
          • interpreting collections for your patrons
    • how do we find resources about creating accessible & inclusive zines?
    • complications of language & metadata
      • language changes so frequently
      • reclaimed slurs/words
      • some people don’t want to be called “disabled” or “people with a disability”
      • disabilities that aren’t considered a disability in the public eye
        • “invisible” or “hidden” disabilities
      • multiple access needs
        • universal design
        • calling it out, making it known if you need another format: contact info provided if you need this in a different format
    • how do we make zines accessible?
      • dyslexic-friendly fonts/typefaces
      • trigger warnings/content notes that are useful (descriptive)
      • larger fonts
      • multiple formats
        • audio zine
        • screen readers
        • scanned copy
        • braille
      • how do you make zines easier to handle for people with limited dexterity?
        • fanned or accordion-style zine
        • snip/fold alternating page corners
      • color-sensitivity
      • image descriptions
      • establishing standards so everyone has the same set of instructions
        • focus group to create standards & make a zine about them in multiple formats
      • color description
      • braille
      • identifying community resources to make zines more accessible & inclusive (i.e. a library that has a braille typewriter)
      • daisyreader
        • text to braille conversions
      • addendums/captions to each page
      • translation of zines into multiple languages
    • post-production accessibility
      • creating multiple formats
        • digital scans
        • audio
          • how do you translate words like “tbh”
          • importance of standards for work ahead of time
        • screen readers / ocr
          • barrier: anglo-alphabet letter specific
        • increase font size
        • translate into multiple languages
  • creating a workshop
    • create google doc
    • link thru zine librarian wiki & this specific conference
    • zine librarian list-serv
    • facebook group for zine librarians
    • radical reference
    • #critlib community
    • disability justice facebook groups

Note: I didn’t attend this session but wanted to add a zine one of our MFA Community Arts Graduate Students did on Disability and Accessibility in the Visual Arts Kelly Swickard at MICA Decker Library

Promoting Community-Created Information

Room 1103

Notetaker: SJ Arroyo Miller ((*Please clarify/add/change these notes as necessary!))


Opening Questions: What kind of discussions do we want to have / What do you want to talk about during this session?


  • What works and doesn’t work (people’s general experiences)?
  • What works and doesn’t work (within the subcultures that the zines are created in, and how librarians can feel confident working with those subcultures and with that information)?



  • London College of Communication & Infoshop 56A & Leila _____
    (can someone fill in the last name for this person?)
    *example of someone working with communities without taking their stuff (permission, trust, support)
  • Black Cultural Museum (I wrote down Museum but I think the speaker was referring to the Black Cultural Archives in London based on the conversation– please correct me if I’m linking the wrong thing)
    *example of a community-created archive
    (community organization, building a repository outside of established institutions)
  • Simmons College Library Zine Collection
    *example of professors/librarians sitting down with people who created the zines and asking creators how they want their work to be cataloged/identified.
    created a handout that included some example terms as a starting point; creators could circle terms that might be used for their work
    (collaboration, professors active in the scene, identifying zines the way zinesters want)
  • Hennepin County Public Library Zine Collection
    *example of a library using a brief “creator sheet” for intake– a quick questionnaire that helps the library identify/place the zine
    (identifying zines the way zinesters want)
  • University of Iowa Zine Collection
    *example of a very large collection and a “pretty complete” picture of what was being created at a certain time. Having so many of a certain genre and time period can help researchers/readers get a feel for big names, trends, conventions and slang, etc.
    rich collection made possible because of an avid collector who generously donated his zines to the library
    -crowdsourced transcriptions (ongoing) of zines
    (donations, crowdsourcing, connection to a ‘keystone’ person, “going in deep” with a certain genre and building connection with that community)
  • Mercy Sound (does anyone have a URL for this?)
    *example of documentarians within a scene
    (recording and promoting within zines)


Interesting Distinction between “Promotion” (making things available/visible) and “Support” (What can librarians offer to zinesters & marginalized communities?)


How do you get zines? Compensating creators & soliciting donations

  • Purchase zines from zinesters if possible
  • Identify institution-approved local vendors and purchase through them
  • Ask (respectfully + transparently) for donations at Zine Fests & other events
  • Explain to higher-ups what a zine budget can get for you– how many zines can you get with $X; how having X zine collection materials can give make your institution/organization visible to people in X community
  • Can you use reimbursement forms to purchase zines?

How do you make your collection visible? How do you make zines accessible to people who don’t quite ‘get it’?


Ideas for Physical Arrangement

  • Wire spinner racks
  • Face-out shelving
  • Next to circulation desk and new books
  • On the same floor as art, music, lit, and periodicals
  • Near a community bulletin board
  • Next to “What are Zines?” mini zines / Next to information about your collection
  • Near zine-making kits that people can check out
  • Put the original copy in archives / put the photocopy in circulation
  • Inside comic book cases and other protective plastic sleeves
  • Shelved by genre (roughly)
  • “Take some leave some” crate
  • “Off the grid” style with no official maintenance / organic community use (people take and share on their own) or security-stripped, labelled, library-involved style (keep circ statistics to justify zine collection and programming, make zines part of the official library collection)




Ideas for Programming & Getting Zines Out There

  • Zine-making kits
  • Art mobile, library bike, pop-ups
  • Take zines to events, conferences, etc
  • Academic libraries partner with photography/art/design/writing programs (display projects, share resources, give students a chance to do something fun, etc)


Internet Presence

  • Digitization– are you promoting with permission? & de-accession of collections by creator request
  • Is your collection searchable? / is your database online?
  • “About the Collection” / if you want to see these zines, come to this location
  • Instagram & Social Media: Zine covers! Events! Patron-created content!

