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Collaboration Over Competition: Attending the 2019 Library Diversity Institute

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Library Diversity Institute (LDI), a 3-day intensive orientation and training for new North American library diversity residents to get the most out of their residencies. I didn’t have the opportunity to attend last year but thanks to funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, I was able to head down to Greensboro, North Carolina to learn more about best practices in getting the most out of my residency experience while building community and solidarity with a professional network of colleagues nationally. 

Dr. Franklin Gilliam, the Chancellor of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, presented the LDI 2019 keynote address. He spoke to the necessity of protecting yourself, knowing, setting, and enforcing your boundaries, the power of authenticity, and the importance of supporting our colleagues/each other. Some of the points from his keynote that particularly stuck with me included:

  • Be strategic about picking your allies; not everyone you align yourself with has your best interest at heart.

  • Protect your energy, protect your mental health, protect yourself. Your institution isn't your "family" and won't protect you. We need to have lives & hobbies outside of our work or we won't last.

  • Being your authentic self is challenging and can have professional ramifications, since "professionalism" is invested in upholding white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, ableism, & capitalism (to name a few) but work isn't worth losing yourself to. Living in a performative state 24/7, pretending to be someone you're not, hiding out of fear and shame, all of this takes a toll on us. Not bringing our whole, authentic selves to work has consequences; we could lose ourselves, completely.

  • COLLABORATION & CELEBRATION, NOT COMPETITION: SUPPORT YOUR COLLEAGUES. A few ways to do this include giving them feedback (affirming and validating them publicly, especially), reading their work, helping them edit their publications or work on presentations, collaborating together, and coming together to build community, power, and solidarity.

  • Finally, I hope that we're ALL successful. Capitalism and the scarcity myth want us to believe we can't be - but our successes don't have to be at the expense of each other. Our successes can be BECAUSE of each other. 

To be honest, I missed a fair amount of the LDI because I had chemotherapy the day before and was still recovering. I decided to miss sessions, despite how desperately I wanted to be there, to prioritize my wellness and practice good self-care. The #FOMO was real but so were the side effects of chemotherapy so I stayed in my room and rested.

Another thing about LDI that impacted me was the emphasis on crowdsourcing our residencies, creating shared knowledges, and building community, solidarity, and power. It’s easy to feel powerless and helpless in the current political climate, however, one thing we can do is recognize what skills we have and offer to use them for community-based and local organizations that are doing good work. Are you great at writing grants? WRITE GRANTS. Is organizing accessible events your thing? DO THAT. We all have something to offer! 

At the end of LDI 2019, we discussed reflections and next steps: what our ideas were for next steps, comments on the institute (What would you have liked more of? Less of? What wasn’t addressed?), topics and goals for the Journal of Library and Residency Studies, and future institutes and sustainability. Here’s what I had to say:

  • I appreciated the emphasis on collaboration and celebration over competition; to work and collaborate with and support our colleagues. I loved the opportunity to build a cohort, community, and solidarity with other residents, since as the only resident at my institution it’s been isolating. It’s also been isolating to be one of the few disabled and chronically ill librarians at Cornell. Only 3% of librarians are disabled so I would love for diversity initiatives to include us too.

  • I wish that disability was openly talked about and accessibility was taken into greater consideration. I’m sad I had to miss so many sessions to recover from chemo; having more small breaks would have helped me be able to participate.

  • Gender-inclusive bathrooms would have been great so I wouldn’t have to leave and go back to my room every time I needed to pee. 

  • I want to focus on ways we can organize and build collective power to protect and support each other. I don’t know what that looks like but we need to support and protect each other since we’re in vulnerable and precarious positions.

  • Finally, I suggested creating a salary spreadsheet, similar to the ones for archives/museums/libraries, specifically for diversity fellows & residents to anonymously report our salaries & benefits to help in the negotiation process. 

Ultimately, being able to participate in the LDI was immensely helpful for me in terms of building a professional community, figuring out how to make the most of my residency, thinking about best practices, and life after my residency is over.


