Library Workers
Zine Workshop
Oliver Bendorf
@ohbendorf
SLIS Laboratory Library, UW-Madison
April 4, 2014
Breathe.
Today’s mission:
• Zines
• Zine librarianship
• How to make a mini zine
What if I told you there is a new
technology sweeping libraries?
What if I told you it was these?
What’s a zine?
"...zines are noncommercial, nonprofessional,
small-circulation magazines which their creators
produce, pub...
Thirty Second History of Zines
• Printing Press, leaflets,
pamphlets, Paine
• Revolution, Franklin,
Lovecraft, SF fandom
•...
That brings us to the 1990s.
What happened?
That brings us to the 1990s.
What happened?
The internet.
(& Livejournal, Geocities, Tumblr.
Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter,...
Why zines? Why again? Why now?
• Participatory learning
• Crisis in scholarly communication
• Openness to new publishing m...
Are zines just like blogs?
Kathleen Hanna on zines, blogs, and
“object-ness”
How do you make a zine?
“As digital information creation and sharing
becomes ubiquitous, there is also a renewed
interest in what we’re leaving be...
Types of Zines
• Personal (“perzine”)
• Political (all views/persuasions)
• Informational (many topics)
• Compilation (mul...
Zines for STEM Librarianship
“In a world where scientific
knowledge is increasingly complex
and technical, the participatory
literacy of zines can fost...
"The goal of the Small Science Collective is to get
everyone thinking about science through handy and
inexpensive one page...
Is a zine still a zine if it’s peer
reviewed?
Possibilities
• A student-made zine?
• Or a zine for your reference desk?
• Or to review new books in the field?
• Or a co...
Zine Collections at Libraries
Collecting Zines
Brick and mortar resources:
• Rainbow Book Cooperative
• Madison Print and Resist
• Quimby’s (Chicago)
• ...
Evaluating zines
• Who made it?
• How recently?
• Is there a bibliography?
• Do other libraries have it?
• What kind of in...
Cataloging Zines
• Irregular frequency
• Monographs might become serials and vice
versa
• Sometimes anonymously published
Displaying Zines
Zine Machine at University of
Iowa Main Library Fly Away Zine Mobile
Displaying Zines
Brooklyn College Library Salford Zine Library
• https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=1rbx-
dHI86o&list=UUOqgc...
Enough! Let’s make some zines.
Enough! Let’s make some zines.
• What should my zine be about?
• Anything. Here are some ideas. That question
you get aske...
The one-page fold method that
doesn’t even need a stapler.
aka the “micro-mini zine”
References
• Elichko, Sarah. “Zines in Libraries.”
http://www.slideshare.net/selichko/zines-in-libraries-8506566
• Freedma...
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Slides from a workshop I gave at the School of Library & Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 4, 2014. Zines as an educational technology, zines for STEM, 30-second history of zines, why zines now, and how to make one.

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  • That’s for me, but it can also be for you. Hat tip to Micha Cárdenas for theslide idea.
  • It’s highly mobile and encourages participatory learning. It’s inexpensive to produce and just as cheap to acquire. It requires very limited storage space. It can be used in classrooms, at the reference desk… it can even dispense from a vending machine.
  • The key here is that zines are easy and inexpensive to produce, reproduce, and distribute. All it really takes is a piece of paper, a pair of scissors, a sharpie, and a photocopier. Anything else is just fun and extra– but many many zines have been made with nothing more than that.
  • Jenna Freedman, zine librarian extraordinaire, feels strongly about this. She says no, they are not just like blogs because zines may actually play a role in bridging the digital divide. http://zines.barnard.edu/about/notblogs
  • A marker, a piece of paper, and a few dollars for the photocopier. How do you make a blog? Well, first you start with a series of tubes…
  • Zine librarianship will almost never be under the title “zine librarian”– but just like blogs have changed nearly every aspect of librarianship, from the resources you consult for collection development to the ones you help students evaluate, zines could similarly play a role for all kinds of librarians at many types of libraries.
  • Zines as tools for increased access to information. In an age when shelf space is at a premium, budgets are tight, and electronic licensing causes headaches, zines – compact, inexpensive to produce and collect, and easy to share– start to look awfully appealing in their straightforwardness.
  • Probably not. But it’s interesting to think about. Zines have already evolved and adapted throughout their history. What can the zine spirit bring to the 21st century and particularly to the shifting role of libraries of all kinds in the 21st century?
  • Zines at all kinds of libraries. Screenshot is from the collection at Multnomah County Library (Portland).
  • The Zine Machine is a collaborative project between the University of Iowa Libraries, students at the University of Iowa, the Art Education Department at the University of Iowa, and zinesters all over the world. Zines are distributed for free out of the zine machine.
  • Library Workers Zine Workshop

