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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