Librarians and Naloxone: A Primer

There’s been a lot of conversation about naloxone in libraries recently: whether or not librarians should administer naloxone to patrons or colleagues who have potentially overdosed, the changing role of librarians, how libraries can address the opioid crisis and support patrons with substance use disorders, or should we. I’ve been invigorated by the complex and challenging conversations librarians are having with one another about these issues - but I also feel concerned about some misinformation about naloxone and ableist beliefs some of us may hold about patrons who use drugs and/or experience addiction. 

If you’re new to this conversation, naloxone (also known by its brand name, Narcan) is an opioid antagonist used for the complete or partial reversal of an opioid overdose. Basically, it can save the life of a person who has overdosed on opioids and/or keep them alive until paramedics can get there. According to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) report, naloxone has been used to save over 27,000 lives so far - and that’s only the reported cases. Naloxone is harmless; if the person it’s been administered to isn’t experiencing an overdose, nothing will happen. Nothing. It’s so safe that it’s been used on drug-sniffing dogs who have been exposed to fentanyl. Many folks are concerned about the ease of administering naloxone, as it used to be solely available as an injectable. However, the injectable form is now being phased out in many places, being replaced by a nasal mist form, which is akin to taking allergy medication. It’s very easy to give someone and very hard to mess up. You can take an online Bystander Intervention Training to learn more, especially if your library or community doesn’t offer trainings yet.

It’s important that librarians, like everyone else in our communities, know how to administer naloxone and carry it with them. Not all EMTs and cops carry naloxone, sometimes due to ableist beliefs about the lives of substance users. The reality is anyone can overdose - an older person who has misread the label on their pain medications, a colleague struggling with addiction, or chronic pain patients. Regardless of who we’re talking about, their life inherently matters and is absolutely worth saving. Five years ago, I was given another chance when my own life was saved with naloxone. My point is, you never know who is at risk or whose life you are saving.

Many harm reduction programs distribute naloxone free of charge and offer other resources to help address the opioid crisis through impactful, compassionate, and community-based programming, such as the Harm Reduction Coalition, Get Naloxone Now, HIPS, and Naloxone for All. Reach out to local harm reduction organizations in your community and work on building a partnership with them. Together, you can make an impact on the lives of your patrons.

Does your library offer naloxone administration training or other resources? What are you doing to support the folks in your communities who may be experiencing a substance use disorder?

Further Reading and Resources

Recasting the Narrative: An ACRL 2019 Reflection

Note: I originally wrote this post for the ACRL Residency Interest Group.

For my first conference as a resident librarian, I wanted to attend an event focused on academic libraries with programming and events related to social justice and anti-oppression work. When I saw that the ACRL Diversity Alliance offered a preconference for residents this year, “Taking Charge of Your Narrative” and exciting workshops like “Moving Beyond Race 101: Speculative Futuring for Equity,” I knew this was the conference for me. Over 4,000 of us flocked to Cleveland this year for a fantastic learning experience.

Taking Charge of Your Narrative (Resident Librarian Preconference)

I was excited to attend the preconference for fellow resident librarians to learn about how to craft my leadership narrative, empower myself during my fellowship, and most of all, connect and build community with other diversity residents/fellows from around the country. One of the hardest parts of my residency have been the isolation, so I was quite excited to meet and learn from librarians who are in similar situations.

The preconference featured speakers like Martin Halbert, Alexia Hudson-Ward, Jon Cawthorne, Julie Brewer, and Toni Olivas, who shared their experiences, wisdom, and hopes with us. One of the themes of the day was constructing (and living) your leadership narrative. We talked about the importance of publishing (which includes blogging!) in establishing expertise and getting your name out there. We were encouraged to talk to each other about our research interests and to reach out to folks we were interested in collaborating with since co-authoring can be a great strategy towards getting published. Another tip was to stay engaged with the profession through reading (15 minutes a day is manageable and does the trick).

