CLA’s Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award honors Californian people, groups, and organizations that have made significant contributions to intellectual freedom. Awardees are selected based on recent or important lifetime contributions to intellectual freedom.The Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award honors the memory of California librarian Zoia Horn (1918-2014), who in 1972 chose to serve time in jail rather than betray confidential information. Ms. Horn’s experience sets an example of integrity over personal comfort, and has been a model discussed in library literature and shared with generations of library students everywhere. A key goal of the Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award is to celebrate and honor other selfless examples of commitment to intellectual freedom that help preserve free speech in an open society.
A maximum of one award is given each year. The Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award recipient is honored at the annual CLA conference. The award is coordinated by CLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee.
Award nomination period closes Monday, March 27, 2017 at 5:00pm PDT.
South San Francisco Public Library’s promotion “Rad American Women A-Z: The Countdown to Rad,” has been selected as the winner in the “Less than $5 Million: Event or Campaign.” category by theCalifornia Library Association‘s PRExcellence Awards Committee. The library was chosen based on their creative use of social media and online connecting with other local organizations.
The PRExcellence Awards honor the highest quality efforts of California libraries in promoting and communicating their message to their customers. The library’s campaign will be featured in a special panel session, called “Become a Marketing Superstar,” featuring this and other PRExcellence Award projects. Librarian Anissa Malady will discuss the project to an audience of fellow librarians and conference attendees.
California Library Association PRExcellance Award 2016 submission
Rad American Women A-Z: The Countdown to Rad
On June 16th, 2015 the South San Francisco Public Library was fortunate to have the opportunity to host Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl, author and illustrator respectively of Rad American Women A-Z Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History…and Our Future! This New York Times bestselling book for kids of all ages documents America’s famed and unsung heroines. Rad American Women A-Z is a traditional A-Z primer, but instead of A is for Apple, in this book A is for Angela Davis, B is for Billie Jean King, C is for Carol Burnett, D is for Dolores Huerta, and E is for Ella Baker. The women featured include Civil Rights fighters, poets, singers, doctors, scientists, farmers, and many more important female figures. This book is an empowering primer for all genders and all ages.
Our social media campaign consisted of a 26 day countdown to the appearance of author, Kate Schatz and illustrator, Miriam Klein. Our countdown started with A for Angela Davis and ended on the day of the program with Z for Zora Neale Hurston. Each day leading up to the event we posted on one or all of our social media outlets, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, the image and information about the Rad Woman of the day, and linked back to our library holdings and other information related to that day’s person. One of our most successful days in the “Countdown to Rad campaign,” was E is for Ella Baker, which we connected and linked to the Ella Baker Center in Oakland. We were able to let people know not only about our collection of material about the brilliant, black hero of the civil rights movement, Ella Baker, but also about the great work the Ella Baker Center is doing in our neighboring city of Oakland. The Ella Baker center strives to work locally, statewide, and nationally to end mass incarceration and criminalization by mobilizing everyday people to build power and prosperity in their communities, and it was our pleasure to help spread the word about their work.
The goal of our project was to promote the Rad American Women A-Z program, to promote our library system’s material holdings, to promote the author and artist, to reach community partners, and most significantly to highlight these important famous women while empowering women of all ages to be rad and radical. Our Countdown to Rad campaign was intended to reach our social media followers, community partners and organizations, and individuals who are featured in the book. Our success was measured by how many connections, comments, likes, and reblogs or retweets we received. Our largest connection was with the Ella Baker Center and their 14.1K Twitter followers. It resulted in many retweets and a lasting connection with the organization and their followers.
FaceBook : Ursula Le Guin
FaceBook : Patti Smith
Twitter : #RadWomen
What does “Radical Reference” mean to you?
Recently I had the opportunity to explore this question in a Radical Librarianism class at Simmons College taught by Laura Saunders. The discussion revolved around the challenges and obstacles we may face when attempting to serve within a “radical” framework. Myself, along with Brian Flaherty, reference librarian at New England Law, and Alana Kumbier– librarian at Hampshire College and author of Queering the Archive, gathered to talk to a class of MLIS students on what it means to serve radical. The session was focused on human sexuality in academic or specialized libraries, but there was it turns out there much cross over into a public library setting when it come to serving in a “radical” manner. Flaherty, the Sex Law Librarian, sent me a list of topics and questions with issues such as controlled vocabulary, language, censorship, and internal biases. My library partner at the Center for Sex and Culture discussed these topics and more, and what it means for us to serve radical. Our answers to Brian’s questions can be seen here.
Connect with the panelists:
Connect with the Digital Transgender Archive
Dec 5 at 7:30pm
Dear Friends and Perverts and Perverted Friends from all fissures of the identity spectrum.
As some of you already know, The Center for Sex & Culture will be relocating this winter. All across the Mid-Market section of SOMA, SF rents have tripled (or the buildings have mysteriously caught on fire). This is all in direct correlation to the tech-boom. When we first took over this location we envisioned a secure place with longevity, then the tech-workers moved in- Twitter , followed by Square, Uber and Dolby. Of course there needs to be space built to house and feed these overpaid tech workers. In our corner of Mid-Market space we saw 3 massive city corner blocks bulldozed over to build ugly, insanely overpriced, dorms, markets, and specialized food courts. All this construction displaced communities that were already at risk and in threat of displacement- homeless, nonprofits, and arts organizations.
