A note from the Center for Sex and Culture’s Gallery Curator, Dorian Katz.
I’m happy to say that we have launched the Kickstarter campaign for the first catalog to be published by the Center for Sex and Culture Gallery. We have chosen a very important body of work for this first effort: our collection of safer sex posters, graciously donated to us by Buzz Bense. I would very much appreciate any donation you can make to support this project, but also your efforts in spreading the word about this campaign.
CSC’s exhibition displaying nearly 100 of these safer sex posters from the Buzz Bense collection opens on November 7 at 7 pm, and runs through January 31st 2014.
I wanted to share the presentation from today’s panel discussion at the 12th Annual SF Zine
Fest: The Center for Sex & Culture presents “Send Us Your Sick & Twisted: Community Cataloging Sexually Diverse Zines at the CSC.” A panel discussion on the advocacy to preserve and present deviant zines at CSC while engaging the community. Presented by: Anissa Malady, MLIS, Resident Librarian; Tess McCarthy, MLIS, Resident Archivist and, Ian Callahan, Community Cataloger.
The presentation was created using Prezi, which was confusing at first, but once I got into using it the possibilities of how it could be used became endless. It’s a great tool.
You can view the Prezi presentation here.
The Center for Sex & Culture Library/Archive @ 12th Annual SF Zine Fest! Aug 31st 1:00pm-2:00pm
The Center for Sex & Culture presents “Send Us Your Sick & Twisted: Community Cataloging Sexually Diverse Zines at the CSC.” A panel discussion on the advocacy to preserve and present deviant zines at CSC while engaging the community. Presented by: Anissa Malady, MLIS, Resident Librarian; Tess McCarthy, MLIS, Resident Archivist and, Ian Callahan, Community Cataloger.
The CSC Zineography project began when the Library/Archive crew uncovered a wealth of erotic, nasty (in a good way), subversive, sexual health, gender bending, queer, sex worker related zines, booklets and pamphlets. The artist in all of us fell in love with this collection and became instantly attached to getting this material cataloged and curated as a way to make them available to the community.
The growing amount of material in the zine collection required assistance in our cataloging efforts, which is when I recalled how material was being cataloged and culled for metadata at the San Francisco State University, American Poetry Archive (APA). As an intern at the APA I was able to take part in what they termed “community cataloging.” One student would be assigned one poet- they would research that poet, listen to the large amount of digital recordings from that particular poet that are part of the Poetry Archives holdings- the student would take detailed cataloging notes that would then be turned into HTML metadata used in the APA’s growing digital archive.and became instantly attached to getting this material cataloged and curated as a way to make them available to the community.
This method of “community cataloging” led to richer detail and a higher wealth of metadata to create searchable records from. The better the metadata the greater the access. At CSC we applied this same methodology. The amazing volunteers, some with official library training and others who have become “accidental librarians,” have become amazing community catalogers and have created a valuable catalog with detailed information about each zine.
The hope for this project is inclusion in a larger community of Zine Libraries, by means of a union catalog (a combined library catalog describing the collections of a number of libraries). Currently we are working in a newly formed metadata schema called xZINECOREx- developed by Milo Miller, one of the co-founders of QZAP, the Queer Zine Archive Project and other Zine libraries. ZINECORE will allow for greater access by means of combined forces. Having Zine libraries use the same method or standards of cataloging is crucial to us all becoming part of a union catalog and creating greater access of information to a wider community of users.
To hear more about our Community Cataloging project join us this Saturday, August Aug 31st 1:00pm-2:00pm at the 12th Annual SF Zine Fest!
To get involved in the community cataloging and the CSC Zine Project e-mail- email@example.com
Also, if you have a website with links to zine libraries, please add ours:
The Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 |
Join us at the 12th Annual SF Zine Fest! The Bay Area’s Premiere Zine Festival
Aug 31st 1:00pm-2:00pm
San Francisco County Fair Building
1199 9th Ave and Lincoln Way
(in Golden Gate Park)
and don’t forget the annual post-party at Mission Comics & Art.
Send Us Your Sick & Twisted
The Center for Sex & Culture presents “Send Us Your Sick & Twisted: Community Cataloging Sexually Diverse Zines at the CSC.” A panel discussion on the advocacy to preserve and present deviant zines at CSC while engaging the community. Presented by: Anissa Malady, MLIS, Resident Librarian at CSC; Tess McCarthy, MLIS, Resident Archivist at CSC and, Ian Callahan, Community Cataloger.
Join us for a panel discussion about the importance of community and libraries- and how CSC has approached the community to help us catalog it’s amazing collection of sex related zines.