Mentorship was another common topic – it’s important to not only have mentors (think of mentorship as a constellation; no one person will be able to meet all of your needs, so it can be useful to have several who are experienced with the different areas you are interested and working on) but to pay it forward through mentorship. As early career librarians, it can be easy to think we don’t have much to offer yet in terms of mentorship, but I’ve found that sharing my experiences about the academic librarianship interview process and what it’s like to be a resident librarian have been helpful to the MLIS students who have approached me. We all have something to offer. Honestly, there was so much rich and engaging discussion at this event that it’s hard to do justice to it in a blog post. This preconference contained a lot of valuable information, advice, and exercises for resident librarians but the best part, by far, was being able to be in community with my peers on this exciting journey.

Social Justice as a Core Professional Value: One Library’s Story

The first session I attended was focused on how we can make our libraries more just places. Raina Bloom, Carrie Kruse, and Kalani Adolpho (a fellow resident librarian!) talked about how their library embraced social justice and non-neutrality as core operating values after they were inspired by student activists who conducted a historic in-library protest during finals week. I was excited to see they had created a workbook (in zine format!) for us to think about our own answers to some of the questions, the panelists were discussing around our personal library stories, the communities we serve, important incidents that have lasting resonance on the way we work, and what we can do/what we are doing. I appreciated how Kalani, Carrie, and Raina created space for us to be vulnerable in our small-group discussions by being vulnerable themselves. They created a space where we could get past “But I’m just a _____!” and begin doing the actual work.

Moving Beyond Race 101: Speculative Futuring for Equity

The panelists (Jennifer Brown, Sofia Leung, Marisa Mendez-Brady, and Jennifer Ferretti) want us to move beyond a framework of diversity, inclusion, and equity that either a) focuses on solutions that don’t solicit input from marginalized communities or b) is expected to be done by those already overburdened by the impacts of higher education institutions built on whiteness. They pushed us to move beyond this framework, offering us strategies and language to help move these discussions forward. In small groups, we participated in a collaborative storytelling exercise using visual storytelling decks to work on collectively envisioning an inclusive and equity-based future for libraries. I had to leave halfway through because I got sick but working together with other allies, advocates, and accomplices on imagining speculative futures based in anti-oppression work and social justice was a powerful experience. Check out the Libraries We Here community (a supportive social community for archive and library workers of color) to learn more about this work.

I wasn’t able to do everything I wanted to do because of a lupus flare (I’m so incredibly grateful for caring and supportive colleagues who helped me through the experience of dealing with chronic illness while traveling) but the workshops and presentations I did have a chance to attend were engaging and informative. It was such a great experience to share knowledge and build community with other library workers. I came back to my home institution feeling reinvigorated and excited to start putting the ideas the conference inspired into place. I even created an ACRL 2019 mini-zine to share what I learned with my colleagues who couldn’t attend. I’m looking forward to returning in 2021!

Karina Hagelin is an artist, community organizer, and librarian at Cornell University. Their (art)work is centered in radical vulnerability, healing as resistance, and queer femme magic. They are passionate about healing justice, queer & feminist zines, cats, fatshion, and gossip as a site of resistance. You can find more information on their website or find them on twitter (@karinahagelin).

New Zine: The Little Book of Work Affirmations
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A few weeks ago, I led my first zine workshop, “Creating Zines for Self-Care,” as an Outreach and Instruction Librarian here at Cornell. We had a great time de-stressing, talking about self-care strategies, and making mini-zines. I’m excited to share the new mini-zine I created during this workshop, “The Little Book of Work Affirmations,” with you!

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As many of us know, surviving and thriving under capitalism is hard work. Impostor syndrome can be a real threat to our self confidence and worth, especially at work. I designed this full-color mini-zine to arm you with affirmations as a strategy to build and sustain your self-esteem. Collective organizing and systemic change are necessary - but hopefully, as we work towards liberation, these words will help you recognize our inherent worth.

