Survey of California Prison Librarians Documents Working ConditionsJulia Schneider, California Institution for Women
A group of California prison librarians, concerned that the state is not providing the resources necessary for them to deliver on literacy mandates in severely overcrowded institutions, has sent out a survey to gauge the opinions of the state's prison librarians on their work and work conditions.
Based on a Gallup research tool, this survey looks at 12 basic indicators of job satisfaction:
- Employees know what is expected of them.
- Employees have the materials and equipment to deliver.
- Employees receive recognition and praise for work well done.
- Employees have someone in their workplace to encourage their development.
- Employees feel their opinions count.
- Employees have connections to the vision of the department.
- Employees feel their co-workers are committed to doing good work.
- Employees they feel they have a best friend at work.
- Employees have someone who will talk to them about their progress.
- Employees have opportunities to learn and grow.
- Employees have the opportunity to do what they do best.
- Employees have someone at work who cares about them as a person.
Julia Schneider, Senior Librarian at the California Institution for Women, is compiling the results of this librarian survey. It is hoped that this will add more ammunition for a re-thinking of resource allocation and the role of the library within the department. For more information, contact Julia Schneider.