Notes from Friday sessions:

Subjects – non LCSH

Facilitator: Elissah. Notes: Honor, Jenna, and Violet


Alternative methods in use



  • Genres
  • Narrative description
  • (LCSH)


  • Moving into Anchor (from subject keywords)




  • Are zines item-level cataloged? How do they show up in discovery layers?
    • MCTC: discovery layers can be a little funky with Dublin Core/xZINECOREx
    • MCTC: zine catalog separate from main ILS
    • Multiple: Alma not so great for zines (and other materials)
    • Primo discovery layer configurable
  • MCTC: Chose xZINECOREx to make it more possible for students to help with cataloging
  • xZINECOREx introductory zine (from 2013) available in pdf format at This page also links to the Zine Union Catalog notes
  • xZINECOREx map to/from MARC available at (Violet adds: I’m not sure if this is the most current version? Someone more knowledgeable should double check! But it is *a* map.)
  • Cutter and Paste: A DIY Guide for Catalogers Who Don’t Know About Zines and Zine Librarians Who Don’t Know About Cataloging
  • MICA: transform with MarcEdit
  • MICA & Barnard in ILS and visually accessible
  • MICA: zine subjects identified by stickers
  • Do you provide guidelines to your students for abstract writing?
    • MCTC: exercise–starts with page-length abstracts and has them cut and cut
    • Btw there are NISO guidelines for abstracts
    • Barnard: edit with track changes, encourages description of visual elements
    • MICA: lots of visual materials, sometimes without text, so teaches students about bracketed description. No bias, e.g. “graffiti,” not “vandalism”
  • Jenna: document your practices
  • What is provenance?
    • Comes from archives world
    • Documenting where zines have come from
    • Also: data provenance, e.g. who all has edited a record
    • MCTC: aha moment about the value of provenance when she realized she didn’t know which zines were their zine collection seed from Chris Dodge, or from the Zine Apothecary
    • Harvard: a purchase that was divided between multiple libraries, third party donation–do creators and former owners get recorded

Student Labor in Zine Cataloging and Description


  • Has associate’s degree program, so sophisticated student worker pool
  • xZINECOREx created by students, closely overseen by Elissah
  • Assistants help, too (not overseen by Elissah)
  • Bonus: mentors students into technical services


  • Students write abstracts, do processing
  • Hire students holding marginalized identities

Community libraries

  • Volunteer labor can also be empowering
  • Volunteers (active catalogers) create terms that they use to describe themselves


  • Discussion of radical cataloging with MFA students
  • Developed quirky keyword phrases, e.g., “white European male writers” and “books you should have read in high school but didn’t”
  • Art students benefit from having their zines in a library collection

Subject vs. Physical Description

  • These are separate fields in MARC and xZINECOREx
  • “Don’t say more than you know”
  • Do you reach out to zine creators?
    • Check their website/shop
    • Email them: good for getting information and also building relationships
    • Hennepin County: has a form for zine makers to fill out upon ingest. MICA, too. Also asks for keywords.

Archives vs. Libraries

  • Order matters. Collections are significant, not just individual items.
  • Discovery layers are inadequate for archives.
  • Photograph original order
  • Finding aid statement on original order
  • U Iowa: item-level description in ArchivesSpace, with descriptive provenance
  • Finding aids in pdfs

Present vs. Future

  • Cataloging for now for the people
  • Cataloging for History
  • Hardcore researchers, for now, still have to ask for metadata beyond what’s available in the OPAC.
  • MCTC: aspirational data for when the


Zines and Social Justice

North Reading Room

Notetaker: Eli Scriver

Moderator: Poliana


    • How do we keep zines safe even in public libraries
      • Consult zinesters, contact zinesters, CONSENT in acquisition
      • Give opportunity for pseudonym
      • Possibly written consent (as opposed to verbal)
    • How to ensure zine libraries are equitable in a social justice lens
      • Ask zinesters if they have translated versions of zines
      • Bilingual workshops
      • The profession is still 85% white, equitable collections need to start from the top
      • Collection development in other languages


  • Make it clear that you accept zines in other languages


      • How to make sure zine acquisition in public libraries is equitable
        • Are you paying them?
        • Do the zinesters have the resources to deal with bureaucracy?
        • Can you trade-orient?


  • Be mindful of the history, reflect history


    • Space for local zines, reflect community
      • Top down, are your hiring practices reflecting your community?
      • Create space for patrons to create zines regularly, contribute to library-made zines
      • Go into schools, make a call for teachers to create student workshops


  • Libraries host zinefests, remove money barrier and thus class/racial barrier to zinefests


      • How to create opportunity for marginalized people without teaching experience to create workshops?
        • Co-teach, be an assistant
        • The best way to teach a workshop is to take the workshop
    • If librarians are collecting zines, what other materials are being collected to explain zines? CONTEXT
      • Put zines into social justice displays, exhibition




      • Can the definition of zines be exclusionary?
        • Are audio versions of zines still zines?
        • Are translations still zines?
        • Are comics zines?


  • Zines by intent, or zines by metamorphosis?


      • How do you define social justice? Is it dangerous to define social justice?
        • Don’t judge singularly
        • Connect to community groups
        • Host or connect to Zinefests


  • Social justice by intent, or social justice by metamorphosis?


