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Title:
Down for the count : a prison library handbook
Author:
Vogel, Brenda, 1938-
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Publication Information:
Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1995.
Physical Description:
xi, 193 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780810829275
Format :
Book

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Central Library Z675.P8 V64 1995 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Examines all aspects of establishing prison library service, describing process models and procedures that can result in overcoming negative sentiment. Includes examples of prison library regulation, state prison library standards, recommended readings, and a list of advocacy organizations. An outline of a clerical training program for inmate assistants and a user satisfaction survey are also included.


Author Notes

Brenda Vogel is coordinator of Maryland Correctional Education Libraries/Maryland State Department of Education and currently edits the Directory of State Prison Librarians annual. She was Library Journal's Librarian of the Year, l989.


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Library Journal Review

Until recently, the area of correctional facility libraries has been overlooked in the professional library literature. Now, two handbooks have appeared. Vogel's Down for the Count is the better of the two. Rhea Rubin's Libraries Inside: A Practical Guide for Prison Librarians (Professional Reading, LJ 4/1/95) covers the same material but comes up with conflicting solutions. Using her own experience as a correctional facility librarian (she is coordinator of Maryland Correctional Education Libraries/Maryland State Department of Education and was Library Journal's Librarian of the Year for 1989, LJ, January 1990, p. 46-48), Vogel discusses library management, technology, book selection, staff, budgeting, and interior decorating in 15 chapters. She also includes chapters with intriguing titles as "Staff: Civilian and Inmate: Falling in Love and Other Pitfalls" and "They Become What They Beheld." Sadly, neither handbook may have a very long shelf life. Views of correctional facilities are changing, budgets are being cut, and libraries are closing or being put under inmate control. Correctional facilities libraries finally have been discovered, but they may go out of existence before they can enjoy their new role.¬ĎFrances Sandiford, Green Haven Correctional Facility Lib., Stormville, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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