Zine Librarians UnConference (ZLuC)

Matthew Collins, Reference, Instruction and Zine Librarian, attended the Zine Librarians UnConference, (ZLuC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

After starting the Gleeson Zine Library with Anders Lyon in 2017, Matt saw the conference as an opportunity to discover ways to improve the collection and engage with the university community. The zine collection will be primarily focused on social justice issues with plans for open workshops in addition to working with Faculty and their classes to encourage contributions.

Inspired by some of the ideas from the conference, he incorporated them into the next zine event. According to Matt, “Anders and I led two classes of Muscat Scholars in a Zine making project.  Ahead of time the students were asked to think about aspects of their identity and that topics portrayal in the media.  However, once we started making the zines the content restrictions were lifted.  They could zine about anything.  We got everything from very personal zines about the individuals likes and dislikes, to zines about the students culture and negative stereotyping, to zines about interesting facts about random animals.  But having done the reflection everyone could participate in the small group discussions.  We talked about the concept of authority, how it is  constructed and how it might change in different contexts.  We also talked to the about bias in the media and other institutional bias. ”

Due to the unique nature of zines, Matt utilized the “Zine Librarians Code of Ethics Zine” to write the Gleeson Zine Library acceptance form when acquiring zines to add to the library collection. If you have any questions about the zine collection or zines in general, you are welcome to contact him.


IFLA Annual Congress

Debbie Benrubi, Gleeson Library Technical Services Librarian, attended the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Annual Congress in Wrocław, Poland, August 19-25th, 2017.

From the website: “…(IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. Founded in 1927 in Edinburgh, Scotland at an international conference… we now have more than 1,400 Members in over 140 countries around the world.” Gleeson Library is a member of IFLA.

Debbie noted that the Secretary General of IFLA, Gerald Leitner, is leading an effort to unify and amplify library voices worldwide with the Global Vision Discussion. Everyone interested in libraries was invited to participate. The responses to the questionnaire, will form the plan of action for IFLA’s goal: “to build literate, informed and participative societies.”

The American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table nominated Debbie to represent ALA at IFLA and she was elected to the Standing Committee of the Audiovisual and Multimedia Section (AVMS) session in 2015. She chaired the AVMS’s joint session with the Information Literacy Section and the School Libraries Section at the 2017 World Library and Information Congress, with “Media is the Message: Critical Use of Video in the Digital Age” as the theme. 5 papers were presented, each showing different ways of using video in libraries, to an audience of approximately 200 people.

As a cataloger, Debbie was particularly interested in a session on enhancing controlled vocabularies to make it easier for researchers to find information about different aspects of indigenous people and cultures. Subject headings in a catalog use a controlled vocabulary to bring together resources on a particular subject. For instance, one cataloger presented his work in augmenting Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to include more Native American tribes’ names. Another presentation discussed a joint project of three Scandinavian national libraries developing subject headings to bring out aspects of the Sami people and culture of the far North.