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'Feministing' the Library: Resources for Feminist Librarians

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The collection consists of different media that librarians can utilize and learn from that will help them make their libraries feminist spaces.

Whether the materials include articles on new, queer-friendly classification systems or book reviews on feminist works, the media in the digital repository will inform librarians in how to both evade and confront patriarchal systems in the library. Included are blog posts, podcasts, scholarly journals, books, and readers’ advisory lists. These materials can inspire librarians to implement feminist programming in their libraries and add feminist resources to their collection development. News articles—such as one stating how the San Diego Public Library System trained ALL of its employees to identify and communicate with victims of sex trafficking—offer examples of how librarians can partake in outreach that correlate to feminist principles.

Our Bodies, Our Shelves | SLJ Spotlight. Human sexuality, reproductive health, gender, and sex: these subjects are more topical than ever. The constant barrage of information can be bewildering, but these recent offerings make complex topics accessible and ensure that teenagers will be informed about issues that affect them. Amber J. Keyser’s The V Word is a thought-provoking and honest collection of pieces about virginity that challenges assumptions about sexuality. Two titles from Lerner, Feminism and Reproductive Rights, provide comprehensive treatments that will get students thinking about civil liberties and social justice. Higgins, Nadia Abushanab. Feminism: Reinventing the F-Word. 112p. bibliog. chron. ebook available. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. Gr 6 Up –Young people interested in learning more about the history of women’s rights in America will gain much from this well-written review of feminism.

Keyser, Amber J., ed. Wittenstein, Vicki Oransky. How Librarians Can Help Fight the Culture of Slut-Shaming. Everything about the word “slut” changed for me when I read an online article by a woman who shared her experiences as a former slut. Ostracized at school for her sexual behavior, this woman revealed that as a teenager, she had multiple sex partners as a means to redress her sexual abuse as a child. She was attempting to write over that abuse with positive experiences—to take back control of her sexual life. Reading her story was, for me, one of those eye-opening moments. I was reminded that whatever my—anyone’s—personal beliefs may be, we can never understand others unless we truly hear their stories.

Now, I am thinking about what we can do to better understand slut-shaming in the teen community and to help to put an end to it. Slut-shaming is the practice of branding girls who are sexually active and shaming them for their behaviors. Slut-shaming and YA lit Fast forward almost 30 years. In Fault Line (S. & S., 2013) by Christa Desir, Ani is gang raped at a party. A queer, feminist agenda for libraries: Significance, relevance and power | Feral Librarian. Bess Sadler and I are slated to present a paper on Feminism and the Future of Library Discovery at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference here at Stanford next month. It has been really interesting to think about how to present these ideas to a primarily non-librarian crowd. Bess is doing most of the real work, but I promised to try my hand at providing some context in an introduction.

This is super drafty, so comments very welcome. Libraries have never been neutral repositories of knowledge. This will likely strike many, particularly scholars working in feminist and/or queer theory traditions, as a not particularly novel or insightful claim. I expect that most will readily concede that libraries surely reflect the inequalities, biases, ethnocentrism, and power imbalances that exist throughout the academic enterprise. Collection development decisions have profound impacts on who and what is represented in the scholarly and cultural record. Shelved together in Green Library.

Like this: Libraries need a feminist agenda…but which one? | Sense & Reference. Hey gang. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while; I’ll tell you, it’s been a heck of a busy semester. Still, I couldn’t bear the thought of ending the year with my last post all the way back in September. So, let’s end the year with everyone’s favorite kind of post: cis-hetero white guy writes some stuff about feminism. There’s no way this can go bad, right? I’ve been paying close attention to a lot of discussions that have popped-up on the tubes over the past several months, and one that I’ve found particularly interesting involves the intersection of three ideas: librarianship, objectivity, and feminism.