  • “What happens if you get a gay Nazi zine?”
    • Collection policy


Zine Union Catalog session 1 (introduction & Q&A session)

Seminar Room: no moderator, Milo – timekeeper, Kelly S. – notes




Lauren Kehoe & Jenna Freedman: working on MA in digital humanities – Graduate Center


Zine Union Catalog a brief history what it is:

  • Model after Worldcat or DPLA
  • Shared and benefits scholars, zinesters, zine librarians
  • What is a Union Catalog – harmonize the data
  • An earlier version of this presentation’s slides are available at
  • Accomplishments from 2009-2016
    • Conference calls
    • Email list
    • Constituent surveys
    • Lots of documentation is out there on Zine
    • Development of metadata schema
    • CollectiveAccess as a platform – open access DAMS with great flexibility comes great complexity, QZAP is already in there
    • Grant writing: Lauren writing new grant using Jennifer’s grant as a model (close to getting a Knight Foundation grant, an NEH grant was sadly paused because of Reasons, but Lauren has identified new grant opportunities for 2018 and future); zinecatproject [at]
    • Conference presentations: Lauren doing independent study and presentations and workshops are part of this, mostly in New York.
    • Zine Librarians Code of Ethics
  • May 2018 strategic planning paper describing the roadmap of ZUC is available at
  • There’s an intro page available at
  • ZUC community focus
    • Jenna and Lauren doing much of the labor at the moment because they’re doing it for a grade; they still very much see it as a community project
    • There is a ZUC advisory board which Jenna and Lauren communicate with at somewhat irregular intervals
    • People should feel free to email Jenna & Lauren at zinecatprojet [at] gmail, or to communicate with the ZUC email discussion list as well
  • Using Collective Access – single map
    • Title, Author, Format of object (physical zine, audio zine, etc.), Date Created, Location Created, Related Collection, external URL – linking out to external collection
  • 2016-2017 – blog, advisory board, prototype!!, paused on an NEH grant
  • NEH grant hopefully will come up
  • ZineCat Prototype:
    • Denver Zine Library on spreadsheet
    • QZAP – zinecore
    • Barnard Zine Library – MARC, LCSH
    • Lauren did data mapping from sample sets – CollectiveAccess difficult interface but provide services (need grant to get this)
    • See presentation for the examples of data reconciliation
    • CollectiveAccess has the ability to allow to create authorities of entities
    • Need to work out how to ingest records
    • Browse by Object types, people, collections
    • Took several months to ingest 90 records that were incomplete – respect for metadata/catalogers having to deal with data issues
    • Each record gets a UNI or URI – so can create a permanent link to record as each record has unique number
  • For 2018, focus on:
    • project management
    • decision making
    • grant writing
    • reconnecting – reporting back to zine librarians
    • Independent study
  • Next Steps
    • More records – getting more records into Union Catalog
    • More libraries – getting more places in the Union Catalog
    • Mutual metadata (that’s anarchist for “authority control”)
    • Maybe some money

Questions and Comments

  • What about using URIs for Linked Data and authority control? Milo said it is possible to configure it to include URIs for entities. Have to set up so it wouldn’t ingest it as flat rather make sure ingest URI as link. Question regarding names and whether names included or not.  Jennifer said about grant funded SNAC To do name authority for archives. Don’t have batch ingest. Would we want to join this project or not. Honor SNAC Has had problems with how they ingested data – usually just scraped data and made assumptions about data that is not good. Need to revisit to see if they have corrected their methodology and fundamental data flaws.
  • Western Name authorities is another project: Western Name Authority Project:
  • Entity management – identity management versus Name authority – Honor “moving away from shoe-horning zine creators into PCC/traditional model”. Data structure models that need to work with our zine creators
  • Joshua: PCC is doing International Standard Name Identifier project. Identity management direction versus name authority. Making sure labels are on URI
  •  Ziba: how are you planning to get more libraries. Jenna – put it on GITHUB repository, or email to Jenna prefer .csv file. Trying to get Carnegie because using LibraryThing
  • Honor: happy to move away from name authority – to mutual metadata – again with aspirational cataloging/metadata for the future systems. International zines and collections see if we can figure out ways to include them
  • Eric: like what we are talking about less authority more of linking people to their work and/or related works – but only if person or group want. Identity rather than authority. Need/want to create an international unique identifier for entities
  • Kat – please explain further mutual metadata. Milo talking about the metadata at different institutions – and figure out what data is needed to describe a zine and normalize data so the same zine is described the same at different institutions
  • Last go-around 2-3 what priorities for next step:
    • Joshua: need to put consent in; Honor put in also dark archive – embargo data for time period
    • Ziba: to make it known more worldwide
    • Jenna: building accessibility into design from the start not as afterthought
    • Elissah – same as Jenna
    • Jennifer: where is the money coming from and time
    • Harris: not aware of ZineCat – access points and easily searchable
    • Kat: making sure people know about this, especially for POC zine creators doing alternative systems – encouraging this is happening
    • Milo: making sure to record the goings on and documentation for transparency – make zinecat its own repository
    • Eric: issues of getting the records from libraries and making sure system is set up so can ingest data correctly and well – so not have to go back
    • Honor: making sure people know about it so people can contribute when they have capacity to do so and not slow down the project in order for people to set on or off project as needed
    • Ella: visual resources use these
    • Eric: need to start using project management tools.
    • Elissah do this presentation at zine fests, come up with presentation template in
    • order to get the word out



Zine Librarian Code of Ethics

Digitizing Zines

Introduction :

The audience of this section are zine creators, librarians, researchers and other users of zines.

Unless clearly stated otherwise, assume that creator has all rights and permissions to their work, including copyright.  Every work is automatically copyrighted, whether or not it is sent to the Library of Congress. Creators may add additional right statements.

Radical empathy relationships

What is digitization?

Full zine :

Cover or exerpt :

Metadata only :

Why digitize?

Access :

Preservation :

Why not digitize?

Access :

Content : “dangerous material” – afterlife of zines; censorship?


Material culture aesthetics : originally a print object

Permissions :


Digitizers (potentially)

When possible, request permission from creator before putting any aspect of their zine online, including the cover.


Creators are encouraged to be explicit as to their rights. If creating a comp zine, consider the rights of all of the contributors.

Readers & researchers

Zines are covered by fair use; however, zines are special!


Dos & Donts, Questions to Consider



Actions & Reactions

Case Studies

Blog posts? Ongoing?

