by Rowanne Dean Barnard Zine Library, 2015
The zine library at Barnard College has over 7,000 zines in its collection, with over 2,700 available for checkout. If you're from Barnard, Columbia University, or a Teachers College affiliate, you can check zines out by showing ID. Zines can also be requested through interlibrary loan and researchers (aka anyone) can use the zine collection as long as they contact zine librarian Jenna Freedman for an appointment. The collection focuses on zines "written by women (cis and transgender) with an emphasis on zines by women of color" and zines on feminism and femme identity by people of all genders. If you have a zine that you think might fit the collection, you can contribute it by emailing the details to email@example.com. The "Barnard Zine Library" zine contains a lot of important information that could be helpful for someone interested in learning more about the history of zines, including what they are, why they are important, how to use the Barnard collection (including screenshots of how to search for them in the library catalog), suggested titles, websites, and other resources. I really enjoyed the section about Zines & Scholarship, where an excerpt from Torie Quiñonez's proposed syllabus explains some of the background of the Do-It-Yourself ethos:
"... we replace the demonstration of what we are against with what we are for. The key to do it yourself is to stop asking and start doing. Zines are a refutation, offering the option of creating instead of consumption, and taking back instead of passively absorbing information."
"Cite This Zine" (Kate Giari, 2009) is another zine compiled by the Barnard Zine Library, and discusses the importance of citing zines to give authors/creators proper credit for their work (MLA, APA, and Chicago style).