Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award

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.

California Library Association PRExcellence Award Winner 2016

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



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
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