Bibliography & links

Zine Union Catalog session 2 (decision making process & governance structure)


Live streaming/recording at

Meeting number: 744 609 476
Meeting password: zinesters


Governance Structure proposal (what’s being discussed in the recording)


  • Suggestions on edits/additions to governance proposal:
    • Accessibility should perhaps be added as a glaring. Should equitability and diversity be a part of accessibility group?
    • Ways to get new members. Perhaps a membership or concerns of new team members. Meeting new people where they are.
    • Advisory group might best be made up of people who will be end users of the catalog. Original idea was to get subject matter experts together, but future needs will necessitate end user input.

Project management software:


Collection Development and Acquisition

North Reading Room

Facilitators: Denise Liu

Note Taker: Eli Scriver




    • Collection Development Policy
    • How to start Acquisition
    • Institutional buy-in
    • Red Flags
    • Structure in which acquisitions occur (vendorship)
    • Ethically acquiring zines from creators
    • Maintaining relationships and consent with creators
    • Consent form for use, display, circulation





  • Collection Development Policy


      • REMEMBER: Policy is editable
      • Possibly: Read other organization’s policy
      • Possibly: Base off larger institution’s policy
      • Possibly: Throw zines into another collection development policy, de facto policy off-the-books


  • Policy is a good way to say no to stuff you don’t want


      • What are you looking for (social justice, demographics, etc)?


  • Are you collecting individually or are you taking donations of entire collections?


      • Ethically, do you allow yourself to break up the collection? Gift Agreements
      • Do collections hold more weight/meaning as a whole? Do you keep ephemera? Mixed media?



  • How to Start Acquisition


      • Join/contact Listserve, facebook page


  • Zinefests


      • Create community network


  • Join mailing lists


      • Buy from bookstores in the area that buy zines
      • Social media


  • Zine distros


      • Make a zine about the fact that you’re taking zines


  • ETSY


    • Visit zinefest website, go to exhibitors list and contact them



  • Institutional Buy-In


    • Use their own words (reflect their mission statement)
    • Do you have support?
    • Work with your business office
    • Have buy-in from technical services (acquisitions, accounting) first
    • Have tangible evidence of patron support
    • Support of instructors, curriculum, research, local relevance
    • Academic journals/articles proving the legitimacy of zines as a medium
    • Have buy-in from cataloguers worrying about being overwhelmed (put in stipulations for size, format)



  • Red Flags


    • Consent of creators when you receive secondary-source donations (are you required to contact them? ESPECIALLY if digitizing)
    • Pay attention to zine librarian code of ethics (hate speech, violation of privacy, etcetera)



  • Structure/Vendorship


      • 2 kinds of collection development policy- institutional and zine-specific
      • Find collections to buy from nationally? Zine Librarians Listserve
      • Distros can become vendors
      • PO to Etsy? To bookstores that carry zines?


  • Semi-formal agreements to let bookstores be vendors, then feed creators through bookstores


    • Have select individuals become vendors, then go through the individual?
    • Institutional P-cards sometimes work





  • Ethical Acquisition


    • Buy from zinesters as much as you can (see Structure/Vendorship)
    • Do you come from a place with resources?
    • Represent organization ethically, Zine Librarian Code of Ethics
    • Have a consent form/transaction form for donations and Zinefests



  • Maintaining Relationships


      • Possibly: join mailing lists
      • Consider yourself a member of the zine community, not an observer
      • Pay them


  • Distros




  • Consent Forms


    • Consent for use in library
    • Consent for display

Consent for circulation

    • Consent to digitize
    • Ask about pseudonyms- who is the author(s)?
    • Ask about artist credit
    • Context? Description?
    • Titles and keywords
    • Date made
    • Price
    • Signature?


Lunchtime Session: CollectiveAccess discussion


Info about International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF): About IIIF, Technical details/Quickstart Guide, IIIF on Github, how to create a IIIF Manifest. There’s tons more documentation, just dig down into these links for more.


Release notes from CollectiveAccess developers on the fact that Pawtucket 2 1.7 has a “built-in” IIIF server.


CollectiveAccess Commmunity website (featuring an interview with Milo of QZAP! [QZAP uses CollectiveAccess, here. )


CollectiveAccess users GoogleGroup. (Please feel free to join!)


ABC No Rio’s (as-yet-unpopulated) CollectiveAccess-based Zine catalog.


International Scene

Seminar Room 204

Facilitator: Lisa from Iowa

Note Taker: Eli Scriver



  • Social Justice
  • Connecting with international zine libraries
  • Languages in collections
  • International zines contexts and culture
  • Acquisitions



  • Punk rock in Russia


    • South Africa during the AIDS crisis
    • Anarchy, in general
    • Underground politics









    • Translation resources
    • Decide- are you in the business of translation? Helping people translate?
    • Bilingual zine workshops
    • Reflect your community’s languages
    • Encourage students to make zines in other languages
      • Can create opportunity for intl trade?





    • Latin America- books and short stories bound in cardboard, libros cartoneros
    • Asia- very few queer zines
    • India- Bombay Underground, less political, more women and children
    • Lök Zine- Italy
    • Sometimes culturally funded





    • Shipping? Reliable postal services?
    • Again with the vendor problem
      • Buy from bookstores? Distros?
    • Institutional bureaucracy issues, acquisitions department cooperation
    • International kickstarters?
    • Is pasting the label “zine” onto non-zine-identified intl self-publications a form of colonization?
    • Look for: anarchy bookstores, art bookstores, etcetera


Grant Opportunities

July 13, Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library

North Reading Room, 2:30-4:00pm

Facilitator: Janice Lea Lurie, Minutes:Denise Liu



  • Read the directions, follow the directions
  • Make sure all the elements asked for are included
  • Making a zine based on an event (zine as outcome of event) might be a more successful pitch,
    • example: Juxtaposition (youth art non-profit in NE Minneapolis) produced the zine ‘Pay 2 Play’ based on a larger research project around racial inequity in art making, minority ownership and investment in Minneapolis art spaces.
    • Example: Amy McNally was involved in organizing event/  a zine created in conjunction with the exhibit TransFabulous: Beyond the Binary at Hennepin County Library.
  • Design the project first
    • Time of other ppl, new hires required
    • How long it’s going to take
    • Pilot project & outcomes that help determine the above

[We introduced ourselves around the room well into the discussion – it was already that engrossing!]