You can order “The Little Book of Work Affirmations” - as well as my other zines - on my Etsy, Femme Filth Press.

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Since I work in a cubicle and have PTSD, I decided to block the window behind my desk with posters to create a safer place for me to work. I turned the affirmations from this zine into posters and hung them up so my colleagues could enjoy them too. Some folks on Twitter asked if I would make these available on my Etsy, so you can now purchase a set of four affirmation prints as printable PDFs through Femme Filth Press.

With solidarity and care,

Karina

Life as a Diversity Fellow: My First Six Months

Hello there! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? The past six months have been a whirlwind: I finished the first rotation of my fellowship at Rare and Manuscript Collections, was featured as the ACRL Residency Interest Group’s Fellow of the Month, and began my next rotation at Albert R. Mann Library. (Oh, and my kittens are about to turn A YEAR OLD!)

What Does a Diversity Fellow Do, Anyways?

My mom (Hi Mom!) sometimes struggles to explain what I do to her friends. I’m currently a Diversity Fellow at Cornell University Library, a position that was designed for recent graduates who want the opportunity to learn about academic libraries while acquiring core competencies and skills in instruction, scholarship, and research - like me! My Diversity Fellowship allows me to explore several departments in Cornell’s library system, to collaborate on projects, and to explore new information technologies and/or user-centered services. My goals and interests are balanced with the Library’s needs to create a flexible program which is supported through a mentoring program, continuing education, professional development, specialized training, and participation on library committees.

Archival Processing

I spent my first six months at Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC), which is home to fantastic collections such as the Fiske Icelandic Collection and the Human Sexuality Collection. I’m forever grateful to Brenda Marston for her mentorship, her important work curating the Human Sexuality Collection, and her fierce advocacy for diversity, inclusion, and belonging. I had the wonderful opportunity of processing my first archival collection - the James. D. Merritt Collection - which includes the personal journals, correspondence, and other personal papers of Dr. Merritt. I utilized my knowledge of this collection (obtained through research & archival methodology) to arrange the materials from this collection (ranging from photographs to fifty years of journaling to bags of hair and dirt to social justice and activist papers) to facilitate research access and long-term preservation of the records. After I finished rearranging and rehousing the materials from this collection, I prepared a finding aid for use by scholars, using current technology, descriptive standards, and techniques (like Encoded Archival Description aka EAD). I also prepared scope and content notes for this collection.

Metadata Policy and Procedure

At RMC, I created metadata policy and procedure for describing digital collections, including those containing offensive and possibly traumatizing materials, in alignment with our vision of diversity, inclusion, and belonging (related: I love this post from Hornbake Library about offensive content in our collections).

Reference and Instruction

My fabulous colleague, Julia, trained me on answering reference inquiries at RMC. This involved using my broad & general knowledge of our collections to search databases for information about the materials in question (which may be complex due to language, format, subject, or publication pattern). I also led a series of zine workshops over the last semester, which I will continue and expand on in my new role.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

While I was at RMC, I served on the RMC Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB) Task Force. Our work culminated with the creation of a strategic report on workplace diversity recommendations. We also made efforts to celebrate events such as National Coming Out Day and International Pronouns Day through placing out baskets of pronouns pins. This had significant impact: A visiting researcher told us that she loved our Pronouns Day promotion so much she had already contacted her own college librarian about doing something similar next year.

I continue to serve on several committees and project teams which has involved organizing a DIB unconference; acquiring, organizing, and developing diversity-related resources; investigating diversity vision and mission statements; and planning a DIB book club!

So, Why Does Any of This Matter?

My college years were tough, as I suffered from PTSD, but the library I worked at - and the people there - were my home, community, and family. As a result of fearless organizing work to get a LGBTQ library and resource center on campus, to which I am incredibly grateful to my elders and ancestors for, there was space for me to grow, recover, heal, survive, and thrive. Diversity, inclusion, and belonging in libraries is incredibly important so we are able to create spaces like the LGBT Equity Center. It’s so great to be involved in building an accessible, inclusive, and anti-oppressive culture here at CUL, building on the work of my predecessors.

