A while ago I set up the UK Zine Librarians group with Leila from LCC. We created the group as a way to share resources among other librarians working with zine libraries and collections in the UK, and to help forge some of those links between institutional libraries and more grassroots diy collections. We have an active jiscgroup and twitter and it's been ace to share info and links and to find out about other zine collections and see some of the similarities in the challenges we face.
One of the things that's really apparent in the group is that zine librarians tend to be super passionate about zines and often make zines themselves. So we are creating our very own UK Zine Librarians zine and looking for contributions from anyone who works with zine collections.
The idea is to create a physical zine sharing resources, providing tips, showing off our passion, and highlighting the varied world of UK zine libraries and I'm hoping that we get a good mixture of contributions from institutional libraries and more diy zine collections.
We are looking for contributions from anyone that works with zine collections, regardless of job title or professional/qualified status. It also doesn't matter if you don't know how to use photoshop, or perhaps have never picked up a pritt stick and scissors before. All contributions are welcome. You can submit anything you like, but here are some topics to get you thinking:
- Tell us about your zine library and how it is used.
- What do zines mean to you?
- What role do zines play in libraries? Why are zine collections important and how can libraries and their visitors benefit from them?
- What challenges do you face? Skills? Staffing? Budget? Space?
- What are your favourite zine libraries and why?
- Tell us about how you set up a zine library collection.
- Have you ever used zines in libraries for research?
- Do you have advice for librarians working with zines? Any cataloguing tips? Ideas for fundraising?
This is just a short list, but there's no limit on what you can contribute. You can write, draw, create a comic, submit photos, or show us your collection development policy, anything is welcome. The contributions must relate to zine libraries in the UK and Ireland. There are already existing resources, mostly for zine librarians in the US, and while these are useful, we are interested in developing our own resources.
This isn't an academic journal so please feel free to write in your own voice and style. We won't be checking spelling or grammar and we wont be judging on how creative you are.
The zine will be A5 black and white format. Please consider leaving a small border round the outside of your work to make it easy to photocopy.
You can send your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch if you would prefer to send a physical copy in the post.
Please feel free to share this call-out to anyone working with zine collections in the UK and Ireland.