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The Prison Library Primer: A Program for the 21st Century

The Prison Library Primer: A Program for the 21st Century

by Brenda Vogel
     
 

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In this century the central and quintessential correctional facility program ought to be the library. While the U.S. prison industry has embraced a massive reentry movement emphasizing literacy and job readiness for former felons, prison libraries have been ignored as potential sources for reintegration. In The Prison Library Primer: A Program for the Twenty-First

Overview

In this century the central and quintessential correctional facility program ought to be the library. While the U.S. prison industry has embraced a massive reentry movement emphasizing literacy and job readiness for former felons, prison libraries have been ignored as potential sources for reintegration. In The Prison Library Primer: A Program for the Twenty-First Century, Brenda Vogel addresses the unique challenges facing the prison librarian.

This practical guide to operating and promoting a correctional library focuses on the basic priorities: collection development; location, space planning, and furnishing suggestions; information on court decisions and legislation affecting prisoners' rights. This volume also includes an information-skills training curriculum, sample administration policies, essential digital and print sources, and community support resources.

Equipped with practical library science tools and creative solutions, The Prison Library Primer is an invaluable resource that will help the librarian and library advocate develop, grow, and maintain an effective, user-centered library program.

Editorial Reviews

February 2010 Corrections Today
Vogel has done her homework for this work. . . . Throughout the text, she uses a judicious blend of philosophy and practical tips for the working librarian and adds a truckload of references to other current library science and criminal justice resources. . . . The beauty of The Prison Library Primer is that it challenges the opinions of its reader. . . . The reader is kept turning the pages because of Vogel's writing style.... There is something for everyone (correctional managers, correctional officers, elected officials, public policymakers, educators, librarians) in The Prison Library Primer, and I recommend that all these stakeholders, especially librarians and correctional professionals seeking to do and to understand the always difficult job of the facility's information scientist, read this book.
May 2010 American Reference Books Annual
Presenting 15 well-researched and well-documented chapters, this work suggests innovative solutions to the challenges faced by today's prison and jail librarians at all levels of security to help these vital libraries grow, restore, and regenerate service. . . . This is a valuable book for any prison librarian or someone considering entering the world of prison librarianship. It can also be used by a student or scholar of criminal justice, seeking additional information about library and information services in prisons and jails.
February 2010 Booklist
The new work is a substantive, thoroughly developed guidebook for effective service despite the current punitive approach in corrections work and legal decisions....Highly recommended for libraries that serve or would like to serve prisons, state and county system libraries, and academic and library school libraries.
Law Library Journal
Brenda Vogel's The Prison Library Primer: A Program for the Twenty-First Century is a well organized, thorough, and practical guide to administering libraries in correctional facilities. …While her knowledge and experience lend credence to The Prison Library Primer's content, Vogel's unwavering commitment to an often-overlooked community of library patrons makes the book truly inspiring.

Library Journal
This serves as a revised edition of the author's Down for the Count: A Prison Library Handbook (1995), in which she wrote about prison libraries as fundamental parts of the correctional system. Now, referring to her own former experiences as Coordinator of Maryland Correctional Education Libraries, Vogel instructs fellow prison librarians on how to function in this environment. How does a librarian put together a viable book collection considering the censorship imposed by the prison authorities? How does he/she adjust to the watching, the listening, as well as the being watched that is a part of the culture? How can one keep one's sanity when the logic of the prison environment would be considered outrageous in the outside world? Most of all, how can the librarian best make a difference in the lives of the inmates for whom the library is the only acceptable escape from their grim surroundings? Vogel gives her answers to these and other questions in 15 succinct chapters. Although her book is directed at prison librarians, she also gives the general reader a poignant glance at what it is like to work in a prison. Highly recommended for correctional, public, and academic libraries.—Frances Sandiford, formerly with Green Haven Correctional Fac. Lib., Stormville, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810854031
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Brenda Vogel spent 26 years as the Coordinator of Maryland Correctional Education Libraries. An outspoken advocate for prison library services, Vogel was named Library Journal's Librarian of the Year in 1989. She is the author of Down for the Count: A Prison Library Handbook (Scarecrow, 1995).

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