Way back in August, Chris Bourg wrote about a queer/feminist agenda in librarianship and then argued that all librarians have implicit agendas. This is the part where I explain that, yes, I do identify as a feminist. Critical feminists (CFs) trace their lineage to four important 20th Century ideas: psychoanalysis, post-structuralism, phenomenology, and pluralism (alliteration win!). Charleston Library Hands Out “Some Girls Are” After School Bans Book. A South Carolina high school’s decision to pull Courtney Summers’s Some Girls Are (St Martin’s Griffin, 2010) from its freshman summer reading list has led to a public campaign to get the title into students’ hands another way.

Andria Amaral, librarian and young adult services manager at Charleston (SC) County Public Library, received more than 1,000 copies of Summers’s young adult novel after BookRiot editor Kelly Jensen (@catagator) spearheaded an online donation drive to offer the book to students for free. Students are already cracking open the pages. “They are amazed,” says Amaral. “They say, ‘I can keep it? Can I take another one for a friend?’” The story chronicles how the tables turn on popular girl and bully Regina Afton. West Ashley High School in Charleston, SC, pulled the title in August from its optional summer reading for freshmen taking Honors English 1 in 2015–16.

Anderson’s Speak Under Attack, Again. By Rocco Staino Just in time for the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak (FSG, 1999) is under attack once again. This time, Wesley Scroggins, an associate professor of management at Missouri State University, is cautioning parents of the Republic School District against what he refers to as “soft porn” books used in the curriculum, including Speak, which is about rape.

Scroggins’s op-ed piece in Missouri’s News-Leader has generated more than 300 comments on the newspaper’s website, is the topic of several blog posts, and prompted its own Twitter feed (#SpeakLoudly). School Library Journal spoke to Anderson about the controversy. Last Sunday at 6:39 a.m. you first tweeted about Wesley Scroggins’s article, in which he calls Speak, immoral, filthy, and soft pornography. What’s been the reaction to that tweet and your blog post about it? The reaction has been astounding. It must feel good to have so much support in such a short period of time. FYI -011- San Diego Public Library -- Out Of The Shadows Program by publiclibrariesonline | Public Libraries Online. San Diego Public Library Raises Sex Trafficking Awareness. Photo credit: Monnee Tong While slavery is often not thought of as a contemporary issue, sex trafficking is a form of modern slavery that affects some 4.5 million people globally.

Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline has received more than 14,000 reports of cases inside the United States. According to the FBI, San Diego is one of the 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation (Los Angeles and San Francisco are also on the list). Run mainly by local gangs, sex trafficking is an $810 million industry in the city, representing its second largest underground economy after the drug trade. The San Diego Public Library (SDPL) is working to reduce these statistics with Out of the Shadows, a comprehensive sex trafficking awareness campaign.

The program’s genesis came from an encounter between a teenager and Ady Huertas, then teen services manager at SDPL’s Central Library (a 2015 LJ New Landmark Library winner). Feminism and libraries: Knowledge is our superpower. The Feminist Library held its first salon of 2015 on Saturday 31st January. This year our salons are celebrating the library’s 40th anniversary with each monthly salon themed around a different section of our unique cataloguing system to highlight our collection. Knowledge is our Superpower My so-called secret identity Will Brooker spoke about the original cool librarian – Batgirl!

Next on the itinerary was a discussion on feminism in the context of libraries. Feminism and libraries We discussed what necessitates the need for a feminist library. We also felt it was important that the library isn’t just about the collection, but the space and the people you meet through it. Classification Systems In 1979 the Feminist Library created its own classification system in response to the sexism displayed in other classification systems such as Dewey. What do you expect to see from the Feminist Library collection? We were really pleased with the turn out and the stimulating discussion. Emma Hughes. Book: Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction (Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies) (9781936117550): Maria T. Accardi.

Book: Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond (9781936117871): Melissa Morrone: Books. Information Literacy and Social Justice: Radical Professional Praxis: Lua Gregory, Shana Higgins: 9781936117567: Amazon.com: Books. Book: Questioning Library Neutrality: Essays from Progressive Librarian by Alison Lewis (Editor), Alison M. Lewis (Contributor) Library Feminism and Library Women's History. Activism and Scholarship, Equity and Culture.

