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ERIC Number: ED497652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 74
ISBN: ISBN-9-0778-9707-0
ISSN: ISSN-0168-1931
Guidelines for Library Services to Prisoners. 3rd Edition. IFLA Professional Reports, No. 92
Lehmann, Vibeke; Locke, Joanne
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (NJ1)
The objective of this document is to provide a tool for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of library services to prisoners. The document is intended to serve as a model guide for the development of national guidelines for prison libraries that can be adapted to reflect local circumstances. At the same time, these international guidelines reflect an acceptable level of library service, which could be achieved in most countries where national and local government policies support the existence of prison libraries. The guidelines represent a tool for planning new libraries and for evaluation of existing libraries and can be used in the absence of any local guidelines or standards. In addition to being a tool for the establishment, operation, and assessment of prison libraries, these guidelines shall serve as a general statement of principle for the fundamental right of prisoners to read, learn, and access information. The guidelines are aimed at librarians, library administrators, prison authorities, legislative and administrative branches of government, and other agencies/authorities that are responsible for administering and funding prison libraries. The guidelines apply to prisons and other incarceration facilities with a population of 50 or more and are applicable to all facilities where individuals are held in incarceration: prisons, jails, remand centers, detention centers, forensic hospitals, or other types of institutions administered by the prison authorities. The guidelines are valid for both adult and juvenile facilities. A glossary is also included. [This document represents the revised version of IFLA Professional Reports, No. 46.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Support Staff; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, The Hague (Netherlands).