Determine the following while designing the project, ie. grant panels need to know the rationale:

  • What you’re going to do.
  • How you’re going to do it.
  • How long it’s going to take, and how you determined this (pilot project?)
  • How outcomes are going to be measured.
  • Who is the community being served, who will benefit from the outcomes, and how you know this.


  • Standards for grant-writing – do you have any local practices? [a couple folks did, I didn’t catch their points, I apologize -DL]




  • Seed grant / Innovation grant / Ideas grant – many names!


    • Pocket of money that supports innovative new projects (internal grant process, $4800). Margit had success with starting the zine collection at Hennepin County Library. Funds were used to purchase supplies, equipment, display furniture, workshop & program facilitators.


  • Matching grants (meeting same amount of funds being donated) – how to do this??
  • Challenge: how can get zine $$ with large-scale grants ($10,000+)? Can you tie zines into a bigger project or funding for a large collection to include funding for zines?



  • Indiegogo vs. You Caring vs. Go Fund Me vs Kickstarter
  • Plus and minuses to each model; some are all-or-nothing, some will take a large-ish portion of your raised money at the end of the campaign.



  • Can you collaborate/ form partnerships with other local organizations to highlight marginalized communities, by the people who belong to those communities? Example: Skid Row zine
  • Semi-truck Outreach – Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,  Kristin Alexander. Programming is in the works, collection includes zines. Stay tuned!
  • Laundromat Outreach – Sovanneary – Saint Paul Public Library
  • E-cards for patrons issued on site, with some tech issues (general outreach for increasing SPPL library users; SPPL zine collection in future).



  • How can libraries use zines as one way (of many) to help vulnerable persons and communities?  
  • Los Angeles Public Library – Angi Brzycki is developing a project to involve homeless in LA.
  • Recommended reading from Janice:  My Grandmother’s Hands: radicalized traumas and the pathway to mending our hearts and bodies.
  • Zine-making in hospitals? HCMC might be a good place to partner with because they seem to have $$. Made by patients, caregivers – zine making as form of therapy, release, relief from tedious recovery process.



  • NEA- maybe?
  • MRAC (Metropolitan Regional Arts Council) – maybe? Has provided funding for a non-zine project.
  • Northern Spark – partnership with Hennepin County Library, zine-making on site.
  • Libraries Without Borders – maybe?
  • Helped to fund the purchase of laptops
  • MLA (Minnesota Library Association) jenny sippel was responsible for landing an MLA mini grant ($1000) to promote the zine collection & upgrade the zine display in 2011. Contact:
  • Local arts organizations – maybe? Partnerships can depend on the focus of your zine project (example: mama zines? Maybe think about approaching local health centers).
  • CSPG?


Names & contact info were exchanged via session group email

  • Poliana Irizarry asked if there was going to be a conference-wide sharing of contact info (good question!); consensus was that courtesy toward individual privacy should be extended/ considered, but for the meantime, we could share within the session group by consent of passing around Denise’s laptop).
    • Violet adds: everyone who was registered to attend ZLuC (and gave permission to have their name listed) is listed here: If you’re looking for contact info for someone specific who attended ZLuC, get in touch with the organizers and we can connect you (if the person agrees to be contacted!)


Zine Union Catalog Pt. II: Decision Making Structure

Facilitator(s): Jennifer, Jenna, Lauren, Eric

Notetaker: Kat


Initial draft written in August 2016


Herders (Steering committee): “Volunteer-driven” committee that has seven elected members; diversity of perspectives wanted; each member has an equal vote and a one year appointment. Duties include:

  • Decide strategies, seek feedback depending on current needs and issues
  • Nominate candidates, revise documentation annually
  • Meet six times a year

Questions raised:

  • Where will elections take place? (virtually? Anually at ZLuC?)
  • Who is a member, who can vote, how many votes- per person or institution?


Glarings (Standing Committees): Share docs and info with each and herders

Potential glarings (by topic):

  • Funding
  • Technology
  • UX & Design

Questions raised:

  • Should accessibility have its own glaring? Should the theoretical accessibility glaring be an equity glaring?
  • Should there be an outreach/inreach committee for new members, potential members?


Fast Horses (Ad Hoc Committees):

  • Will arise as needed


Advisory Board: Help herders provide feedback/transparency and help prioritize (current list of board members read aloud)

  • Eventually end users and subject matter experts will make up board/each year, an assessment of what we need to be advised on



  • Call for nominations one month prior to election
  • Self-nominations are okay
  • Current documentations says elections will be held in December (some concerns about the timing of elections, particularly for academic librarians; however, some agreement that there will be no universal good time for elections)
  • Question as to how to ensure diversity of caticorns


Some discussion about potentially using project management software to keep track of time spent (Eric suggests Open Redmine)


Next Steps:

  • Lauren: write the grant, hopefully by December
  • Are names too silly?
  • Scholarly article about anarcho-punk/communal style of Zine Union Catalog planning (Kat, Jennifer, Elissah)


Notes from Saturday sessions:

Zine Union Catalog session 3: hack-a-thon


Sub-group: Grants/Decision-making proposal:

We didn’t get around to hacking the decision-making proposal, but here are our notes about grants:


Sub-group: Records Ingest:

Software for ZineCat: CollectiveAccess – Provenance is the back end cataloging part; Pawtucket is the out-facing (end user) part

Register at Zine Union Catalog

Giving user access – once access and register scroll to bottom of page > click on User Dashboard = CollectiveAccess dashboard

Going over terminology of dashboard

Can edit dashboard Milo encourages to do this first

Doing a batch import

Eric emailing us for the import mapping – can split field to be part of record for item and then in authority record

Mapping file discussion

Rule type = what we are doing with the source sheet (skip, map, setting)

Source = column number

Table element = (table name and field name in table) what table to put it in

Group = take multiple items and group them

Options =

Refinery =

Refinery parameters =

Original values =

Replacement values =

Source Description =


Discussion on mapping and how it functions.


