Stephanie recently joined up with the Zine Librarian’s Interest group in summer of 2013 in hopes of sharing and collaborating on resources related to the creation of zine libraries. She will be working on web content for the group as well as helping with a few online Google hangout sessions for librarians to meet virtually in between conferences.
The Zine Librarians group is made up people that collaborate and share resources about starting and maintaining zine libraries. The libraries they work on are sometimes part of larger institutions like public and college libraries, or sometimes DIY libraries born out of infoshops or someone’s living room.
In Xerography Debt #33, editor Davida Gypsy Breier contemplates on the value that zine librarians bring to the preservation of DIY voices:
“As a zinemaker, I often go about my business of making zines because I still believe in tangible artifacts. Or, as Jeff Somers says in his column in this issue, they have discreteness. I forget that with print runs frequently fewer than 500, or even 100 copies, zines are often ephemeral. I knew that zine collections at libraries exist, and have contributed to several, but it wasn’t until after the [Caxton Club zine] symposium that it really sunk in that these librarians and archivists are unsung heroes of zine culture. They are saving and preserving documentation on events and subcultures that would otherwise go unrepresented or be grossly misrepresented. They are also working to make zines discoverable to new readers…
This photo was taken at the 2013 Zine Librarian’s Unconference in Iowa City and a screenshot of the Unconference wiki and a discussion on Sunday morning via Google Hangout is shown.
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Emergent Zine Library was created when Stephanie decided to do something with all the zines in her living room that were leftover from the former Kansas City infoshop library. She got permission from former infoshop collective members to start a zine library which eventually developed into the concept of temporary pop up zine collections. It is hoped that Emergent Zine Library will connect Kansas Citians with temporary zine library installations that can be used for research purposes, pleasure reading, or to simply pass the time while doing laundry or getting one’s haircut, to name a few possibilities. The overall project goal is to connect people with the value of zines and encourage them to contribute to the body of zine literature.
Stephanie is organizing this project in collaboration with the Kansas Zine Collective.
Stay tuned for more information!
For the time being, an online presentation about the project is available for viewing on Google Drive.
Undercurrent was started by Sprout, Chuck, and Amanda to create a zine style conversation about what it’s like to live, work in, or visit Kansas City. We wanted to help create a platform for people to share their ideas, experiences, and woes about our city and hoped to get some groundlevel perspectives that aren’t shared commonly in the local media. The zine follows a participatory model, and anyone is welcome to help shape the project and get involved. The first issue included poetry, articles, artwork, collages, found items, and social commentary that documented a variety of perspectives including views on nuclear policy and the local nuclear weapons plant, social practice art, empowerment workshops created by and for Queer youth, violence in Kansas City, recipes, and photographs.
For more information, including ordering information, how to get involved, and deadlines, please visit:
The KC Zine Collective is a group of zine makers and enthusiasts working to foster zine making projects, support zine culture, and increase access to zines (and awareness of them) throughout Kansas City. Stephanie participates in the zine collective by helping organize meetings, creating web content, and collaborating on projects such as public workshops and zine events.
The zine distro box pictured in this photo was designed by KC Zine Collective members in a project headed by Jessica Hogan of StinkEye Zine. The first box was installed at 39th and Troost on the weekend of August 1st, 2013. The distro boxes have a mantra of “take one , leave one”, encouraging the passer by to leave books, zines, flyers, or found objects and to take something to be returned later, exchanged, or even personally kept.
Sprouted Ink is a collaborative personal and art zine about mental health, self empowerment, and DIY learning/sharing. Curated by Sprout with submissions by Sprout, her friends, and strangers met on the internet.
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