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Library Services for the Incarcerated and Detained

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 

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