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Prison librarianship policy and practice

Author: Suzanna Conrad
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Prisoners are in a grey area regarding library services. Prison libraries violate many tenets of librarianship, with the justification of maintaining order. The field is de-professionalized, many positions are filled by persons without degrees in library science, and corrections administrators often write policy for services. Critics cite the need to implement public library service models despite practical  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Suzanna Conrad
ISBN: 9781476666334 1476666334
OCLC Number: 952547474
Description: viii, 216 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: Part I: The prison library in context : current and historic purposes and policies of prison libraries --
1. Current and historic national policy --
2. Current state policy --
3. Literature on key issues in prison librarianship --
Part II: Neglect and disadvantage : the prison library as the forgotten field of librarianship --
4. Court cases affecting the prisoner's right to read --
5. Court cases affecting the prisoner's right of access to the courts --
6. The neglected profession --
7. The prisoner as the public library patron --
Part III: Research and discovery --
8. Current policies in prison librarianship : an expanded survey --
9. Prison librarianship in practice : interviews with prison librarians --
Conclusion : revisiting the role of the prison librarian --
Appendix A: Summary of state approaches to prison library services --
Appendix B: ALA advocacy policies --
Appendix C: List of citations on prison librarianship.
Responsibility: Suzanna Conrad.

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Investigates state, national, and international policies on prison libraries, reviews literature on the topic, and describes partnerships between prison and public libraries. To determine adherence  Read more...

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