Sub-group Zine wiki editing and Zine wiki data/Accessibility

Elissah, Honor, Kat, Violet


Federal funding for libraries require section 508 compliance and Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), 2.0.;

Here’s some background articles:  Here are 3 helpful articles about why state schools are more focused on Section 508 (it has a lot to do with another part of the ADA called Section 504 and court cases- so googling Section 508 and Section 504 is a good idea).

From Educause:

From Inside Higher Education:

Wichita State University, that school has until 2020 to comply with a settlement. case basically mandates that any required course material (textbook, adaptive courseware, built in quiz, link to a resource) has to be accessible.  Even if the course material is provided by a third party vendor. It also has a lot to say about the greater college’s accessibility and culture.


Making Digital History Accessible includes brief bibliography


Kat has been working on accessibility bibliography, gives as a basic starting point (includes contrast checking, etc.). There are a number of third-party vendors (like WebAIM) who will provide compliance certification

This could be built into grant proposals


Making things mobile friendly has some accessibility benefits: zooming, simplifications

Making sure catalog can be used with screen reader

Need to think about tab structure; tabbing to search box, tabbing to results

Back end usability: same goes for tab structures


We may never have fully compliant digital objects; it can be acceptable to have a plan via a campus/organization accessibility resource center; but some organizations will only support students if they have a formal IEP in place.


ACTION GRANT PEOPLE: it would be a good idea to include Third Party Certification for Accessibility in the proposal.  Have someone like WebAIM certify and document the accessibility of the ZUC that gets built.


OTHER ACTION: once we have a good idea of the accessibility this site has baked in, we should make a statement about what is accessible and what needs work.  


Universal design approach may not look “flashy” enough to people who are expecting a certain aesthetic, so we’ll want to be transparent about the design choices we made and why we made them


Public Library Concerns

Doty Board Room

Facilitators: Amy McNally

Note Taker: Eli Scriver




  • Lessons Learned/Common Issues
  • Community
    • Zines as an Outreach Tool
    • Programming
    • Marketing/Advertisement
  • Technical
    • Circulation/Access
    • Institutional Buy-In
    • Cataloging





      • If someone steals a zine, is that good or bad? Did they need it? Do you replace it?
        • Maybe? Assume someone needs it if they steal it
      • Keep a reference copy
      • Magnetize zines
      • Keep acquisitions regular (don’t let the collection stagnate)
      • Searchable but not requestable (at least in beginning, possibly)
      • Possibly: have a collection focus


  • Have a collection development policy so that you can reject zines


      • Workshop policy
    • Make a little free library of zines, use that as evidence for support







    • Zine bike- take the collection out
      • pop-up library
    • Join/create art festivals, zinefests
    • Create zines collaboratively alongside events, to document
    • Table at zinefests
    • Make library cards at zinefests
    • Work with nonprofits
      • Work with groups that serve marginalized communities
    • Use libraries as community spaces to create zines





    • Go through existing programming first
    • Workshops for communities
      • Teach: what are zines?
      • Teach: how to make zines
      • Teach: how to lead a zine workshop
      • Then, let community take the reins
    • Teens make zines as a lead-up to the zinefest
      • Remove barrier





    • Display
    • Art/Music/Literature area
    • Put them by community events board
    • Consider: teen or adult appropriate
    • DEMCO? Display types
      • Magazine racks
      • Display racks
      • Picture book racks
      • Hanging clear folder racks
    • Social media
      • Do you go through the public library page?
      • Hashtags?
      • Tumblr?
      • Do you create your own page?
      • Post in existing zine groups in your area (Facebook)







    • Circulation loss/damage fees?
    • Zine security strips/magnetization
      • Does the strip compromise the zine?
    • Keep your collection current or also collect zines from the past
    • Keep in contact with zinesters- do they want the zines circulating or not?
    • Possibly: buy two, circulate one. Buy one, photocopy, circulate photocopy.
    • Interlibrary Loan?





      • Push-back to “replaceability” view of zines (loss, stolen, fees)
        • From institutions AND cataloguers
      • Often helps if institution is centered around/cares about equity, since zines revolve around marginalized identities and politics
      • Highlight patron/artist/zinester support
      • Find where the institution connects with your mission- use their language


  • Find support within cataloguers and internal, advertise to STAFF first


      • Makes purchasing and cataloging easier





    • To catalog or not to catalog?
    • Catalog as generic magazine or generic paperback
    • Putting it in archives might hinder “replaceability”  view of zines
    • Cataloguers might push back
    • As teen or as adult?
    • Collection focus? Tags?
    • Update donation page



July 14, RKMC Room, 9:30-10:45am


Facilitator N/A, Note taker: Denise


Introductions! Tell us about your collection, arrangement & preservation practices.


Derek: DePaul University Library

  • Zine collection is archival, non-circulating, open to public. Cartons are brought to patron for browsing on site. Finding aid  pdf is printed off, list of titles.
  • Each is housed in a acid-free file folder, inside acid-free boxes; folders and sub-folders. Started in the 1980’s.
  • Chicago Great Lakes Collection is largest component.
  • Donations are welcome; previously formed collections have been donated.
  • Started as zines housed in record carton boxes, no way to search except for flipping through physically. Modelled after system developed by [didn’t catch name – please ask Derek if curious], collection is searchable by title only.
  • In house processing workflow developed; zines are now arranged by topic, then by genre & alphabetically by title.
  • New zines/art made by incarcerated individuals are actively being scanned & digitized.

