July is International Zine Month. What are zines in the first place? Vassar College Libraries (2019) describe them as “a DIY, self-published medium, incorporating voices and narratives frequently absent from more traditional publishing venues (What’s a Zine section).”
How do they relate to information literacy? The ACRL Framework includes informal channels for distributing information (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, p. 15). Self-publishing is certainly an informal channel. Likewise the Framework calls attention to the unheard voices (ACRL, 2016, p. 16).
How can you create one? The Vassar College Libraries (2019) have some resources to inspire you (What’s a Zine section). Ferreira and Salisbury (2017) have students make zines, as do Montenegro and Orozco (2017). Some Colby College students made informational zines about the Belgrade Lakes region. The creative and instructional opportunities abound.
Ferreira, N., & Salisbury, M. (2017). Making zines: Content creation with first-year and transfer students. In R. Pun & M. Houlihan (Eds.), The first-year experience cookbook (pp. 18-19). Chicago, IL: Association of College & Research Libraries.
Montenegro, E., & Orozco, C. M. (2017). DIY the FYE with zines: Two mini-morsel recipes. In R. Pun & M. Houlihan (Eds.), The first-year experience cookbook (pp. 90-92). Chicago, IL: Association of College & Research Libraries.
Vassar College Libraries. (2019). Zines@Vassar. Retrieved from https://library.vassar.edu/c.php?g=510519&p=3487123