She Was a Booklegger: Remembering Celeste West

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Toni Samek, Moyra Lang, Keller R. Roberto
Library Juice Press, LLC, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 261 pages
She Was a Booklegger: Remembering Celeste West is a compilation of reflections and tales from friends and other admirers who were influenced and inspired by this larger than life feminist librarian, lesbian, publisher, and activist. Celeste passed away in San Francisco on January 3, 2008 at the age of 65. She was a pioneering progressive librarian and one of the founders of the Bay Area Reference Center (BARe, Booklegger Press, Synergy [Magazine], and Booklegger Magazine. She was also co-editor of the now classic title Revolting Librarians. From 1989 until 2006, Celeste worked as the library director at the San Francisco Zen Center. She was a radical library worker whose practice challenged established library traditions by encouraging librarians to speak up about the need for systematic change. West initiated questions and challenged assumptions (such as library neutrality) that continue to be central issues examined in critical librarianship today. However, while Celeste released a lot of work to the world as author and editor, not much was ever shared about her as subject. This memorial volume provides a written record for those who wish to learn about this remarkable woman.
 

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Contents

Living With Celeste West
3
Booklegger Press the First WomenOwned American Library Publisher
11
Remembering Celeste
45
The Sensuous Librarian Chapter
49
Celeste
53
Direct Action
55
Remembering Celeste
57
Remembering Sue Critchfield 19781985
61
Kept Women
157
Adventures of a Purple Thumb
163
These Are Book Reviews
169
People
170
Stop The Print Is Killing Me
171
A Seminar in Public Library Mangement
175
The San Francisco Fault
177
Aint Gonna Pay For War No More
178

Seeing Change
67
Viva the Library Revolution Viva Revolting Librarians
69
Celeste West 19422008
75
Celeste West 19422008
77
San Francisco Zen Center February 23 2008
81
II Photos
87
III Selected Writings by Celeste West
103
From Synergy
104
Review of Alexis Lichines Encyclopedia of Wines and Spirits AugustSeptember 1969
105
An Introduction
106
Harvest
112
Naked Lunch
113
The Media Machine Is Here
116
A New Revolution Against the oldest Oppression
117
The Last Fad?
123
No SpareTime Radicalism
136
Le Medecin Malgre Lui
139
One Where the Medium Is the Message
143
The Body Politic
144
Slow Down Youre Movin Too Fast
151
Librarians
156
Head Comix
180
Points and Magic Circles
185
Comix
186
The Devil and Dr Noxin
187
Make a Wide Open Entry for Booklegger Magazine
189
From Booklegger
191
The Collective Unconscious
192
SelfPublishing Tools
193
The Collective Unconscious
195
ContentsThe Collective Unconscious
197
Working Loose
200
The Library Free Pass
204
ALA? We Shall Overcome
205
We Become New
206
Revolting Librarians Rides Again
208
SHARE Directory Entry 1978
209
The Actualization of Desire from Lesbian Polyfidelity 1996
211
Revolting Librarians Rides Again from Revolting Librarians Redux 2003
221
About the Contributors
237
Index
243
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