Tom: MCTC Library

  • XzinecoreX for cataloging, Anchor Archive subject headings
  • New website now includes a couple dozen scans of covers, a few featured zines include page scans. We’re still working out some linking to cover images.
  • Catalog has existed since 2000 in different iterations; we upload Excel sheets to Google Fusion to manage records on the backend.
  • Weeding/ Inventory – haven’t inventoried in ages, we weeded years ago to eliminate duplicates and items that were more like independent publications than zines.
  • We don’t have an archival commitment within any part of our library collection policy (for all our collections in the library).
  • Arrangement: Alphabetical by title, then issue; sits in Pendaflex hanging file folders, together (not separated). Labelled in corner with first 4 letters of title.


Heidi: Minneapolis Institute of Art

  • Cross-pollinating goal at ZLuC; rights & access & preservation. Interested in starting a collection at MIA.
  • Not sure if MIA has any zines but there is an artists’ book collection (these are in Collections storage – climate & humidity controlled, acid-free boxes & storage containers; access via collections catalog in optic record, treated as object). You can make an appointment to see items at the Print Study Room. Publicly accessible  Area that hasn’t been assess, and where would they live/ be situated within MIA’s collection.
  • How do you capture/describe the visual content of a zine?


Carla: St Olaf College Libraries

  • About 80 zines, currently uncataloged.
  • Thinking about cataloging individually for author, title, subject, genre access points.
  • How can we make the collection physically accessible, how to make the records accessible? Considering using MARC edits.
  • Tom – depending  on the goal of your collection (loan policies, ILL, your time commitment, etc.)
  • Carla’s the one-person zine cataloging team at St.Olaf; collection could grow in a modest way.
  • Student worker made a spreadsheet to help search for OCLC records (with some success!).


Large advantages in being able to physically browse through collection as discovery opportunity.


Carla: Are there any items that are self-destructing in your collection? And what do you do about that (withdraw and/or digitize?) Ethics of digitizing.

Tom: Our zines can get brittle bc of the quality of the paper. But we don’t have an archival mission. We tend to have to let go of zines & let the collection’s life evolve that way.

Carla: Ed Rucher’s stained paper object; it will decay, but there must be an acceptance of the ephemerality & temporality of the piece.

Kevin: Some materials are so acidic that they are digitized (access copy) but is kept in storage, no longer handled. We’d do the same probably with our zines.

Carla: MHS does encapsulation of super fragile items.


Researching About Zines and with Zines

Radical Empathy approach to researching zines – a meaningful way: What does this look like?

See article by Michelle Caswell – Journal of Contemp Archival studies

See Radical Empathy Tumblr from librarian at Bingham

Alternative approach to archives – rights and law based – feminist framework:

  • 4 relationship archivist to donor, researcher, community, (creator), subject, and a 5th eachother

Build an integrity for materials and their living creators

How has this approach changed how you work with researchers?

Canadian bibliographic society paper on cataloging and empathy

Feminist approach: Intersectionality. Dismantel-ing white supremacy

Maria Accardi Feminist pedagogy for library instruction

Intuitive wholistic immersive research experience with zines

Zines are so personal, primary documents without filters and the learning is so immediate

Crit Lit term – Ahhhhh!

Read new publication: Freedom of the Presses – about primary materials research can change perceptions, transform learning

Research tools for zines!:

Websites ; publishers ; distributors ; collectives ; distros ; traces on the web to connect the dots ; 80s /90s – use Factsheet Five (metazine) – directory of zines will help correlate dates to an issue ; Larry Bob – (descriptive) compendium – Queer Zine Explosion ;  ActionGirl Guide ; MRR – Maximum Rock and Roll (get back issues!) ; to what extent is it appropriate to expose the data – history ; “Cite this zine” ; see Barnard’s zine site and catalog; Booklyn manuals ; QZAP – queer zine archive project ; Anchor Archive Subject Headings…  ; GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco ( ; Canadian and Lesbian Archive ; Books – from Research – – Bingham center zines – zine anthologies; Two volume set: Queer Zines – associated with book fair (printed matter);

What happens when researchers approach creators?:  

zine library code of ethics use as guide.

Researcher/student Reflection Exercises:

survey at the end of classes – one thing you learned?, outstanding question?, how do you feel?, Immediate after research instruction questions and then outside of class reflections adding to google docs.




MarcEdit: how-to workshop


Tech fail!


Connexion links for peeps  who want to up their game”


OCLC sponsored training:

Includes recorded webinars, tutorials, and links to other documentation

Built in connexion macros:


Other macros (Joel Hahn’s macros) (Walt Nickeson’s macros)


MARCEdit Tutorials

MARCEdit page

University Illnois

MARCEdit tutorials on Youtube


REMIND Honor to ask Collin and Rhonda if they mind sharing publicly their presentation on MARCEdit.



July 14, Best Buy Lab, 10:45-12pm

Facilitator: Violet Fox, Note-taker: Denise Liu


Roles, currently:

  • Jenna Freedman hosts
  • Violet Fox edits & creates a lot of content


Challenges/ Problems / What can we add?


  • No page about cataloging specifically, aside from note from a previous ZLuC.
  • Lauren volunteers to create a cataloging page, to explain union catalog, the basics, etc
  • Elizabeth would also like to help!



  • What should be on the NEW cataloging page?


    • Catalog resources: Zinecore info, link to Barnard’s catalog, Anchor Archives subject headings.
    • Who is our audience? How basic should it get: zine subjects, genres,
    • Workflows
    • Sample meta data records might be helpful, for both MARC and Zinecore. Link out to different tools, like LibraryThing.
    • How do you adapt MARC to catalog zines? Examples from Elissah’s system. Action item Denise: Ask Elissah for permission to share handouts on the wiki (they’re very digestible – they’re meant for our student workers & LIS interns).



