The Little Sex Library that Could

BeTheChange_email_SMThe California Library Association is utilizing a crowdsource voting system, allowing CLA members to weigh in on what sessions will be offered at this years annual conference, November in Oakland. Crowdsource the Vote!

You can view sessions by conference track or tags, and you can also search by any of the text in the proposals (title, presenters, description).

The Center for Sex and Culture has submitted a proposal for this years conference, please consider voting for our session.

The best Little Sex Library that Could!

The Center for Sex & Culture (CSC), located in the heart of San Francisco, has a mission to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library and archive, and resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum. As a grassroots non-profit organization with a public library we constantly evaluate and discuss the most effective ways to reach current and potential new patrons, while maintaining our survival in an escalating economic climate. However, with sex being a tantalizing and taboo subject we are hindered from displaying and communicating many of our resources in print and digital media because of clear age restrictions, but also because of current public perception of sexuality as deviant, offensive, and shameful. Attempting to balance thoughtful outreach and promotion, to be advocates for change, to organize materials with no clear cataloging categories, to maintain the day to day operations, and to manage an all-volunteer/intern staff, forces us to constantly change and evolve. We explore change by not only being librarians, but by being artists, participants, community organizers and social activists. These labels help us stretch out of our potential boxes and creatively reach others. The CSC library has also found many ways to explore change by utilizing current technology trends, such as social media, cloud computing, and open source softwares to organize, promote and manage our library.


Anissa Malady, Librarian, Center for Sex and Culture
Ian Callaghan, Center for Sex & Culture
CSC Library IMG_0323

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I hope your proposal was accepted, I would love to attend! I’m also presenting with my team (all SLIS grads): DIYnamic: Librarians in Motion, sharing how we utilize our LIS skills in other areas while applying for librarian positions. I’m a volunteer librarian at the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles, been there since January 2010! Some of our collection is in LibraryThing, but only some. The senior catologing librarian is working hard to get Koha up and running by the end of this year.

    1. Hi Toni, thanks for the comment. We would love to hear more about the efforts at the Tom of Finland Foundation. We too are attempting to make a move to Koha, it’s daunting. I will make it a point to check out DIYnamic presentation? I think an acquaintance of mine, Melissa Elrftherion Carr, is part of this group, correct?
      We were accepted too, so we will see you there! Thanks again for the note.

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