Access is a part of this too. The work I do, whether it’s archival processing, creating descriptive metadata, making our LibGuides accessible, or teaching students about library resources, furthers our community’s access to resources, knowledge, materials, collections, and histories. The past six months have been so rewarding because I’ve been able to improve description & access of crucial collections documenting the history & lives of LGBTQ people & communities (who have been historically erased from archives) for researchers (anyone with a photo ID can visit & view our collections!)

What’s Next?

I started my next rotation yesterday, as an Outreach and Instruction Librarian at Albert R. Mann Library. I will be continuing my DIB advocacy work, doing outreach and instruction for both Mann Library and the mannUfactory (our makerspace), working to make all of our LibGuides accessible, and leading zine and DIY workshops. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on how it goes as I continue to learn and grow in this role! As always, you can reach me at karina.hagelin@cornell.edu.

In solidarity,

Karina

CFP: LIS Interrupted: intersections of mental illness and library work

From Library Juice:

Call for Chapter Proposals
Working Title: LIS Interrupted: intersections of mental illness and library work
Editors: Miranda Dube and Carrie Wade
Submission Deadline: March 31st, 2018
Publisher: Library Juice Press

Book Description

LIS Interrupted addresses the experiences of library workers with mental illnesses. Too often conversations about mental illness are pushed to the sidelines, whispered about behind office doors, or covered up for others’ comfort. This book draws these conversations into public view and in doing so brings the experiences of mental illness to the forefront, offering space for comfort, connection, and community. The intention of this work is to provide a collection of both personal narratives and critical analyses of mental illness in the LIS field. This offers a unique opportunity to explore the many intersections with labor, culture, stigma, race, ability, identity, gender, and much more to provide context for positive change. LIS Interrupted is geared towards library workers and students in a variety of environments.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

Section One: Personal Narratives of Mental Illness
This section will focus on exploring the first-hand narratives of library and information workers who experience mental illness in their lives as it relates to their work. Possible topics include:
• Neurodevelopmental Disorders
• Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
• Bipolar and Related Disorders
• Depressive and Anxiety Disorders (including postpartum depression/anxiety)
• Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
• Dissociative Disorders
• Feeding and Eating Disorders
• Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
• Personality Disorders
• Non-neurotypical experiences

Section Two: Critical Analysis of Mental Illness and LIS
This section will center the role of mental illness and its many intersections with library work and education. Possible topics include:
• Mental illness and labor expectations
• Postpartum depression and maternity leave
• Reference services and mental illness
• Collection development/ LC and/or Dewey classification schemes and mental illness stigma
• Mental illness and critical disability studies
• Workplace advocacy for mental illness
• Mental illness acceptance through performed whiteness
• Mental illness as disability
• Accessibility services in Graduate School
• Mental Illness and the LIS job search
• Library design and mental illness
• Historical discourses of Librarianship, gender, and mental illness

Timeline
• CFP distributed:
• Deadline for Chapter Proposals: March 31, 2019
• Notification of Accepted Chapter Proposals: April 19, 2019
• First drafts due: August 2, 2019
• First draft reviewer feedback returned: September 3, 2019
• Final drafts due: November 15, 2019
• Final draft submission review: November 16, 2019- December 10, 2019
• Submission of final manuscript: January 1, 2020

Submissions
Please email abstracts of up to 500 words to LISInterrupted (at) gmail (dot) com in a .docx or .pdf format, along with a short author bio.

Abstracts should state whether you would like your work published as a personal narrative or critical analysis—while the editors acknowledge that there might be some overlap between personal narrative and critical exploration, we would prefer authors to identify their work on their own terms. Authors interested in publishing in section one who wish to use a pseudonym should include this in their proposal. You are welcome to submit multiple abstracts about different possible topics. If your submission is tentatively accepted, the editors may request modifications. Previously published materials will not be accepted.

