Spirits In The Stacks - The 2011 Zine Librarian (un)Conference

Formed in 2003, the Zine Librarians Yahoo Group (ZLYG) has served as a focal point for discussion about the best practices for preserving and presenting zines in libraries and archives. Zines, self-publications written in a punk rock do-it-yourself tradition, are primary source documents that tell the story of contemporary life, culture, and politics in a multitude of voices that might otherwise be lost. They represent voices and points of view that are all but absent from most library shelves.

Zine librarianship, a relatively new specialty, is still evolving its principles and practice. The ZYLG served as an essential forum for this collaboration. Since 2009 members of the have been meeting annually to confer on the broad subject of zine librarianship. The ZLYG is comprised of public, academic, and independent librarians and archivists who work with zines, comix, and print ephemera.

The first two conferences were held in the Pacific Northwest, zine culture strongholds. This year we hope to make the event more accessible to Midwestern zine librarians, zine aficionados, and print culture academics. Although it is not yet the hub for zine activity that Portland and Seattle are, Milwaukee, the site of significant zine projects including the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) and Bottles on The Sill library, has a respectable zine scene, supporting its own Zine Fest every year and various related activist events such as the //Girls to the Front// book tour. Situating the conference in Milwaukee would be a tribute and a boon to the city's zine community.

Blending a traditional conference with the Unconference model, this gathering will be participatory and open. Workshops will be scheduled, and discussions of cataloging, organizing and promoting zine collections are expected, among other topics. All members of the zine and libraries communites (adacemic, institutional and "barefoot librarians") are invited to join in and take part.

At the first ZL(u)C hosted at the Zine Archive Publishing Project (ZAPP)in 2009 in Seattle, WA, 40 people were in attendance, and a list of workshops and discussions can be found here.

The second ZL(u)C was held in Portland, OR in August of 2010. About a dozen people attended and the topics covered can be found here.

About The Model/Conference Organizing
Because this series of (un)conferences is based on an open access model, the majority of the planning and organizing is done through a wiki where many people can author and edit proposals, manage registration, and collectively keep track of how the conference is developing.

Proposed Dates/Times:
Friday, July 8th, 2011 - 10am - 5pm
Saturday, July 9th, 2011 - 11am - 4pm

An outline of events and further information is available on the event's wiki: http://mkezluc.wikispaces.com/
Please visit the wiki to register your attendance, help plan the events, and volunteer.


Resources Needed:
  • The Conference Center at the Golda Meir Library
    • 2-3 portable whiteboards
  • Special Collections at the Golda Meir Library
  • 2-3 additional rooms for breakout sessions
  • 2 Digital projector/laptop carts + screens
  • Temporary ProwlNet logins for wireless internet access.
  • 3-4 UWM Libraries staff members to help with questions, setup, etc.

(Un)Conference Registration:
Fee: $15/pay-what-you-can to cover the cost of food and/or materials
To register to attend the (un)conference and join the discussion, visit the wiki: http://mkezluc.wikispaces.com/Register
REGISTER DEADLINE: Friday, June 24th, 2011

If you are interested in leading a one-hour workshop during the conference, please submit the following information by creating a page for it on this wiki and listing it on the Workshops page by Friday, May 27th, 2011

Guidelines for workshops: We are interested in hosting workshops that will be informational, how-to's and describe a task, skill or scheme that another zine library would find useful. This could be hands-on, or a presentation of what your library has done well.
Note: This is a call only for workshops that require extensive pre-planning, are practical in nature, or require specific materials. We will also have facilitated discussions at the conference, but those will be selected at the conference itself. List of potential discussion topics. Please add yours!