Zinester Profile: Jenna Freedman & Barnard College

Today’s post is a double feature, profiling both NYC-based zinester Jenna Freedman and the Barnard Zine Library, an amazing collection which she has been managing for years.

Barnard Zine Library stacks
Barnard Zine Library stacks

About Jenna:

Jenna Freedman has been making her annual zine, Lower East Side Librarian Winter Solstice Shout Out, since 2001 and began including a reading log in 2002. She has also made a few one-off zines, including a zine chronicling a 9-city tour she did this summer with three other librarian zinesters. By day she runs the Barnard Librarian Zine Collection and is also Director of Research & Instruction Services at Barnard. Another of her endeavors is Radical Reference, a group of library workers that see to the need of activists and independent journalists and establishes local collectives that serve as affinity groups for like-minded librarians.

Here’s one of Jenna’s most recent zines being enjoyed by a cute feline friend:

Lower East Side Librarian Special Zine Tour Edition

If you’ve never been to the Barnard Zine Library you should absolutely make it a point to visit. Jenna wrote the following blurb to describe the parameters of the collection:

Barnard’s zines are written by women (cis- and transgender) with an emphasis on zines by women of color. We collect zines on feminism and femme identity by people of all genders. The zines are personal and political publications on activism, anarchism, body image, third wave feminism, gender, parenting, queer community, riot grrrl, sexual assault, trans experience, and other topics.

The Barnard Zine Library even publishes its own zine!

Sticks & Stones zine


Author: Kate Angell

I'm a college reference librarian by day and a zine librarian by (Thursday) night. I created this blog mainly to share links that can possibly be useful to people interested in issues pertaining to librarianship, gender studies, New York City, zines, and a whole bunch of other topics! Also, in case you were curious, my blog's name was inspired by Gertrude Stein's book "Everybody's Autobiography."

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