    1. 1. Library Workers Zine Workshop Oliver Bendorf @ohbendorf SLIS Laboratory Library, UW-Madison April 4, 2014
    2. 2. Breathe.
    3. 3. Today’s mission: • Zines • Zine librarianship • How to make a mini zine
    4. 4. What if I told you there is a new technology sweeping libraries?
    5. 5. What if I told you it was these?
    6. 6. What’s a zine? "...zines are noncommercial, nonprofessional, small-circulation magazines which their creators produce, publish and distribute themselves.” -- Stephen Duncombe, Notes from the Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture, via Jenna Freedman
    7. 7. Thirty Second History of Zines • Printing Press, leaflets, pamphlets, Paine • Revolution, Franklin, Lovecraft, SF fandom • Punk, Xerox, Factsheet Five, Boing Boing • Riot Grrrl, feminists in Olympia, Bikini Kill
    8. 8. That brings us to the 1990s. What happened?
    9. 9. That brings us to the 1990s. What happened? The internet. (& Livejournal, Geocities, Tumblr. Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, eHow.)
    10. 10. Why zines? Why again? Why now? • Participatory learning • Crisis in scholarly communication • Openness to new publishing models • Declining budgets and storage space • Renewed interest in special collections, craft, design, DIY, artists’ books, etc… • They’re mobile and spreadable
    11. 11. Are zines just like blogs?
    12. 12. Kathleen Hanna on zines, blogs, and “object-ness”
    13. 13. How do you make a zine?
    14. 14. “As digital information creation and sharing becomes ubiquitous, there is also a renewed interest in what we’re leaving behind. Hello zine comeback!” --Hack Library School, “[Series] Emerging Careers in Librarianship: Zines (Yes, zines!),” June 28, 2012. A bright future in zine librarianship!
    15. 15. Types of Zines • Personal (“perzine”) • Political (all views/persuasions) • Informational (many topics) • Compilation (multiple authors/creators)
    16. 16. Zines for STEM Librarianship
    17. 17. “In a world where scientific knowledge is increasingly complex and technical, the participatory literacy of zines can foster a sense of ownership that is often lacking…” --Andrew Yang, who teaches biology to art students at SAIC and runs the Small Science Collective
    18. 18. "The goal of the Small Science Collective is to get everyone thinking about science through handy and inexpensive one page mini-zines. Our contributions come from researchers, students, artists, and seriously curious folk who want to share their love of nature – from gluons to gastropods – with fidelity and creativity.” --Small Science Collective
    19. 19. Is a zine still a zine if it’s peer reviewed?
    20. 20. Possibilities • A student-made zine? • Or a zine for your reference desk? • Or to review new books in the field? • Or a collection of zines in your field?
    21. 21. Zine Collections at Libraries
    22. 22. Collecting Zines Brick and mortar resources: • Rainbow Book Cooperative • Madison Print and Resist • Quimby’s (Chicago) • Powell’s Books (Portland) Web resources: Zine “Distros”: • Division Leap • POC Zine Project • Queer Zine Archive Project
    23. 23. Evaluating zines • Who made it? • How recently? • Is there a bibliography? • Do other libraries have it? • What kind of information need does it serve?
    24. 24. Cataloging Zines • Irregular frequency • Monographs might become serials and vice versa • Sometimes anonymously published
    25. 25. Displaying Zines Zine Machine at University of Iowa Main Library Fly Away Zine Mobile
    26. 26. Displaying Zines Brooklyn College Library Salford Zine Library • https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=1rbx- dHI86o&list=UUOqgctUQUc 4ut7DSA2RVoFA
    27. 27. Enough! Let’s make some zines.
    28. 28. Enough! Let’s make some zines. • What should my zine be about? • Anything. Here are some ideas. That question you get asked all the time at work that you are SICK AND TIRED of answering. OR, the question you WISH someone would ask! – A cataloging rant or rave – Ghost stories from a haunted library – Or memories of going to the library as a kid?
    29. 29. The one-page fold method that doesn’t even need a stapler. aka the “micro-mini zine”
    30. 30. References • Elichko, Sarah. “Zines in Libraries.” http://www.slideshare.net/selichko/zines-in-libraries-8506566 • Freedman, Jenna. “Zines in the Classroom.” https://zines.barnard.edu/sites/default/files/inline/zinesinclassroom.pptx • Small Science Collective. http://smallsciencezines.blogspot.com/ • Yang, Andrew. “Engaging Participatory Literacy Through Science Zines.” https://www.academia.edu/365039/

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