Books Behind Bars: Community Development Librarianship in Prison Libraries<br />"Mommy, can you read me some more music?"<...
Today’s Session<br />Backgrounder<br />Our current projects and initiatives <br />Community Librarianship / Public Library...
Background - Our Motivation<br />Prisoner's Right to Read Statement (ALA 2010)<br />3<br />Unfettered access to informatio...
Background -  How We Got Started<br />Tours<br />Relationship Building<br />Weeding<br />Building Relationships<br />Book ...
Background - Building the Committee<br />We recognize we are not "expert" librarians - rather we are learners in an unfami...
Background - About the EIFW<br />Opened in 1995 <br />Federal correctional facility for federally sentenced women<br />Hou...
Background - About the Women<br />82% have a history of sexual or physical abuse <br />Aboriginal women represent over 30%...
Background - The Library<br />8<br />The prison librarian was my first job and a title I was very proud to hold [...] I ha...
Background – Inmate Librarian<br />9<br />
Storybook Kits<br />10<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
Book Club<br />11<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
12<br />Blog [gelaprison.wordpress.com]<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
Our Approach: Community Development Librarianship<br />13<br />In a library context Community Development means building r...
Collaboration with Edmonton Public Library<br />14<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
Collaboration with Edmonton Public Library<br /> Providing EPL corporate card to expand EIFW    book club kit borrowing<br...
Emerging outcomes</li></ul>15<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
Supporting Reintegration<br />Technology literacy identified as one of the key challenges facing women post-release<br />V...
Rising to the Challenges<br />Security<br />Streamlining the entry process<br />Constantly evolving security standards<br ...
Rising to the Challenges<br />Bureaucracy<br /> <br />Frequent staff changes and rule changes<br />Negotiating the constra...
Rising to the Challenges<br />Prison Policy<br />At odds with core values of librarianship<br />Policies cannot be challen...
Rising to the Challenges<br />Funding<br />20<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
Next Steps<br />What role can libraries in our community play? <br />Mentor the newly released<br />Provide technology/bib...
Kirsten Wurmann, Librarian, Legal Resource Centre<br />Masha Ribich, Community Librarian, Abbottsfield Penny Mckee        ...
Questions<br />Some issues to think about:<br />Are there other way for library workers and community partnerships to supp...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Books Behind Bars LIS 598

421 views
357 views

Published on

Published in: Education
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
421
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
2
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
3
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide
  • M.R.
  • M.R.
  • M.R.
  • M.R.
  • Goals include developing and delivering instruction sessions for reintegrating women; developing and sharing best practices based on this work.
  • Books Behind Bars LIS 598

