Prison Librarianship

$200.00

Dates: July 1 - July 28

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

This course introduces four key principles of prison librarianship: access, programming, safety, and preparedness. Students will learn about the importance of library spaces, materials, and resources and innovative ways to ensure access; examine how to develop engaging programs that reflect user needs and interests; learn about prison culture, overfamiliarity, and how to ensure personal safety; and develop a plan for how to remain resilient in a high-stress environment.

Course Objectives and Goals

By the end of the course students will:

- Identify different user groups within the prison and explain how to provide access to the library and library resources
- Compare different types of library programs and develop a program outline
- Examine different aspects of prison culture and identify safety practices
- Discuss self-care strategies and prepare a resiliancey plan

Course Information

Session

Credits

1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

This course introduces four key principles of prison librarianship: access, programming, safety, and preparedness. Students will learn about the importance of library spaces, materials, and resources and innovative ways to ensure access; examine how to develop engaging programs that reflect user needs and interests; learn about prison culture, overfamiliarity, and how to ensure personal safety; and develop a plan for how to remain resilient in a high-stress environment.

Course Objectives and Goals

By the end of the course students will:

  • Identify different user groups within the prison and explain how to provide access to the library and library resources
  • Compare different types of library programs and develop a program outline
  • Examine different aspects of prison culture and identify safety practices
  • Discuss self-care strategies and prepare a resiliancey plan

Sharaya Olmeda

Sharaya Olmeda worked as a Senior Librarian at a men’s prison in California from 2019- 2023. In 2022, Sharaya joined the ALA Standards for Library Services for Incarcerated or Detained Work Group, where she chaired the Drafting committee and was later chosen as a Project Manager serving a dual role in both the writing and leadership of the project. The forthcoming Standards will be published in 2024 by the American Library Association and the Mellon Foundation. Sharaya teaches Prison Library Services at Cuesta College, and is currently a Counselor at Large with the American Library Association, where she was elected to serve until 2025. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master in Library Information Science degree from San Jose State University.

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Special Session

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