I did my class project in my Library Services to Special Populations class on prison librarians. I took a trip out to the medium security prison and got to spend some time with the librarian there and learned a lot about both prison libraries and the odd and unique role that libraries have within prisons. This week my landlady’s son is visiting. He is a prison educator. He said they are trying to hire some librarians. I dug up a few links for him in my “Oh have you tried PRISON-LIB, the prison librarians’ listserv?” way and figured I’d drop them in here as well.
- Directory of state prison librarians – the best source for names and numbers
- Library services to adult prisoners in the United States – a good intro and a well-sourced paper
- Internet Resources of Use to (Ex-) Inmates – and more from NYPL
- Three Experts Describe “How to be a Successful Prison Librarian: Preparation for a Foreign Land” – published by the ASCLA division of ALA
- Prison librarians needed: a challenging career for those with the right professional and human skills – a paper given at IFLA, 1999