ERIC Number: ED095842
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Library and Information Problems in Correctional Institutions. Volume 1: Findings and Recommendations. ILR-73-008. Final Report.
On-site visits were made to all federal and some state prisons in 10 selected states to provide current information on which decisions could be based for prison library and information services. The focus was on the broad issues of library goals and objectives, relationship of the library to the total institution and the outside community, the role of the correctional librarian, and questions of administrative structure and responsibilities. Specific findings were made in the areas of: quality, suitability, and patterns of services; problems of access; legal reference materials; staffing; censorship; selection and control of materials; library programs; space utilization; funding; administrative support of librarians; and library position in the administrative structure. A major finding was that there was an acute need for improved library service to confined persons. While no one pattern of service could be right for all situations, some of the critical factors should be: recognition of inmates' right to read, stable funding to allow systematic planning, communication and cooperation between the institution and outside libraries, service to staff as well as inmates, clientele participation in developing library services; and administrative support. The appendix includes a summary of relevant court decisions. (Author/LS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Inst. of Library Research.