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Library Services for the Incarcerated and Detained

When: 
Saturday, June 27, 2015
8:30 am to 10:00 am, US/Pacific

Meeting of the members of the ASCLA Interest Group Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detained and of those who are curious.

Calais Anguaino's picture

Hi, I am a new member and a MMLIS student and I am interested in getting involved with prison libraries.  I notice there hasn't been any activity in this community since 2015. Any reason? Thank you!

Jeannette Smithee's picture

Hello Calais

I see you have found the ASCLA Interest Group for Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detained.  Currently the Group is without a leader. But perhaps one of the members will reach out to you. The Interest Group also has a listserv that us a good way to communicate with members (Prison-L@lists.ala.org) To join the listserv go to http://lists.ala.org/sympa to search for the list Prison-L and follow the instructions to join. 

ASCLA is sponsoring an online course "The Prison Library as an Agent of Rehabilitative Change" from November 6 to December 15. There is a charge to register. If you are interested you can go to the ALA Online Learning Registration page 
http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=oloc&Template=/Conference/Confer...

To learn more about ASCLA and the many interest groups in the Division you can find a snapshot at The Member Center http://www.ala.org/ascla/members.  THe ASCLA 101 webcast / transcript, prepared by the Membership Committee gives a good overview. 

I hope you are able to learn more and touch base with prison librarians and to learn more about ASCLA.  

Jeannette Smithee
ASCLA President 2017-2018
smitheejp@gmail.com

Jeannette Smithee's picture

Calais

There is now  new leaders for the Library Service to Incarcerated and Detained.  Sarah Gebert and Kathleen Kluegel.  ALso past leader Diane Walden is coordinating a get together at Mid-winter. Here is her message. 

If you're headed to Denver for Midwinter, please let me know if you'd like to join a small group for a casual after-hours LSID gathering.  Everyone who responds by 1/31 will be included in choosing the day and time.  Reply here or email me directly: walden_d@cde.state.co.us

Kathleen Kluegel's picture

Dear LSID Folks,Hi!! I am one of the new co-leaders of our group! - I am not able to go to Denver for MidWinter and am grateful to Diane for organizing a get-together. 

Because I work with inmates only through my volunteer work with C-U Books to Prisoners [www.books2prisoners.org] I do not have first-hand knowledge about the institutional issues of prison libraries.   I have read the recent archives of the prison-l listserv and saw the broad range of topics covered.  Are there additional issues or topics that you would like to see there?  The ASCLA-iglsid listserv is less active and I am wondering what the members of LSID think about that listserv and what we might do to make it more engaging.  In my work with B2P and in my own reading I come across articles on books and prisons and am wondering if iglsid would be a useful place to provide links to those articles.   Anytime between now and Annual, I would love to hear what you hope to get out of belonging to LSID and its associated listservs.   My email is kmkluegel@gmail.comThanks.
Kathleen KluegelKeystaff Volunteer, C-U Books to Prisoners
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