San Francisco Zine Fest
The Bay Area’s Premiere Zine Festival
Aug 31st + Sept 1st 2013
San Francisco County Fair Building
1199 9th Ave and Lincoln Way
(in Golden Gate Park)
The view from the Main, San Francisco Public Library Information Desk.
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CSC Library: 2nd Annual Book Sale!
The CSC is proud to announce our 2nd Annual Library Book Sale/Open House. The 2nd Annual Book Sale will feature even more rare finds and wonderful smutty treasures than our first! Up for purchase will be all the items from our online Alibirs Bookstore, duplicates of rare magazines and serials important to the LGBTIQA community, plus items such as, Heavy Metal, Penthouse, Playboy, erotic literature, art and photography, and much much more! All prices will be negotiable and proceeds will directly benefit the CSC Library & Archive.
Please stop in on Pride Day to enjoy the library, the art and being with great, smart, creative people at the Center for Sex and Culture– your lil’ local sex community center.
The Center for Sex and Culture Library & Archive was born from, and is sustained by, donated collections of books, magazines, journals, zines, comics, dissertations, works of art, videos, memorabilia, and personal papers of key members of the community.
For information about last
years sale: The Center for Sex & Culture’s Spring Smut Sale: Own a Part of Our Sexual History written for the The SF Weekly by Alexis Coe
Fairoaks Project: Photographs by Frank Melleno, A Rare Look inside a SF Gay Bathhouse in 1978, Curated by Gary Freeman
Frank Melleno’s Polaroid photography captured an extraordinary glimpse into pre-AIDS gay sexual culture. Melleno was part-owner and night manager of The Fairoaks Hotel, a unique San Francisco bathhouse operating from 1977 to 1979. His candid images are remarkable, documenting the social and sexual behavior with celebration and no apology.
The Fairoaks was owned and operated by a gay commune, lending a co
unter-culture approach to the establishment. There were monthly theme parties including costume and “Open Door” parties, when room doors would be removed from hinges. Many images contain nudity and erotic scenes.
The restored images, known as The Fairoaks Project, were well received at Los Angeles venues Highways and drkrm/Gallery. The Advocate and Lambda Literary have written articles on The Fairoaks Project.
What a great find I came across today-a document by Sanford Berman, the father of Radical Cataloging, mixed within a book donation at the CSC Library. The document is a petition dated from April 9, 1993 addressed to the Office of Subject Cataloging Policy at The Library of Congress, concerning the issues and difficulties of users finding “sexual” subject matter in the library. The direct purpose of the petition is a demand for “catalog reform.”
The petition also calls for an immediate creation of ”essential” sex related descriptors. It is interesting to see how in the twenty years since this documents creation how some of the suggested descriptors need changing and how new ones need to be created.
Berman wrote about biases in the LC subject heading in Prejudices and Antipathies, originally written in 1971 with a reprint in 1993. In the piece Berman details alternative headings for those biased LC headings- including topics such as Race, Faith, Politics, Labor, Man, Woman and, of course, Sex.
For more information about Berman and changes made, and not made, in the LC Subject Heads since the publishing of Prejudices and Antipathies, check out Steven A. Knowlton’s, Three Decades Since Prejudices and Antipathies: A Study of Changes in the Library of Congress Subject Headings. The essay tracks changes that have been made and hits on areas of bias that still exist within the LC system.
The CSC Staff holds their favorite zines (from left to right): Tess McCarthy with “Frighten the Horses,” Betsy Foley with “Deviant- The comic book journal of Strange Sex,” Anissa Malady with “Hothead Paisan”and Ian with “Weenie-Toons!” and “Homoture #3.”
Help needed Monday, April 1st at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco! We need painters and volunteers to restore the Grace Alley Mural.
Center for Sex and Culture 1349 Mission St. (between 9th and 10th) San Francisco, CA 94103
Lovely people! We need your help.
Our entire building has been attacked by mural-bombers! Huge tags have badly marred the Eclairacuda Bandersnatch mural on Grace Alley. The city has cited us, and we have to clean the tag off AND try to perserve Eclair’s wonderful work. Robert is calling for helpers on Monday, April 1. What better way to spend April Fool’s Day than by helping preserve the work of an important street artist?
Please come help if you’re availble! It will involve scrubbing, citrus solvent, and much camaraderie. Call time is 10am; I imagine we can still use your help if you can’t get there til later. We hope to have the artist present to help guide our work.
Thank you SO much! Please help us, and invite your friends too!
You can see pictures of the mural before the tagging at http://cscmural.tumblr.com/
PS — If you can’t make it but want to help with a donation (we are going to need gallons of fixative to prevent this from happening again!):
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. Find out more at http://www.sexandculture.org/