Feminism and the Future of Library Discovery. By Bess Sadler and Chris Bourg Libraries are not Neutral In spite of the pride many libraries take in their neutrality, libraries have never been neutral repositories of knowledge. Research libraries in particular have always reflected the inequalities, biases, ethnocentrism, and power imbalances that exist throughout the academic enterprise through collection policies and hiring practices that reflect the biases of those in power at a given institution.

In addition, theoretically neutral library activities like cataloging have often re-created societal patterns of exclusion and inequality. For example, in The Power to Name, Hope Olson documents the ways the Dewey Decimal system has historically reflected patterns of knowledge organization that now seem archaic, such as classifying the subject of pregnancy under the heading of disease, and the subject of lynching under the heading of law enforcement (Olson 2002). Pluralism and Self-Disclosure in Search About the authors Works Cited. Thesis: “Strong views about what you call things” : how disability studies scholars interact with information classification systems.

The feminist librarian. ALA Feminist Task Force. The Subversive Librarian. AnnaClutterbuck-Cook (@feministlib) | Twitter. Feminism and the collective collection | Feral Librarian. Text of my talk at BLC Networking Day 2015 below: title slide: feminism & collective collection I guess I should start by explaining my title a bit. Here’s the deal – In April of this year, a paper I co-authored with Stanford colleague Bess Sadler, titled Feminism and the Future of Library Discovery was published in code4lib journal.

It got a lot of great feedback and in general was pretty well-received. So when I was asked to give one of the keynotes today for the Boston Library Consortium Networking Day, I had no choice but to talk about “Feminism and the collective collection.” I’m kidding, of course, well mostly kidding. I’m talking about the collective collection because that’s sort of what we are about as libraries right now – not just at the BLC, but every research library I know of is looking for ways to leverage partnerships with others to supplement their own collections. Rosy the riveter socks And I’m talking about feminism because I’m an old feminist.

Yes, that’s right — Like this: Sexual Abuse Resources and Booklists. Show this graphic to anyone who says rape isn't a real issue in America. Home - Sex Trafficking Awareness - Resource Guides at San Diego Public Library. Ms. Magazine: Top 100 Feminist Non-Fiction Countdown. In this next batch of books, feminists consider the everyday: how we eat, shop, marry, parent and worship. Is there something sinister lurking behind a young girl’s love of the color pink? Is matrimony in the 21st century all it’s cracked up to be? Our chosen writers have a lot to reconsider, reframe and dismantle. And bell hooks makes her first (but not last!) Appearance on the list. 90. Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein Harper, 2011 In her New York Times bestseller, Orenstein set out discover just how our pink and princess-crazed culture lures young girls and how she can keep it far, far away from her daughter, Daisy. 89. 88. 87. 86. 85. 84. 83. 82. 81. Do you agree? See the previous list | See the next list | Go to the complete list How we did it (our pseudo-scientific methodology): After calling for nominations on September 9, 2011, we counted all reader picks that appeared on the Ms.

69 Books Every Feminist Should Read, From Mary Wollstonecraft To Roxane Gay. As bell hooks once wrote, feminism is for everybody. Coming to embrace feminism can be relief, but a challenge, too. Once you've identified as feminist, you might have questions about the history or what's happening within the movement. What does "third-wave feminism" mean? What about the goals of feminists of color?

Can I wear high heels and be a feminist? I've pulled together a list of some essential feminist texts for you to read at your leisure — although it may not look exactly like what you think. For instance, it's not just theory — there are novels and memoirs on here, too. And, of course, this list is long, but it isn't exhaustive by any means. Here's my hope, though: All feminists will see themselves somewhere in these selected texts. Image: Fe Ilya/Flickr 'The Camera My Mother Gave Me' by Susanna Kaysen One day, having previously enjoyed a healthy sex life, Susanna Kaysen’s vagina began to hurt. 'Assata: An Autobiography' by Assata Shakur 'The Joy Luck Club' by Amy Tan.

10 Life-Changing Books Every 20-Something Feminist Needs to Read - Mic.