What is the Role of the Prison Library? The Development of a Theoretical Foundation

Jayne Finlay, Jessica Bates

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Abstract

There has been little examination of how criminological theory may help to inform library practice in correctional settings. This article takes steps to address this deficit by presenting a new and timely approach to prison library research. It suggests that situating prison library research within the disciplines of librarianship, education and criminology can lead to a deeper understanding of the contribution made by libraries to the lives of those in prison. The authors propose a theoretical model which draws on theories of desistance, informal learning theories and critical librarianship. This model can be used by both library and education researchers and practitioners to build a body of evidence on the value of the prison library, and may act as a roadmap to good practice. It is an initial framework, intended to be adapted and refined as more empirical evidence is collected in this area.
LanguageEnglish
Pages120-139
JournalJournal of Prison Education and Reentry
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2019

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  • Prison libraries, desistance, informal learning, critical librarianship, prison education

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