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Issues in Zine Cataloging

This guide accompanies Issues in Zine Cataloging, presented at the Zines in Libraries conference by Jenna Freedman in July 2022.

land acknowledgment

"Illustration of a Black person with an orange shirt holding zines in their hands, there is the text \"Zines and Libraries Conference\""Conference Organizers Statement

We acknowledge the original inhabitants and unceded
traditional village sites of the land our institutions are
occupying and built upon: the Multnomah, Kathlamet,
Clackamas, Tumwater, Watlala bands of the Chinook, the
Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla, Wasco, the many Indigenous
nations of the Willamette Valley and Columbia River
Plateau, Munsee Lenape, Schaghticoke, Wappinger, Coast
Salish, and Ohlone.

We take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers
of this land - past, present, and future. We are supporting
the Confluence Project of the Columbia River system to
promote Indigenous centered land management and
decolonized environmentalism and stewardship practices.
We are also supporting Real Rent Duwamish, which calls
on people who live and work in Seattle/PNW to make
rent payments to the Duwamish Tribe.

Lenape Cetner logo: graphic of a yellow-orange leaf, LENAPE CENTER text at the bottom of the stemJenna adds

"Lenapehoking is the Lenape name for Lenape land, which spans from Western Connecticut to Eastern Pennsylvania, and the Hudson Valley to Delaware, with Manhattan at its center. Due to centuries of colonialism perpetuated by genocide, forced displacement, and systemic oppression, today the Lenape Diaspora is dispersed throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Lenape diaspora includes five federally recognized nations in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Ontario."

I am tithing my payment for this event to the Lenape Center.



photo of a cat licking between her toes while sitting on a zine



  • A'misa Chiu, Maria Cunningham, Elizabeth Duell
  • Capital C catalogers: Honor Moody, Joshua Barton, Kelly Swickard (in memoriam), Rhonda Kauffman, Violet Fox
  • The zine libraries community
  • Not a Capital C cataloger
  • This is selective, not exhaustive

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As Good * Fast * Cheap

Venn/triangle of the words "fast" "good" and "cheap" overlapping in twos, but not all three at onceCataloging deeply takes time.

Labor is a commodity.

Good is up to you.