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In 2009, I started volunteering with Seattle’s Zine Archive & Publishing Project (ZAPP). Volunteering at ZAPP introduced me to some of the most incredibly talented and dedicated people I know, both at ZAPP and within the larger world of zine librarianship.

Each year since 2012, I have been part of a group of librarians from across the U.S. and Canada to organize the Zine Pavilion. The Zine Pavilion is a space on the exhibit hall floor during the ALA Annual conference, where we talk to library workers about how collecting zines can provide alternative voices to traditionally published works, as well as the many opportunities for outreach and teaching provided by zines.

In July 2018, I was one of the co-organizers of the 2018 Zine Librarians unConference, a gathering for library workers and zinesters to explore the intersection of zines and libraries/archives. Over 70 people gathered over three days to learn from each other.

I was a co-organizer of the Chicago Zine Fest from 2014-2017 and I have been a co-organizer of the Twin Cities Zine Fest since 2016, handling logistics, coordinating promotion, and webmastering.

I also help maintain, a clearinghouse of information about how zines can be used within libraries and archives.

Violet sitting at a table full of zines at the 2018 Twin Cities Zine Fest
Twin Cities Zine Fest 2018; photo courtesy Eric Bartholomew

selected zines:

  • Reserve and Renew: the LIS Mental Health Zine (co-edited with Kate Deibel, Nicole Gustavsen, Kelly McElroy, Abigail Phillips, and Annie Pho), 2018-present
  • Trouvaille: the Roadside Attraction Fanzine (ongoing), September 2017-present

scholarly publications:


  • Zines (podcast guest), Reading With Libraries podcast, October 2019


  • “Weird, Ephemeral, Magical, Dangerous, and Emotional”: Creating the Zine Librarian Code of Ethics (panel discussion with Elvis Bakaitis, Jenna Freedman, and Rhonda Kauffman), ACRL/NY Annual Symposium, December 2019
  • Zines in the 21st Century (panel discussion with Sam Sather, Yasmiene Mabrouk, and Deb Boudewyns),  Minneapolis Community & Technical College Library event,  March 2018
  • Now More Than Ever: Engagement with Zines (short presentation), Minnesota Archives Symposium, November 2016
  • Queer Zines: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going (panel discussion with Kelly McElroy and Milo Miller), ALA Annual, June 2016
  • Zine Union Catalog Project with Dreams of Linked Open Data (brainstorming discussion with Amber Billey and Jenna Freedman), Mashcat conference, January 2016
  • Zines in Libraries: Collecting, Cataloging, and Community (panel discussion/pre-conference workshop with the Zine Librarians Interest Group), ALA Annual, June 2015