2011 Zine Librarians (un)Conference
Spirits In The Stacks - The 2011 Zine Librarian (un)Conference http://mkezluc.wikispaces.com/2011+ZL%28u%29C+Proposal 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.