    1. 1. Books Behind Bars: Community Development Librarianship in Prison Libraries<br />"Mommy, can you read me some more music?"<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />1<br />
    2. 2. Today’s Session<br />Backgrounder<br />Our current projects and initiatives <br />Community Librarianship / Public Library perspective <br />Responding to challenges and successes<br />Film <br />Questions? <br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />2<br />
    3. 3. Background - Our Motivation<br />Prisoner's Right to Read Statement (ALA 2010)<br />3<br />Unfettered access to information is essential [to] those who wish to prosper within a democratic society [...] Suppression of ideas does not prepare the incarcerated for transition to freedom.<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    4. 4. Background -  How We Got Started<br />Tours<br />Relationship Building<br />Weeding<br />Building Relationships<br />Book drive<br />More Relationship Building<br />Training  <br />4<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    5. 5. Background - Building the Committee<br />We recognize we are not "expert" librarians - rather we are learners in an unfamiliar space<br />We are careful about making assumptions and are conscious of our own (potential) biases<br />Service and project planning for the prison library has been community-led and collaborative <br />5<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    6. 6. Background - About the EIFW<br />Opened in 1995 <br />Federal correctional facility for federally sentenced women<br />Houses minimum, medium and maximum security female inmates <br />Built to house 123 women<br />6<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    7. 7. Background - About the Women<br />82% have a history of sexual or physical abuse <br />Aboriginal women represent over 30% of women behind bars  <br />Over 80% of incarcerated women are serving time for poverty-related offences<br />2/3 of the women are mothers<br />66% do not have a high school diploma<br />7<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    8. 8. Background - The Library<br />8<br />The prison librarian was my first job and a title I was very proud to hold [...] I have always believed the women who are within the prison system are those who are in the most need of all the resources a library and community can and should provide.<br />- Susanne, former inmate librarianEIFW Fireweed Library<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    9. 9. Background – Inmate Librarian<br />9<br />
    10. 10. Storybook Kits<br />10<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    11. 11. Book Club<br />11<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    12. 12. 12<br />Blog [gelaprison.wordpress.com]<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    13. 13. Our Approach: Community Development Librarianship<br />13<br />In a library context Community Development means building relationships with people that allow the library to go beyond a simple consultation and support process and expand into meaningful and inclusive collaborations. <br />Community Development also emphasizes learning from the community and adapting library programs, services, and policies to meet the community's stated need.<br />The Working Together Project, "Community Development"<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    14. 14. Collaboration with Edmonton Public Library<br />14<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    15. 15. Collaboration with Edmonton Public Library<br /> Providing EPL corporate card to expand EIFW book club kit borrowing<br /> Exploring support for reintegration<br /> EPL-EIFW Book Borrowing Pilot Project<br /><ul><li>Institutional borrowing privileges and monthly EPL Community Librarian visits in place at EIFW
    16. 16. Emerging outcomes</li></ul>15<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    17. 17. Supporting Reintegration<br />Technology literacy identified as one of the key challenges facing women post-release<br />Volunteer group formed to explore projects that support technology literacy<br /><ul><li>E.g. survey, instruction sessions post-release</li></ul>16<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    18. 18. Rising to the Challenges<br />Security<br />Streamlining the entry process<br />Constantly evolving security standards<br />Consultation with CSC staff<br />Communication and debriefing <br />Volunteering in pairs<br />Mitigating emotional challenges<br />17<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    19. 19. Rising to the Challenges<br />Bureaucracy<br /> <br />Frequent staff changes and rule changes<br />Negotiating the constraints of the prison organization <br />Communication strategies<br />Relationship building<br />18<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    20. 20. Rising to the Challenges<br />Prison Policy<br />At odds with core values of librarianship<br />Policies cannot be challenged so we need to compromise<br />The mandate and mission of Correctional Service Canada may differ from ours, but as individuals we all care about these women<br />19<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    21. 21. Rising to the Challenges<br />Funding<br />20<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    22. 22. Next Steps<br />What role can libraries in our community play? <br />Mentor the newly released<br />Provide technology/bibliographic instruction <br />Advocate for libraries and librarians in prisons<br />Provide funding assistance for this project<br />Embark on similar projects in your community <br />Student volunteers, Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom<br />21<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    23. 23. Kirsten Wurmann, Librarian, Legal Resource Centre<br />Masha Ribich, Community Librarian, Abbottsfield Penny Mckee Branch, Edmonton Public Library<br />Moyra Lang, Researcher & Consultant, University of Alberta<br />Tara Forman, Early Literacy Librarian, Strathcona County Library <br />Tanya Driechel, Librarian, St Joe’s College, University of Alberta<br />Today's Presenters<br />22<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    24. 24. Questions<br />Some issues to think about:<br />Are there other way for library workers and community partnerships to support this type of outreach service?<br />Can you suggest other initiatives for the GELA Women's Prison Library and Reintegration Committee to pursue?<br />23<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />
    25. 25. Many thanks to our partners and supporters:<br />24<br />Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom (FLIF)University of Alberta BookstoresUpper Crust Café & Caterers<br />For more information, check out our blog:http://gelaprison.wordpress.com<br />Email: gelaprisonproject@gmail.com<br />GELA Women's PrisonLibrary & Reintegration Project<br />

    ×