Detained and Forgotten: Informational Needs of Youth in Detention

Knowing that recidivism is a chronic and persistent problem among youth who have been incarcerated our presentation will take a fresh and exciting look at methods and ideas that will help support the youth offender both inside the detention and upon the youth's release from the detention center. By communicating and talking with librarians working with incarcerated youth and the young people themselves, we will bring new insight to the need for library programs that are supportive of the immediate educational, economic, and social needs of the youth who have an experienced incarceration or have been impacted by criminal history but are no longer detained by the state.

During this webinar these three areas will be covered:
(1). The informational needs of the incarcerated and recently released youth.
(2). How the library can support these needs inside and outside of the detention center.
(3). The responsibility of the library to develop relationships with outside organizations and libraries that will continue to provide support to the youth upon his or her release from the detention center.

We will open our presentation to discussion (15-20 minutes) and allow for the audience to give feedback and to talk about their own experience with working with incarcerated youth.

By providing relevant and current information about a special population (incarcerated and recently release juveniles) we will be contributing to the literature and research supporting a population that is in urgent need of positive and supportive library services. Our webinar will encourage cooperation and outreach services that help the incarcerated youth to establish positive and supportive relationships with librarians within the detention centers that house the inmates and to build on that relationship so that upon their release the youth will continue to use the library to help with their transition back into the neighborhoods they lived in and the schools they attended before their incarceration.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to provide supportive and meaningful services to incarcerated youth.
  • How to develop positive working relationships with organizations outside the detention center that will provide continual support of the youth upon his or her release from detention.
  • How to provide the youth with the educational, social, and job related skills to reduce the changes of the youth's return to detention.

Who Should Attend

  • Academic Libraries
  • Prison Libraries
  • State Libraries
  • Public Libraries
  • Libraries serving incarcerated youth and/or adults
  • Libraries serving people with disabilities


Glenn Scott and Dena Gould

Glenn Scott presented at the Library 2.0 2012 online conference. The title of presentation was "Am I My Brother's Keeper: The Library's Responsibility to Imprisoned Youth.” Mr. Scott is currently researching in the area of the importance of the library to the impoverished, illiterate and incarcerated. Ms. Gould volunteered over 80 hours through-out Summer 2012 working with detained youth at Los Angeles County Juvenile Hall and traveled up north to observe 2 other facilities. Ms. Gould was a moderator for Glynn's presentation at Library 2.0 2012 and several others and has been collaborating with Glynn ever since. Dena is an MLIS Candidate from San Jose State University 2013. Their research and personal involvement in the academic and social well-being of imprisoned adults and youth has given us special insight into the informational and literary needs of this special population.


How to Register

Register online


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Thank you and we look forward to your participation!