The Prison Library Primer: A Program for the Twenty-First Century
by Brenda Vogel
In this century the central and quintessential correctional facility program ought to be the library. While the U.S. prison industry has embraced a massive reentry movement emphasizing literacy and job readiness for former felons, prison libraries have been ignored as potential sources for reintegration. In The Prison Library Primer: A Program for the Twenty-First Century,...more
ebook, 296 pages
Published August 28th 2009 by Scarecrow Press
(first published 2009)
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Dec 29, 2012 Kathrina rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
For the three or four people left in the world who actually give a damn about prison libraries, this is required reading. No other book exists that so comprehensively covers almost every aspect of managing this specific kind of library service (unfortunately, Vogel does not cover facilitating book groups, but she's put enough on her plate). Vogel was a leader in prison library service, and it is a tragedy that she died recently. The nation is waiting (most folks don't realize they're waiting, bu...more
Brenda Vogel was director of the award winning Maryland prison library. She presents the reader with an honest portrait of what it means to be inside, and how that leads to everything from collection concerns to misuse of materials. In otherwords she doesn't just say things will be great you will make a difference. Eventually you see that but not until you realize the priison librarianship difficulties, concerns , and future.