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Breaking Down Barriers to Higher Education in Prison: Access to Library Resources

In this GlobalMindED webinar about efforts to break down the barriers of higher education in prison, I explore how incarcerated students lack access to quality library resources and describe the efforts JSTOR has made to overcome this by providing an offline index of its digital library.

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Breaking Down Barriers to Higher Education in Prison: Access to Library Resources

  1. 1. Breaking Down Barriers to Higher Education in Prison: Access to Library Resources Alex Humphreys @abhumphreys GlobalMindED Webinar May 20, 2020
  2. 2. The barrier: Incarcerated students do not have access to high-quality library resources.
  3. 3. LOOKING CLOSER AT THIS BARRIER No internet access and prison libraries – even those dedicated to Higher Ed in Prison programs – are very small Student research is done “by proxy” – which isn’t real research Students don’t get to develop research skills, which are a critical part of higher education
  4. 4. JSTOR More than 11,000 libraries from 170+ countries currently provide access to JSTOR. Content has been consistently added since JSTOR’s launch. More than 79 million pages of journal content plus nearly 80,000 books and 2 million primary sources are now available and preserved. 6 million people visit JSTOR every month to conduct research.
  5. 5. JSTOR’S FIRST ATTEMPT AT OVERCOMING THIS BARRIER 2007 – initial request from Bard Prison Initiative Objective: a method for students without Internet access to search JSTOR and select relevant content for their research Solution: Offline browser that provides a searchable index of content on JSTOR, but not the full-text of documents. Requires students to request needed content, and instructors or librarians to find, print, and deliver.
  6. 6. 1. Student searches 2. Requests interesting articles from program staff 3. Staff return to campus 4. Staff print article 5. Printed article returned to facility 6. Media review 7. Student reads!
  7. 7. 1. Student searches 2. Requests interesting articles from program staff 3. Staff return to campus 4. Staff print article 5. Printed article returned to facility 6. Media review 7. Student reads! Best case: 2 weeks
  8. 8. 1. Student searches 2. Requests interesting articles from program staff 3. Staff return to campus 4. Staff print article 5. Printed article returned to facility 6. Media review 7. Student reads! Worst case: 3 months to never
  9. 9. TODAY 19 programs have received the index. We hear that JSTOR is one of very few academic resources that has ventured a solution for prison education programs. We see potential for improving the index, content, process, instructor experience, and student success.
  10. 10. Expanding JSTOR’s Support for Higher Education in Prison
  11. 11. JSTOR’s long term goal: Provide full access to JSTOR to as many higher education in prison programs as possible.
  12. 12. JSTOR’s long term goal: Provide full access to JSTOR to as many higher education in prison programs as possible. JSTOR’s goal for this project: Improve and test JSTOR’s offline solution in order to learn what it will take to expand access to it.
  13. 13. IMPROVED SOLUTION  NUCs, not thumb drives ○ = a search appliance  Can be used in two modes: ○ Networked device within the facility ○ As a configuration engine to create thumb drives for smaller computers  Both search index and Open Access content  Some support for request workflow  Automatically update content and functionality when connected to internet  Robust documentation for admins and students, including how to conduct academic research
  14. 14. NEXT STEPS Implement the new solution at five programs Gather feedback and data Continue to improve system
  15. 15. THE IMPACT OF COVID19 Prison facilities have gone on lockdown, forbidding outside visitors Education programs have either closed or switched to correspondence We have shifted our project to enhancing the solution so that it’s better when programs resume
  16. 16. THE IMPACT OF COVID19, CO. Some programs are contemplating online learning More facilities may contemplate access to vetted and secure websites We are interested in finding a way to do so while providing an experience as close as possible to that of students on the outside Doing so would make great progress in overcoming this barrier to higher education in prison
  17. 17. Thank you Alex Humphreys Director, JSTOR Labs ITHAKA labs.jstor.org @abhumphreys alex.humphreys@ithaka.org
  18. 18. Appendix
  19. 19. ITHAKA is a not-for-profit organization that helps the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. JSTOR is a not-for-profit digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. Ithaka S+R is a not-for-profit research and consulting service that helps academic, cultural, and publishing communities thrive in the digital environment. Portico is a not-for-profit preservation service for digital publications, including electronic journals, books, and historical collections. Artstor provides 2+ million high-quality images and digital asset management software to enhance scholarship and teaching.
  20. 20. JSTOR Labs works with partner publishers, libraries and labs to create tools for researchers, teachers and students that are immediately useful – and a little bit magical.

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