Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Zine Library Proposal

Hey volunteers.

A project I would really like to dedicate myself to as a part of this development is the creation of a Zine Library at the Traflagar campus library.

For those of you who don't know, a zine is any piece of self published literature, usually in a magazine format. They come in a variety of sizes, and formats, cover an immensely diverse range of topics, and come from all over the world.

There are currently 4 known zine libraries in Canada. 2 in Ontario. One is in toronto and the other is located in a youth centre in Welland. This one I started approximately 4 years ago and it has proven to be extremely successful. Here is a photograph.

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My plan for the zine library includes the following. It is still in the rough stages of development and I would welcome any suggestions and opponions.

- The zines would be read in only. that is, you wouldn't be able to check them out, similar to reference material.

-Zines would be organized according to topic (personal, political, music, art, poetry, comics, etc etc etc etc) With larger collections (zine anthologies etc.) separately. There would also be a section for new arrivals and recommended zines which would rotate on a regular basis.

-Displayed similar to magazines. Considering other options. The varied size and shape of zines makes display somewhat difficult. Considering protecting zines in a way similar to comic books, however this does not allow for easy browsing.

-Zines would be protected against theft in the same way as books at the library with detectors, and stamped with the sheridan library stamp.

-Zine stock would rely on donations. I will initiate an on-going campaign requesting donations from zinesters and distributors. Fundraising is also an option. Considering having a few events a year to order zine stock.

-Library would have area for students to request certain zines from provided catalogues and flyers.

-Organization, adding new material, fundraising, and management of the zine library would be run by myself and a team of volunteers who are also interested in helping with the project. We would work on a rotating basis, in order to maintain the zine library.

-There would be a section for student made zines. My hope is that the library will inspire the many creative students we have to self publish. Eventually zine workshops could be run at the school or even the formation of a zine collective.

One important thing to note is that the zines won't be used by students for reference material for projects or anything like that (they may be, bt that is not their ultimate purpose). The purpose of having zines in a school is to inspire the students and even the faculty with the wide range of material available. Once you've seen a few zines you will know what I am talking about. It's hard to explain.

That's all I have right now. Please let me know your comments or if you would like to be involved. I am nto sure of a location in the library yet, or a set up and would need help with that perhaps from one of the interior design students.

Please note I already have a large collectio of self published literature that I am planing to donate as the base stock for our new zine library.

A post office box or some sort of mailing address or location will be needed for donations and zine orders to be sent to. Myself and other volunteer zine librarians shoudl have access to this mail location. Once this is established and set up we can begin promotion of the library and requests for donations.

If you would like to help with this project please contact me personally at

for more information on zines check out or just google search. If you would like to see some sample zines to get an idea what I'm tlaking about just email me and we can set up a meeting time at school.

Thanks and take care.



At 7:12 PM, Blogger Rolanda said...

I think that's a great idea Jen, and I think that beacause our students are so creative our Zine library would be very well put together. The example Zine seems really messy and just not organized. I'm sure there are many students who would like to be able to show off their abilities and act as inspiration to others. Rolanda


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