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The ALA Tour Through San Francisco’s Mission is ON!

Things are finally coming together. Since March I’ve been deciding on how to be a good host to people visiting San Francisco for the American Library Association’s annual conference and how to navigate it all while enjoying SF Pride in the process. There’s lots to do, and lots of it happens south of Market Street down in the Mission District. What better way to spend your post-conference time with a total stranger who is perky, quirky, sorta funny and mildly extroverted? In April, I devised a route to try out and come up with a tour (it’s about 1 hour 30 minutes of quick stopping and walking, BART-ing, bussing, et. al.) to the Mission from 24th Street and Mission down over to 16th Street and Mission and then, ending up at the Que(e)ry Librarian event at the Make Out Room (you have to pay to play) around the 7 PM hour. Since I’ll be volunteering at the Zine Pavilion (see the Exhibits line up page here) until 4 this year, I am getting people together at 4:30 PM at Samovar Tea Lounge and escorting, absconding and consorting with strangers and taking them to places that are just great spots to hit up before some real unwinding begins. And, I have categories and art to flesh out…but here’s a peek!  Look out for a digital copy of this zine sometime before or a bit after June 11th on our Tumblr page. Scan 2015-5-31 09.48.35


About Tess McCarthy

Tess McCarthy got her MLIS from San Jose State University's School of Library and Information Science and she worked in a variety of information settings. Tess currently leads her own consulting firm in the management of digital and physical library and archives around the world. As a corporate digital image archivist, she mastered Digital Asset Management she developed and led trainings in image cataloging. She's comfortable using pronouns like she, her, they & them. When she's not organizing the world's greatest archives and libraries, she's writing and illustrating. Tess got her teeth cut in archives processing unique collections. From the Center for Sex & Culture's archival materials to the Hoover Institution, she's seen it all. At the Hoover Institution, she focused on processing, arranging, describing and writing the finding aids to several WWI and II collections. As the former archivist-in-residence at San Francisco's Center for Sex and Culture, Library/Archives she surveyed and inventoried some of the most lively manuscript collections. Her interests in the information field area are: special libraries/collections, archives; manuscripts, digital archives, digital assets, images, DAM, collection management, old maps, zines, human-computer interaction, reference/user services and, information-seeking behavior.


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