Jail Library Service: A Guide for Librarians and Jail Administrators

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American Library Association, 1981 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 114 pages
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Designed to provide basic information on joint planning of library services for jail populations by correctional and library personnel and inmates, this curriculum guide covers 10 topics: (1) a rationale for library services in jails; (2) the characteristics and role of the jail librarian; (3) the first steps in planning library services; (4) assessing the needs of inmates; (5) options for the delivery of jail library service and record keeping; (6) types and sources of materials and working with a materials selection policy; (7) service options, i.e., literacy programs, GED or high school completion, learner's advisory service, college-level examination program, correspondence courses, reentry classes or seminars, programs on topics of special interest, legal referral service, and information and referral; (8) how to develop community support for the jail library programs; (9) sources of funding, including suggestions for writing proposals; and (10) how to evaluate the program. Sample checklists, worksheets, and questionnaires are included, as well as short written exercises for the user of the guide. Appended materials include a list of national resources, library standards for jails and detention centers, a sample materials selection policy, sample policy statements, and sample questionnaires for interest surveys. (SD)

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Rationale for Library Services in Jails
The Jail Librarian
Assessing Needs

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