  • Donation Forms – new page


    • Templates for donors/ creators – permissions, identifying creator, life of item in collection, withdrawal policies, etc.
    • QZAP already has a donation form, but multiple sessions have been talking about developing



  • Circulation Policies – new page under


    • Loaning policies/ fine (how do they align with the rest of your library’s collections), Circulating/ non-circulating models – Barnard Library (one circ, one digitized). Depends on your collections’ purpose/ goal.
    • List of considerations would be helpful to those developing policies. Examples: housing, security tape, barcoding / accession numbering / institutional labelling.



  • Donations to the actual WIki


    • Action item Violet: consult Jenna.



  • Zine Fests listing


    • Linking out to other sites/directory like @fanzines.



  • Acquisitions – new page!


    • Stolen Sharpie has list of distros
    • – link to for bookshops that carry zines
    • Resources for shopping zines, list of book shops that will work with libraries to sell zines (create PO’s, etc.).



  • The About page


    • Moniker “interest group” can seem like you have to be an expert or sign up.
    • Anonymity is a good thing.
    • “How to get involved” – can we have examples?
    • Blog posts from individual libraries? Is this a good way to get ppl more involved? One-off posts, or just updates or exciting news.
    • This could help with showing that it’s an active site, but Violet’s been pretty regularly contributing.
    • Nominate or invite people to do blog posts while in listserv discussion.
    • Home button or Blog button on the ribbon.



  • Researching with & about zines – new page!


    • See Deb’s notes from today’s session. Kelly had some good points from her Master’s project.
    • An open-access sampler with influential articles, seminal works? Is anyone else doing this?



  • Events


    • International Zine Library Day – should this be a blog post?
    • 2016 zine harder challenge, like “Read Harder”. Action Item Violet: will reach out to Leann for international reach.
    • Having a future ZLuC across borders, ie. Canada?
    • Supporting other zine libraries internationally? Action Item Violet & Josh: talk to Canadian zine librarians in Vancouver, Toronto, maybe Nova Scotia. ZLuc Canada in 2020?
    • [post-script notes by DL: Zine Dream is another Toronto fest, akin to Broken Pencil’s CANZINE. TCAF has a Librarian & Educator Day (mostly K-12)- this might be a good venue for a zine library panel.]



  • Listserv


    • Mine the listerv for content already within the Wiki for any of what we’re talking about today.


Code of Ethics: digitization addendum & general update


Current Code of Ethics: create a working group by the end of the session

Folks who are interested in helping with this:

  • gronbeck
  • chris
  • jmarinayoder
  • rebeldepot
  • ultan004
  • willcn84
  • alex.g.willett
  • …and you?


Discuss what needs updating – Acquisitions & Collection Development;  


Why Code of Ethics: context/authorship/audience – librarians, creators, researchers


What is Digitization: (not mechanics of how to) Team Captain – Milo

  • Any online representation of the Zine
  • Full zine
  • Covers and excerpts
  • Text only/metadata

Why Digitize (or not) – Jennifer and Derrick and Alex tri-captains

  • Access
  • Preservation
  • Intent/mission

Copyright – Penny Gronbeck – team captain

it needs its own section

Cross-ref with DIY Copyright for Makers (

  • Permissions
  • Statements/Creative Commons

Dos and Don’ts –

Actions Reactions Worksheets

Case Studies – Chris – team captain

  • On Our Backs digitization issues!

Zine Guides – Radical Empathy – Kelley


Starting a Zine Library

The Commons

Facilitator: Ziba

Note Taker: Eli Scriver



  • Display/browseability
  • Consent
  • Purpose/Mission
  • Collaboration with other libraries
  • Acquisition
  • Resources wanted for .info site





      • Technical services buy-in
      • Organization


  • By title (most common)? By author? By size? By date?


      • By subject? How do you decide subject? Tags?
    • How much labeling?
      • Use Mylar
      • Where should you put a barcode/labels?
    • Types
      • Rolling cart w/ slatwall
      • Cardboard magazine boxes
      • Mylar hanging browsing racks
      • Magazine racks
      • File boxes, color coded folders
      • Clothesline display
      • In a spinner display
    • Places
      • Commons area
      • Own space
      • Online, then ship out to people
      • By circulation desk
      • Put them in the adult area to create wider topic possibility
    • Using a catalog?
      • Makes it searchable
      • Lags accessibility time
    • Online!
      • Use pictures, cover pages to draw in





      • Use consent forms, in collaboration with donation form
      • Consent for digitization




      • Obligation to contact zinesters when acquired from secondary sources?
      • Contact information (both ways) (carbon copy?)
      • Use the language the zinesters are using
      • Use library cards or not? (Consent for names)
      • Subject(s)
      • Author name
      • Artist name
      • Title
      • Date


  • Deaccession policy






      • Locally made
      • Archive
      • POC
      • Queer
      • Immigrant communities
      • Marginalized communities
      • Youth-made
      • Curriculum


  • Accessibility over archive?
  • Archive over accessibility?


    • Connect your mission with larger institutional mission (helps promote institutional buy-in)
    • Community engagement- workshops





    • Partner with an organization
    • Partner with other libraries in the area
    • Collab with zinesters and distros
    • Use art fairs, zinefests, festivals
    • ILL
    • Join or create unConsortium
    • Collab with bookstores that carry zines





    • Zinefests
    • Distros
    • Bookstores
    • Put out call for donations
    • Mailing lists
    • Find a way to partner with other people going to zinefests?





    • Distros to get in contact with
    • Where and when are zinefests?
    • Best ways to display (pictures) (this may already exist)
    • Best ways to catalog
    • List of established zine libraries and archives
    • Way to share metadata and intake, collection policies
    • Contact forms to collaboratively buy from zinefests across the country/world



ZLuC 2018 wiki pages