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Learn more about correctional librarianship
American Library Association
ASCGLA – Association of Specialized, Government and Cooperative Library Agencies
- Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detained interest group
ODLOS – Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services
Correctional libraries face many of the same issues as rural and small libraries:
- Solo professional or paraprofessional staff
- A single library to serve a diverse patron (education level, literacy, interest, age, ability, etc.)
- Small budgets
In addition to the national organization, chapters are active in about 25 states. Call 800-222-5646, ext. 0129 to see if a chapter provides local professional activities in your state.
Prisonemail@example.com For information and to subscribe, go to lists.ala.org/sympa.
Yalsafirstname.lastname@example.org For information and to subscribe, go to lists.ala.org/sympa.
- Down for the Count: A prison library handbook. Brenda Vogel. Scarecrow Press, 1995. ISBN 0810829274 / 978-0810829275
- Guidelines for library services to prisoners, 3d ed. (pamphlet), Lehmann & Locke. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, 2005. ISBN 9077897070
- Library Services to the Incarcerated: Applying the public library model in correctional facility libraries. Clark & MacCreaigh. Libraries Unlimited, 2006. ISBN 1591582903 / 978-1591582908
- Library standards for adult correctional institutions (pamphlet), Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies. American Library Association, 1992. ISBN 0838975836
- The Prison Library Primer: A Program for the Twenty-First Century. Brenda Vogel. Scarecrow Press, 2009. ISBN 0810854031 / 978-0810854031
- Directrices para las bibliotecas de prisión de Cataluña (pamphlet), Col-legi Oficial de Bibliotecaris-Documentalistes de Catalunya, 2007, Col-legi Oficial de Bibliotecaris-Documentalistes de Catalunya, 2007. ISBN 9788486972257
Public library partnerships
Partnerships with Correctional Libraries – webinar archive and handouts (from 3/6/2018)
Learn how your public library can form partnerships with nearby correctional libraries. Support your future patrons today!
Parenting from prison
- Read to the Children program in correctional libraries.
- Want to check out Read to the Children and One Book Colorado videos? View them at the Colorado Virtual Library.
- The National Resource Center on Children and Family of the Incarcerated
- The Sesame Street educational tool kit, "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration," is recommended for families and children ages 3-8 who have an incarcerated parent.
Working in prison – jobs in Colorado
Job openings - from CO-Jobs
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