Come express your thoughts at NDNU’s zine making space at the Gilbert Library. There will also be a zine exhibit now through November 3rd.
Zine (pronounced “Zeens”) is short for magazines or fanzines. Zines are self-publications made by anyone who wants to express themselves and their thoughts without the goal of making money.
“Zines are unique in that they are self-published and are a powerful medium for expressing uncensored ideas and telling stories that often counter mainstream ideas and thoughts,” said Instructional Design Librarian at NDNU, Pia Walawalkar.
Pia Walawalkar and Collin Thormoto, Library Access Services Manager at NDNU, came together to organize an exhibit where students can read and get inspired by the different zines that have been published by people across the country. Some of the zines you can find at the exhibit cover topics such as feminism, bullying, yoga, love for art, eating disorders, a taxi driver’s guide to SF and more.
Along with the exhibit, the library also provides a democratic space for students to create their own zines. They have all the necessary supplies for students to start their zines, get them printed and published. For those who have never done a zine, there are instructions posted on the wall for students to have a guide when making their zines. There is no limit on what the zines can be about. They can be of any mixed format and cover a range of topics.
“[Students] can publish anything they want to publish. There are people who have done zines on meetings, interviews, drawings. [Zines] is a very good medium,” said Thormoto.
Apart from creating a space at the library for zine making, Walawalkar took the initiative to make zines an influence in the NDNU community. Walawalkar is co-teaching a freshman seminar course this year and for their midterm, students made zines. The goal of this activity was for students to share out how community engagement activities, Call-to Action day, and their first year at NDNU has impacted them.
Although zines are having a come back, people have been enjoying reading zines for years now because they are able to read about different perspectives in regards to many issues.
Michelle Clark, Teen Services Librarian at Redwood City’s Downtown Library, has been reading zines for a while “because they offer a lot of different perspectives when they come to perspectives on social issues and even different perspectives on art.”
If students need help creating a zine and how to get it published, they are welcomed to contact Pia Walawalkar via her email email@example.com or they can drop in at the library and ask for her.