Radical Librarianism

What does “Radical Reference” mean to you?

Recently I had the opportunity to explore this question in a Radical Librarianism class at Simmons CollegRadicale 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 Archivegathered 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:

Laura Saunders

Brian Flaherty-Sex Law Librarian

Alana Kumbier

Connect with the Digital Transgender Archive

Website

Internet Archive

 

 

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Eat My @Twitter ▽ The Party

Dec 5 at 7:30pm 

Dear Friends and Perverts and Perverted Friends from all fissures of the identity spectrum.

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by rosey lakos

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!

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The CSC Grace Alley Mural

The Center for Sex and Culture’s Grace Alley Mural Project on Offbeatr: Looking to raise $2000 by December 22nd 2012 for public art celebrating San Francisco’s past sexual renegades, founders, activists, and healers.

http://offbeatr.com/project/grace-alley-mural-project-10161016955

The Center for Sex & Culture is in the process of conceptualizing and creating a public art project, the Grace Alley Mural Project, to be featured on the exterior of the Center for Sex & Culture building on the wall at Grace Alley.  We have a team of our very own notorious (and not-so-notorious) muralists prepared to collaborate on this Mural, a highlight of San Francisco’s sexual history and culture.  Our group of talented artists includes Eddie CollaFinley CoylAmandalynnJeremy Novy and Éclair Acuda Bandersnatch.  Their work on Grace Alley will pay homage to our city’s pastsexual renegades, founders, activists and healers.

The Mural will be situated amidst nightlife, non-profits, neighborhood residential and mixed commerce — but it’s also a location in need of beautification to our Public Spaces.  It will emphasize the good work of non-profit organizations centered around sex, enhance the good work we are doing here and let the surrounding community know we are an organization that plans to stay and grow in this neighborhood.  The Mural will be a celebration of sex-positivity, knowledge and the work San Francisco has pioneered and achieved on behalf of sexual health, education and openness.

This Mural is a true labor of love — for sex, the community and the sex community, but we ask for your financial support to make this loving project really happen.  Specifically, your monetary donations would help toward the rental of electric scissor lifts (to be used to physically elevate the artists as they work on the wall), artists’ commissions and project supplies.  Any contributions you may be able to provide toward that estimation will be deeply cherished!

To see more images of the Grace Alley Mural Project follow us on Facebook, visit our Tumblr, or come see it in person at 1349 Mission Street in San Francisco, but we need your donations to fill this wall with art.

Donation levels and rewards:

Pledge $15 or more: Vintage Porn Magazine Stash. 
The first 10 donors to contribute $15 will receive hand picked vintage porn stash— featuring classics from Playboy, Hustler, Playgirl, and others.

Pledge $20 or more: Autographed book from Carol Queen.

The first 10 donors who contribute $20 will receive an autographed copy of a book by famed author and CSC co-founder- Dr. Carol Queen.

Pledge $50 or more: Center for Sex & Culture Goodie Swag Bag.

The first 5 donors to donate $50 will receive a Center for Sex & Culture Goodie Swag Bag. You will receive a mix of fun & naughty items. Including; adult toys from Bay Area’s own Good Vibrations (http://www.goodvibes.com), books from some of our favorite authors, vintage porn mags, and some special treats from our archive.

Pledge $60 or more: Basic Membership at CSC

The first 3 donors to contribute $60 will be granted Basic Membership to the Center for Sex & Culture. A $60 value that includes-Discounts on events and classes. Invitation to member-only events.

Pledge $100 or more: Library Membership at CSC

The first 10 donors to contribute $100 will be granted free library membership at the Center for Sex & Culture (a $100 value).

—-About the Center for Sex and Culture—-

Website: http://sexandculture.org/

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.