Our displacement, like many of our nonprofit neighbors, has forced us to reevaluate, restructure, and reimagine what CSC will become in the future. We have had many community discussion, input, meetings with the board and key staff members, as well as working with the city to determine possible relocation options. The good news, CSC Library & Archive work will continue during our closure, you can’t keep the best lil’ sex library down. We have some exciting projects underway, and are looking forward to partnering with other great organizations. We have an amazing collection of print, journals, zines, rare pulp and and extremely important archive. Freeing the information, and access for all takes time, money, and dedicated people.
Alas, we have decided what we want most is to spend time celebrating the last five years of friendship, sexiness, community and irreverence under the roof of CSC and the building we’ve inhabited on 1349 Mission St in SOMA, where so many of us have gathered in big and small groups to do all sorts of things both vertically and horizontally.
So we’re having a par-tay on DECEMBER 5TH!
Before the holidays and before we begin to pack, we’d love nothing more than to have you come and hang out with us one last time in our perverted library, gallery, and archive.
Drinks, snacks, music, and good people!
The American Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference will be held in San Francisco June 25th-30th, yes the same weekend as PRIDE! It’s going to be a fun-filled weekend. The Library, Archive and Gallery have many things planned for the long weekend, but we need your help.
On Thursday June 25th the ALA Think Tank Pre-Party will be a fundraiser for the Center for Sex and Culture Archival Library and sponsored by Makingithappen.us and EveryLibrary. All proceeds will go to support this rare archive and important social educational center.
We need help on the following days to prep for the ALA Pre-party, and so that we may host library, archive, gallery open hours during ALA/PRIDE weekend:
Sat., 6/13 – Gallery Archive Show Prep: you will be assisting gallery and space prep for a CSC archival display, this is an early shift- 9am -1pm.
Tue., 6/13 – Library work Day: you will be assisting in library, archive, gallery pre-party prep and ALA/Pride Open Hours. Continue reading “WE WANT YOU!”
This year, the ALA Think Tank Pre-Party will be a fundraiser for the Center for Sex and Culture Archival Library and sponsored by Makingithappen.us and EveryLibrary. All proceeds will go to support this rare archive and important social educational center.
The Mission of the Center for Sex & Culture is to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health. The Center for Sex & Culture aims to provide a community center for education, advocacy, research, and support to the widest range of people. Founded 1997, established as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) 2001, the Center for Sex Culture serves a nationally (in fact, globally) significant function, adding to the few accessible resources for sex education available to the public, not just academics or specialists. We have acquired various collections of books, papers, art, erotic material, personal collections from notable people in the sex-positive community, and other media.
The CSC is dedicated to collecting and preserving information about sex. We have our donors to thank for the vibrancy of our collection. Our donors, including Dr. Carol Queen, Dr. Robert Lawrence, Good Vibrations, Vern and Bonnie Bullough, Annie Sprinkle, Jonie Blank, Larry Townsend, Jello Biafra, and more were dedicated to collecting materials that have long been shunned by traditional booksellers, libraries and museums. They have collected these materials at great personal risk and expense because they believe they had intrinsic value to society. At the Center’s library, these materials have finally found a home where they are cataloged, stored and preserved for future generations of researchers and the public.
A sample of our remarkable holdings include:
- Graduate and undergraduate dissertations, representing original research
- Rare Pulp erotic fiction from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s to today
- Rare Zines from the late 1950s to today
- Sexual education textbooks from the 1970s to today
- HIV education materials from the ’80s to today
- Early 20th Century “marriage manuals” (sexual instruction guides)
- Extensive collection of sexual journals, including Sexology and Libido Magazine, the journal of sex and sensibility
- Nina Hartly fan mail
- Patrick Califia papers
About the Event
This fun event will take place at ALA in San Francisco on June 25th at 8pm until midnight. Throughout the night, you will have the opportunity to meet and network with quite a few librarians and find new friends before the conference starts. Your $35 ticket will get you complimentary beer and wine, appetizers, live music as well as tours of the center and highlight many of its important collections. You aren’t going to want to miss this opportunity to see one of the most hidden libraries in San Francisco and your money will go to a good cause so come out and join us.
On Valentine’s Day at 2PM, the South San Francisco Public library is showing a screening of Wild at Heart. A great V-Day date movie.
As part of Love in the Library month, and in anticipation of Barry Gifford’s Author Talk, taking place Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m.,we are excited to screen the action packed romance film, Wild at Heart. In 1990, director, David Lynch based this, now cult classic film, on the Barry Gifford novel of the same name- it’s the gritty love story of Sailor and Lulu.
Bring a date! I’ll make the popcorn!
This free event will take place Saturday, February 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the South San Francisco Main Public Library in our Auditorium.
The ALA Annual Conference will be held in San Francisco this summer, during PRIDE weekend, look out SF! I will be volunteering at the Zine Pavilion, and will be there representing the Center for Sex & Culture, make sure you stop by our table at the Zine Pavilion!
The Zine Pavilion crew will also be exhibiting zines, but we need your donations to make it all possible! The donations will be raffled off at the end of the ALA to one, or more, lucky libraries to help them start or add to their zine collection. Show some library love by donating your zines!
The Zine Pavilion is also looking for exhibitors!
The Center for Sex and Culture is having Valentine Book Sale, Cocktail Party, and Open Mic, Thursday, February 12 at 7PM. Nothing says I love you like SMUT! This year give your Valentine the gift that keeps on giving, erotica, literature, how to, or just some straight up porn! We will have a special V-Day Cocktail, some sinfully sweet treats, a naughty Valentine card making station, and an Open Mic- tell us all about your best or worst Valentine (performances are welcome too).
Give some love to your local sex library by buying some books!