Tess McCarthy

Tess McCarthy got her MLIS from San Jose State University's School of Library and Information Science. She's also the archivist at San Francisco's Center for Sex & Culture, Library and Archives. Her interests in the information field area are: special libraries/collections, archives; manuscripts, digital archives, collection management, human-computer interaction, reference/user services and, information seeking behavior. She also blogs about information science here: trashylibrarian.blogspot.com Warning: she blogs on and off, and her current photo blog, The San Francisco Trash Watch is her latest at: http://trashwatcher71.wordpress.com/ Off the blogosphere she gets a little reading in, goes to yoga classes, swims and draws/writes comics. When she's not doing that stuff like that she spends time updating her dog's Dogster page at: http://www.dogster.com/dogs/1058299 who passed away April 2012. The new one is named is Esme and, her Dogster diary is at: http://www.dogster.com/dogs/1272072/diary
Tess McCarthy has written 10 posts for The McCarthy Archive

Advice from a newly minted archives consultant

It’s been a little over a month where I stopped being the Archivist-in-Residence at The Center for Sex & Culture.  Since then we were able to recruit someone who has a great handle on the archives and someone who will work well with the library team.  We have an intern at the gallery and another … Continue reading

How much work are you doing in bed?

Since the creation of the corded phone we have been communicating in bed. At least me. What’s worse…we flash forward to mobile technology (beyond laptops and PDAs) and guess what? I’m writing this post in bed.

Who is Tess McCarthy?

Listening to: A “best of” New Order Drinking:  microwaved coffee with non-fat milk that’s gone cold Wearing: Cords and a V-neck sweater When I started blogging in 2002, I used to write what I was listening to, what I was drinking and what I was wearing.  I did that religiously and was a way that people … Continue reading

Look for the smile

…even though it’s graffiti.

Originally posted on Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main Zine Collection:
Here’s a list of the zines we added today. To view our collection in its entirety, visit http://www.librarything.com/catalog/clpzines . Deafula #1 – Kerri “Issue one is an introduction to how I lost my hearing, where I fit in on the deafness spectrum and in the…

A scanner darkly or I need practice scanning my own drawings

Almost all* librarians and archivists know how to operate a scanner.  Scanners have been around for over twenty years now–and it’s no excuse for me.  Somehow, I have not gotten nuanced skills (or patience) with tweaking images in Photoshop. How do I take out those unattractive shadows cast in the gutters of a book? Rip … Continue reading

Enter the “Franken” prefix…

…I predict that we’ll see an uptick in “Franken- prefixes” because of Frankenstorm and it’s around Halloween? Anyhow, I wanted to learn more about how the term Frankenstorm got coined–who coined it? What gave rise to its name? Was this going to be a monster of a storm or was it going to be a … Continue reading


I’m creating my own bundle of joy: A links page all with shortened URLs thanks to the work of Bit.ly. Bit.ly has been around for a while, but it’s genius. Pure genius. Remember the days of the early Internet when we had to cut and paste URL that we didn’t know would fit in an … Continue reading

The Freedom to Read Act: We’re (thankfully) not in Nazi Germany anymore

If a book exists, people should be able to read it. It sounds so simple, but we’ve seen instances where it’s frowned upon to get a hold of any book that is deemed as inappropriate.  Especially books that are banned in elementary schools for being a little too forward or a little too magical (think … Continue reading


Welcome to The McCarthy Archive.  This blog and site is my portfolio of all my professional and creative work. 0. ePortfolio:  On this site, you will find a password protected professional blog of my work in the library, archive and information science field.  Some of the files are public, however most of the works of … Continue reading

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