The Prison Library as an Agent of Rehabilitative Change

Monday, 11/6/2017 - Friday, 12/15/2017

Many prisoners regret their criminal behavior and resolve to change their ways. Few places in the prison offer a more exciting opportunity to get inmates invested in lasting rehabilitative change than the prison library, yet many Departments of Correction undervalue the changed-based potential of both library and Librarian as vital pieces of the rehabilitative puzzle.

Ways to advocate for the library as a program environment (as opposed to being a simple management tool) will be discussed. Library-based programs such as consequential thinking, book discussions, writing-as-therapy, humor-as-therapy in the correctional environment, and the respectful treatment of women will be examined. The instructor will also share examples of course materials, curricula, and post-program data analysis. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will create a short, persuasive project proposal that they can submit to their respective institutions.
  • Participants will be introduced to a variety of rehabilitative programs currently offered in prison libraries.
  • Participants will be able to advocate for the rehabilitative potential of their library to institution Administrators.

Who Should Attend

  • Current professional prison librarians
  • Library Science students interested in prison librarianship
  • Professional librarians with a strong interest in services to prisoners
  • Public librarians who are motivated to partner with prison librarians to expand library services to prisoners

Instructor

William D. Mongelli
Institution Librarian Massachusetts Correctional Institution, Norfolk MA

Since his nine-month internship in prison library management through the University of Pittsburgh in 1985, Bill has worked as librarian for the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC), taught inmates Lexis research skills, consequential thinking, humor-as-therapy, book discussions, and ABE library orientation. He has given DOC workshops on legal research, prison library history, and constructive workplace humor. Since 2001, Bill has taught both in-person and online courses in prison library management for San Jose State University.

Registration

Cost

  • $130 for ASCLA members
  • $175 for ALA members
  • $210 for non-ALA members
  • $100 for student members and retired members

How to Register

  • Online 
  • By Fax: download, complete, and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280-1538
  • By Mail: download, complete, and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Tech Requirements

ALA uses Moodle for all online educational courses. It is hosted at http://ecourses.ala.org. Learn more about Moodle at www.moodle.org.

All content for this course will be provided by the instructor. No textbook required. 

Contact

Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org. Technical questions about the course should be directed to Melissa Tracy, RUSA Marketing & Programs Specialist, at mtracy@ala.org.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!