Programming with Adults

> ZLuC 2019 Salt Lake > Programming with Adults

 Saturday July 20

Breakout session 1, 10:15- 11:00am

Session name: Programming, incl. exhibits, programming with people with limited English skills – without teens

Facilitator: Matthew

Note taker: Lauren

Introductions and why are we here?

Programming — Ideas, Ideas, Ideas

  • Working with ESL patrons.  Bringing in content written in other languages
  • Working with refugees
  • Language barriers, variety of languages
  • Finding zines in different languages.  
  • Representing different voices and perspectives
  • Area studies librarians at some schools are 

Round of sharing good programming ideas

  • Workshops each semester, open to all.  Small crowd attendance. 
  • Location of workshops → away from zine collection into the lobby
  • Mini zines, binding workshop.  Simple pamphlet stitch. Halfway there.
  • Collaborative zine.  Not a lot of contributions the day of, but over time collected content. Then used for outreach.
  • Social Justice heroes on campus.  Get students to create zines about them.  Templated pieces: interview, pasting, collaboration, librarians fill in as needed. 
  • How is program promoted, “sold,” to potential participants.  → All about bringing awareness to zine collection, with a goal to start a club with students or patrons to take leadership for the zine collection.  Work with professors for instruction (rather than programming).  
  • Tabling, fairs.  “De-stress week” and “consent fair.”  
  • Collaborative zine → can be made over time, i.e. combining contributions to the zine from different events and make a yearly zine or a zine for the semester.
  • Collaboration with external partners, i.e. youth tribe or girls rock camp, etc.  Intro to zines, then whatever you put on the page is your zine. Librarians collated contributions to the zine and then gave to the group at the end of the week.
  • Turnout can be low with college students.  Hold events off campus to be more inclusive, but there’s a lot of components
  • What kind of thematic content are events coordinated around?  Meaning could be just getting people together to let them know that the collection is available.  
  • What kind of supplies are used?
    • Typewriter
    • Gluesticks
    • Markers, pens
    • Book sale poaching or recycling bin salvaging
    • 8×10 paper
  • Do programs provide supplies?  One page with name, contact info, and consent to use the zine or created content.  
  • Failures:
    • Too much programming → mini zines, stitching, collaborative zines.  
  • Who are the zines from the programs distributed to?  Consider the permissions and acquiring consent from participants
    • Attendees?
      • Pickup later
      • Send to them
      • Take at the time of workshop
    • Kept in library?
    • Circulated more broadly.  
  • Passive programming → have a table, basket, area where one can put out zines and other materials to make zines and they can create their own, take supplies, contribute their zines
  • Zine Kits for checkout
    • Scissors,
    • Tape
    • How to make a zine
    • Glue sticks
    • Typewriter if available
    • Other supplies
  • Zine Cart
  • Assignments to make zines.  Sometimes through collaboration with faculty → do a workshop, assignment to make a zine, history of zines, students might reflect through the zine and / or prepare materials to begin/make their zine.  
  • Readings of zines (inspired by last night’s social event)
  • Invite a local distro in to give a guest workshop/talk/presentation
    • Donated copies of their zines to the library
  • Screening of $100 and a tee-shirt
  • Jennifer Eltringham, Instruction Librarian, UCCS Zine about lesson plans for incorporating zines into coursework


  • Special collections “Flash” exhibition.  Showcasing some zines.
  • Physical or digital exhibitions
  • Topical 
  • Browsing collection → two stations by an exit that are themed and this increases circulation of the browsing collection
    • Self care
    • Banned books
    • Indigenous Authors
  • Showcase books on zine history and zine making to promote the zine collection.  90s music playlist.  
  • Gallery display case → move around the case to different places in the library.  
  • Sculpture display using mylar plastic cases where zines were showcased and in the middle of the library → University of Minnesota Architecture library