Final chapters will be in the 2000-5000-word range and formatted in Chicago Style.

Please direct any questions to Miranda Dube or Carrie Wade, editors, at mirandaldube (at) gmail (dot) com or carriethewade (at) gmail (dot) com.

About the Editors

Miranda Dube is a Reference and Instruction Adjunct Faculty Librarian at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. She received her BA in Communication Arts from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester and her MLIS from the University of Rhode Island. Her research interests include library services to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, as well as mental illness, and addiction in the LIS profession.

Carrie Wade is the Health Sciences librarian at the University of WIsconsin Milwaukee and a backpacking subject specialist at REI in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Her research interests focus on analyzing historical discourses in Library and Information Science and other fields as a means to plot out a more just, equitable, and liberated future for libraries and the people who work in them.

Call for Chapters: Underserved Patrons in University Libraries: Assisting Students Facing Trauma, Abuse, and Discrimination

Call for Chapters: Underserved Patrons in University Libraries: Assisting Students Facing Trauma, Abuse, and Discrimination

We are seeking chapter proposals for a new volume, Underserved Patrons in University Libraries: Assisting Students Facing Trauma, Abuse, and Discrimination, edited by Julia Skinner and Melissa Gross and published by Libraries Unlimited.

We are seeking proposals from professionals across the field of librarianship, broadly defined. This includes professional librarians as well as graduate students, faculty, and paraprofessionals.

We are particularly interested in chapters that consider the intersection of theory and praxis, and which offer actionable advice to improve programs and services.

While case studies of individual programs will be considered, these should be contextualized within the larger discourse of the field (e.g. what gaps in service was this filling? How is this instance different from other offerings at other institutions? How does it relate to the literature, and how does sharing this case move the literature beyond where it is now?)

In all cases, our role as providers of information and resources, and creators of valuable programming is emphasized: We do not seek to situate library professionals in other professional contexts (such as counseling) that require duties they may not be qualified to perform. Subjects to cover include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Assisting students attending school after a period of incarceration

• Providing information services to sexual assault and abuse survivors

• Providing information services to survivors of domestic violence

• Information work with immigrants and refugees

• Information services for students with mental illness

• Information assistance for non-English speakers

• Working with students attending school while facing financial difficulties and/or homelessness

• Addressing the information needs of dual-enrolled high school students

• Serving international students in the academic library

• Serving older adult students in the academic library

• Offering meaningful library services to queer and trans* communities

• Working with patrons facing racial discrimination

• Stigma and the differently abled community on campus

• The importance of visibility and representation for underserved and marginalized communities in library programming, staffing, and collections

• Cultural competency: Information services for multicultural students

• Neurodiversity: Serving students on the spectrum

• Assisting patrons with HIV/AIDS and other stigmatizing illnesses

• When religious identification is a concern for students seeking information

• Critical illness

• First generation college students

• Serving student veterans

To submit a proposal:

Chapter proposals of roughly 250-500 words are due by January 15, 2019 and should address the chapter’s approach and structure, and how the chapter expands upon existing literature. Please also include a brief bio for each author.

Send completed proposals to JuliaCSkinner@gmail.com and mgross@fsu.edu

Authors will be notified of editor decisions by March 1st, 2019, and chapters will be due to the editors on November 1st, 2019.

About the Editors:

Dr. Julia Skinner received her Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She is involved in community work personally and professionally and emphasizes the intersection of theory and praxis in her teaching and research work. She is a member of the Georgia State Board for the Certification of Librarians, a former department director, and the owner of Root, a small business exploring the intersections between food and community. She has written 2 books,13 single-author articles and chapters, and 12 reviews, and co-authored 1 book and 3 articles. She has won numerous awards, including a Phyllis Dain dissertation award honorable mention, Beta Phi Mu membership, ALISE featured presentation, and Salem Press Best Newcomer Award (won in collaboration with the rest of the Hack Library School blogging team).

