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Expanding Information Access for Incarcerated People Initiative

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Expanding Information Access for Incarcerated People Initiative

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Expanding Information Access for Incarcerated People Initiative

Expanding Information Access for Incarcerated People is an initiative based in San Francisco Public Library鈥檚 (SFPL) Jail and Reentry Services program, in coordination with the 港澳台图库 (ALA). This project exists to locate library services to incarcerated people and to support the development of new services. It is made possible by a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation.


PROJECT OUTCOMES

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New Standards for Library Services for the Incarcerated and Detained

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Interactive digital map of library services for incarcerated people

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Publicly available professional development video series

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White paper on digital literacy


More information about the grant is available in an 港澳台图库press release, from the and on

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Revisioning Standards for Library Services for the Incarcerated and Detained

In 2021, a task force of correctional library workers and other institutional stakeholders headed by ODLOS began work on a massive reimagining of the 港澳台图库鈥檚 1992 Library Standards for Adult Correctional Institutions.

The new Standards will heed the current phenomenon of mass incarceration, the inequitable incarceration rates of BIPOC individuals, and the rising rates of incarceration of women (especially women of color). It will pay special attention to the incarceration of LGBTQIA+ individuals, undocumented individuals, and youth, as well as to the information needs of returning individuals.

More information about the newest version of the Standards is available at

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Where are library services for incarcerated people located, and where are they needed?

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If your library provides library services to incarcerated people that aren鈥檛 represented on the map, please let us know!

Library Services and Incarceration Video Series

This series features information from formerly incarcerated people alongside professionals providing library services for incarcerated people. It covers a range of topics relevant to the field.

港澳台图库provides free-of-charge professional development credit for viewing the videos in this series.

Recent 港澳台图库Resolutions and Publications

Resolution in Opposition to Charging Prisoners to Read

Prisoners鈥 Right to Read

An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

Libraries & Reentry

The Importance of Public Spaces, Technologies, and Community to Formerly Incarcerated Patrons

Library Services for the Justice Involved

Library Services for the Justice Involved (LSJI) is an interest group for library professionals, students, correctional staff, volunteers, or anyone who serves the underserved in correctional settings (prison, jail, detention centers, state mental health institutes, juvenile facilities) or justice-involved individuals (those in halfway houses, community corrections, sober living, transitional housing, on parole, or the formerly incarcerated).

These efforts build on ALA's historical efforts related to library services for people who are incarcerated.

1992 Library Standards for Adult Correctional Institutions

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1999 Library Standards for Juvenile Correctional Facilities

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ASCGLA鈥檚 Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detained Interest Group

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ASCGLA鈥檚 Library Services for Youth in Custody

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Libguide created by the Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detained Interest Group