Free PLA member publication focuses on library service to incarcerated individuals

For Immediate Release
Mon, 09/11/2017


Laurence Deutsch

Manager, Communications

Public Library Association (PLA)

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is proud to offer a new, free publication to its members.  Get Inside: Responsible Jail and Prison Library Service, the fourth installment from PLA’s “Quick Reads for Busy Librarians” series, provides a thoughtful perspective on the American criminal justice system as well as concrete advice and information for providing the best possible service to this population.  In this 72-page publication, available as a downloadable PDF, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library Director of Outreach Services Nicholas Higgins shares wisdom gleaned from years of experience providing library service to incarcerated persons. Higgins also addresses shortcomings of the American criminal justice system, including embedded racism and harsh sentencing laws, in the hopes that readers will become more conscious of how they think and talk about prisons and prisoners.

Access the PLA Member Library (login required*) to download your copy today. In order to access this free publication, you must log in to confirm your current PLA personal membership. Click "Login" in the upper right corner and then enter your ALA website login and password. If you’ve forgotten your login information, you'll be able to retrieve your username/password or create a login if you don't have one from the "Login" page. You are welcome to make one printed copy, though we ask that you do not post the file to any website or share the electronic file in any way.

The other publications in PLA’s "Quick Reads for Busy Librarians" series include:
  • The Bed Bug Guide for Public Libraries (2016) by Sarah Kittrell
  • Weeding Manual (2016) by Holly Hibner and Mary Kelly
  • Building and Operating a Digital Media Lab (2016) by Jeffrey Fisher

About PLA

The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext.5PLA, or