The Prison Library Primer: A Program for the Twenty-First Century [NOOK Book]

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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 Century, Brenda Vogel addresses the unique challenges facing the prison ...
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The Prison Library Primer: A Program for the Twenty-First Century

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810867437
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • File size: 6 MB

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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  • Posted August 27, 2009

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    An important public policy book for everyone, not only prison librarians

    Ms. Vogel's new book, The Prison Library Primer: A Program for the Twenty-first Century is brilliant.

    To be successful contributing members of this society we all need access to reading all forms of literature; books, periodicals, newspapers and even digital information. Reading helps us to live sane and meaningful lives. Many of us do not know that libraries can provide reading and lifelong learning through cultural and educational resources to the over two million incarcerated in this nation. These resources can foster behavioral change and even increase survival/employment skills to enable the 600,000+ ex-offenders to remain crime free upon their return to the outside community each year.

    In this book the author describes the challenges that beset the prison librarian to help inmates gain access to the tools that will lead to intellectual, emotional and behavioral change. Even after decades of service as a prison library director for a department of education she maintains a passionate voice that places the reader in the heart of every prison librarian's valiant struggle. She describes how these librarians struggle to be creative and successful within a correction setting to bring cultural, intellectual and employment skill-set resources to the incarcerated population without having access to the Internet available to all other librarians in this country.

    With deep compassion she describes the frustrations and successes of the real partnerships between librarians and incarcerated people and their quest to get information that all people in this democracy should have in order to sustain or re-build a balanced life.

    This is a book for all of us, not only for prison librarians. It is for everyone that pays the taxes to support the bloated prison industry, for everyone that believes that the correctional industry needs reform including our elected officials, public policy makers and correctional administrators. Thank you for this book, Ms. Vogel, and thank you for telling us, in the outside world, how-to take steps to make the arts, sciences and the humanities available to a very large segment of our greater community.

    -Louisa Nielsen, M.A., former Humanist Administrator, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, DC-

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