Dr. Melissa Gross is a professor in the School of Information at Florida State University and a past president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998 and was awarded the prestigious American Association of University Women Recognition Award for Emerging Scholars in 2001. Dr. Gross has published extensively in a variety of peer reviewed journals including Library and Information Science Research, Library Quarterly, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, and College & Research Libraries. She has authored, co-authored, or co-edited nine books. Her forthcoming edited book, with co-editors Shelbie Witte and Don Latham, is Literacy Engagement through Peritextual Analysis (Chicago, IL: ALA Editions).

International Zine Month and the Zine Librarians (Un)Conference

"[Zines] are education and revelation, empowerment and healing, giddy secret and proud f-you” - Andi Zeisler

July is International Zine Month (aka IZM), a fantastic month dedicated to celebrating and creating zines with a rich calendar of events that feature ways to be involved each and every day. 

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July 1 – CanaZine Day! Buy, read, or share zines from Canada for Canada Day!
July 2 – Zine Rewind! Re-read your favorite zines and remind yourself why you fell in love with them in the first place.
July 3 – Teach a friend or family member about zines or even a stranger!
July 4 – AmeriZine Day! Explore marginalized voices in America. Buy, share, and read zines about racial justice and zines written by people of color.
July 5 – Review a zine online or write a review to share in your own zine.
July 6 – Zine Pride Day! Explore LGBTQIA zines! Buy, share, and read zines by people of marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities. Check out the Queer Zine Archive Project!
July 7 – Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Order zines from a distro to get yourself some reading material for IZM2018
July 8 – Cook with a recipe you found in a zine!
July 9  – Write a letter to a zine penpal
July 10 – Write a letter to a zine maker you don’t know
July 11- International Zine Day! Buy, share, or read zines from a country different than your own
July 12 – ZineWiki Day! Add to or update zinewiki.com
July 13 -Friday the 13th! Make up a zine superstition and share it (skip the 13th issue? Spin 3 times to prevent copier jams or avoid paper cuts? Let your best friend read your zine before anyone else?)
July 14 – ValenZines Day! Give yourself some zine love in whatever way it means to you! read zines in a bubble bath? Buy some new scissors? Let your zine friends know you care about them.
July – 15 Free Zine Day! Give zines away or leave zines in public place for a stranger to find
July 16 – Make a list of reasons you love zines and share it with others
July 17 – make a flyer for your zine to trade with others or to send out with zine orders and trades
July 18 – Zine trade Day! Ask someone to trade zines
July – 19 Send your zine to a distro for consideration in the distro
July 20 – Zine Shop Appreciation Day! Visit your local zine shop!
July 21 – Zine Library Day! Visit your local zine library. Don’t have one in your area? Why not start one?
July 22 – Send or drop off your zine to a zine library to be included in their collection
July 23 – Order zines from a different zine distro
July 24 -Teach yourself a new zine skill like a new binding technique or how to make a 1 page zine
July 25 –  Send your zine out for review to a website or magazine that does reviews
July 26 – Organize your zine collection
July 27 – Post online about some of your favorite zines!
July 28 – Plan or attend a zine event! Big or tiny!
July 29 – Take a photo of you with your zine or zine collection and post it online
July 30 – Write a letter or post about your IZM2018
July 31 – HallowZine! Remember zines and zinesters that are no longer with us.

Extra Credit:

  • Read a zine everyday

  • Attend or organize a zine event

  • Do a 24-hour zine. Sign up at 24hourzines.com

  • Draw a comic a day, then release a comic zine.

  • Write about our progress daily online.

This year for IZM, I’ve been tweeting about my participation on Twitter with the hashtag #IZM2018. I’ll also be attending the 2018 Zine Librarian (Un)Conference which is an informative and inspirational (and fun!) gathering of zine librarians, zinesters, and people who care deeply about zines and their ability to change lives for the better. I’ve been dreaming of going to this (un)conference for years; this year will be my first-ever time attending! I can’t wait to tell you about what I learn and experience this year.

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xoxo Karina