Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Information Needs of Prisoners: Annotated Bibliography Part 2 of 3

This post is part of a series exploring prisoners as a user group with distinct information needs. The next segments are an annotated bibliography with applied search strategies. Please click below to read further:

Information Needs of Prisoners: A Review of the Literature
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Information Needs of Prisoners: Annotated Bibliography
Part 1
Part 3

Jones, P. (2004). Reaching out to young adults in jail. Young Adult Library Services, 3 (1), 16-8.

This survey of 44 public libraries, with 16 responses, revealed that few public libraries provide services to juvenile correctional facilities. Despite the restrictions on what materials could be accessed, the teenage users benefited from access. Details on prisoner usage in Hennepin County, Minnesota demonstrated this, with the creation of reading and writing promotional activities and a 5,000-item collection.

I searched LISA for “prison libraries” and “surveys” as keywords.

Kozup, P. C. (1992). Major issues in prison librarianship: a case study of three libraries. Unpublished masters thesis, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

A case study of three prison librarians analyzed their methods of meeting the needs of prison library users. Issues examined were prisoner usage, including access, library-based programs, and outreach services, inmate staff in libraries, in including selection, training, and evaluation, and collection development. Results indicate that the library’s service varies according to the prison administration and staff, physical space, civilian staffing availability, and the type and number of prisoners in the institution.

I searched the Eric database through Dialog with this search statement:
ss ((correctional institutions/de AND librar?) OR (prisoners/de AND librar?) OR prison libraries/de) AND (use studies/de OR library surveys/de OR research needs/de OR state surveys/de OR users/de OR case studies/de)

LaPoint, V. A. (1997). Electronic resources in Ohio prison libraries. Unpublished masters thesis, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

A survey questionnaire was sent to 29 state prison libraries of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections; twenty-two responded to the survey for a response rate of 76%. The survey analyzed prisoner access and usage of electronic resources, describing general operational procedures and current standards. Prisoners were able to access a variety of data made possible by OPAC, CD-ROMs, modems, Internet access, cooperative networks and interlibrary loan activity, and periodicals. The data indicated that most prison librarians think the addition of electronic resources can save space, save costs, and provide better access to information to meet prisoner needs.

I searched the Eric database through Dialog with this search statement:
ss prison libraries/DE AND questionnaire*

Liggett, J. M. (1996). Survey of Ohio’s prison libraries. Journal of Interlibrary Loan, 7(1), 31-45.

A survey of Ohio prison libraries collected information about library users, types of materials, serial subscriptions, circulation, budget, size, security, hours, automation, and librarian qualifications.

I searched the Eric database through Dialog with this search statement:
ss ((correctional institutions/de AND librar?) OR (prisoners/de AND librar?) OR prison libraries/de) AND (use studies/de OR users/de)

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