For immediate release | April 13, 2012

Register now for prison library tour hosted by ASCLA at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Learn about the value of libraries behind bars by participating in “Locked Up!: Go Inside a Juvenile Detention Center,” a prison library tour at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference offered by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) - the division of ALA that supports the work of librarians serving incarcerated adults and youth.

This tour, which will be held noon - 5 p.m. on Monday, June 25 in Anaheim, Calif., is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the vital role libraries play for incarcerated youth and to acquire knowledge, resources and contacts for anyone interested in this vital service. Participants will tour Los Angeles County's Central Juvenile Hall. During the tour, they’ll have the opportunity to talk with teachers and students and see the state of library services to juveniles behind bars. Tour presenters will cover the difference between detained and adjudicated and between jail and prison; how the library fits into institutional culture; and how the population defines the library services provided. Participants will also have the opportunity to talk with incarcerated youth to hear what the facility library means to them.

Due to limited group size and required advance security clearance, separate registration for this event is required. Register now by completing this confidential online form. Registration will remain open until May 31, 2012 or until the tour is full. A chartered bus will provide round trip transportation from near the Anaheim Convention Center to the facility. Participants will cover the cost of transportation to the facility, which is estimated at $20 per person and can be paid on the day of the tour.

Questions about the tour? Visit the ASCLA website for more information. More information about the ALA Annual Conference is at ALA members interested in participating in conversations and activities surrounding prison libraries and library services to incarcerated and detained youth and adults should consider joining the ASCLA Library Services for Youth in Custody Interest Group or the ASCLA Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detained Interest Group, where they can engage with peers on a variety of activities and issues related to these areas of library service.

ASCLA, a 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. Not an ASCLA member, but interested in forming new interest groups, receiving discounted registration rates on ASCLApreconferences and online courses, and other important membership benefits? Join, renew or add ASCLA to your ALA membership at