For immediate release | May 21, 2013

ASCLA hosts tour of Cook County juvenile detention center and library at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Gain insight into the world of juvenile corrections and juvenile correctional librarianship by attending a tour of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and library at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, co-hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of ALA, and Library Services for Youth in Custody (LSYC).

The tour will take participants to the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and its library - one of the largest youth detention centers in the country. The center is operated by Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School and is located on the west side of Chicago. The school and library are operated by Chicago Public Schools, and the library is staffed by a full-time, certified school library media specialist. Megan Cusick, Nancy B. Jefferson school librarian, and Camden Tadhg, logistics team chair of LSYC, will lead the tour. Participation is open to all ALA Annual Conference conference registrants.

The tour will take place from 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1. Transportation will be provided, and participants are asked to pay what they can to cover transportation costs, with a recommended contribution of $20. More details are available on the event registration form. To register for the tour, please complete the form by 5:00 p.m. Central time on Friday, June 7. Space is limited, and registration is first come, first served.

ASCLA, a small, mighty and growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed. Our division’s work centers on member-driven interest groups that represent the diversity and important work of our engaged and active members. Learn more about ASCLA and how to join this innovative division.


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