Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Library Observation: Prison Library
Steadily, Farnham's ideas caught on and the prison library was seen not only as a tool for spiritual reform but also something to fit the recreational and educational needs of the inmates.
Today, correctionallibrarianship faces difficult issues as the prison system model shifts from rehabilitation to retributative to re-entry. Tight budgets and behavior compliance are constantly in the background in trying to serve this needy population.
The ALA has published guidelines for prison librarianship with the most recent being the 1992 edition. http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaissues/librarystandards