WELCOME TO THE ZINE UNION CATALOG!
Zinecat.org is a union catalog dedicated to zines! A union catalog is a resourcle where libraries can share cataloging and holdings information. The Zine Union Catalog (ZUC) lets researchers discover zine holdings by searching a single catalog, and helps librarians copy catalog records to facilitate lending across libraries. ZUC serves educators, researchers, librarians, archivists, and anyone in the general public with an interest in zines.
ZUC is a capstone project, completed in he CUNY Graduate Center's Master's in Digital Humanities program, which provided essential resources to support the project. Special thanks to Eric Goldhagen from Openflows Community Technology Cooperative and Milo Miller from the Queer Zine Archive Project and many others who helped make the ZUC possible. Lisa Rhody from the Graduate Center and Maura Smale from City Tech were the project advisers.
THE Capstone PROJECT PARTNERS OF ZUC ARE:
Bio: Jenna Freedman is a zine maker and zine librarian. She founded and curates the Barnard Zine Library at Barnard College, where she also serves as the Associate Director of Communications and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Librarian. This project culminates her work at the CUNY Graduate Center. A product of public school education, Jenna earned her MLIS at the University of South Florida and her BA in theater at SUNY New Paltz. Jenna's research and practice are primarily in the field of zine librarianship, a topic on which she writes and speaks frequently.
Bio: Lauren Kehoe is a librarian at New York University. She received her undergraduate degree in Dramatic Literature from NYU in 2003, her MLIS from Pratt Institute in 2009, and her MA in Digital Humanities from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2020. Lauren is interested in supporting researchers and scholars in the library through proven and new methods of engaging with information.
The Zine Union Catalog was first discussed by a group of zine librarians at the first Zine Librarians unConference, held in Seattle in 2009. You can read more about the history of the project on the Zine Libraries website--and join our email list if you want to get invovled!
Martí Massana Ferre and Alex Segal, also CUNY Graduate Center master's students, were partners in the initial project prototype.
Why or Why Isn't Your Zine in the Zine Union Catalog
Zines represented in this catalog are here because they are held at one of the partner libraries. ZineCat is currently comprised of zines from ABC No Rio, the Barnard Zine Library, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Denver Zine Library, the Queer Zine Archive Project and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University. If you would like your zine to be part of one or more of these library and archive collections, contact their zine librarian.
The same goes if you want your zine out of one or more of the collections and ZineCat. Per the Zine Librarians Code of Ethics, part 1, section 2,
Whenever possible, it is important to give creators the right of refusal if they do not wish their work to be highly visible
Zine librarians may try to work with you to represent your zine in a way that makes you feel comfortable, but zine librarians that heed the code of ethics will ultimately respect your wishes.
Read more on our HISTORY page.