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I hope you’re all having a lovely fall!
Thanks to Tanya, Tara, Moyra, Liz, Kirsten and Masha who presented at CLA, you guys did a great job. If you missed the presentation, the slide deck is up on Slideshare: Books Behind Bars.
Our recent fundraiser over the Mother’s Day weekend was a success. We raised $546.00 for our various projects and garnered some media attention too! Check out the Edmonton Sun article and the CTV news item (starts at about 14:09) covering the event. A big thank you to our volunteers and all those who stopped by to chat and donate to the EIFW library. And thanks to the weather for cooperating–especially on Saturday!
The next general meeting of the GELA Prison Library and Reintegration committee will be held: Thursday, February 25th at 5:30 pm at Henderson Hall at the University of Alberta.
For those of you unfamiliar with Henderson Hall - you can access it from the Rutherford South Atrium entrance at the University of Alberta. There is some street metered parking as well as surface lots (rates drop after 4:30 pm)
Agenda items include:
- reports from subcommittees:
- CLA presentation,
- bookdrive (wish list etc)
- technological literacy for the women
- fundraising ideas
You can read the minutes from the December 2009 meeting here.
See you next week!
Hey everyone -
I recently heard from The CLA Conference Program Committee. Our proposal, “Books Behind Bars” has been selected for presentation at the 2010 CLA Conference in Edmonton.
As soon as I have more information, I will pass it along. Hopefully we will coordinate a meeting in the near future to discuss what we’d like to do.
Here is a downloadable/printable brochure about the Greater Edmonton Library Association’s Prison Committee and our work. I have made a link to it from the right-hand column as well so it remains easily accessible.
Thanks to the committee members who presented at ALC! I heard the presentation went really well.
Notes—Meeting with Cathee, Tuesday, April 14, 2009.
Magazine covers—Liz FL will bring these (she discovered a stack of basic matte plastic covers recently)
Labels and label protectors
Dewey cataloguing key. Cathee needs assistance cataloguing the non-fiction. (Didn’t we have something like this?)
Specific collection requests:
The Kite Runner
Book of Negroes
Ken Follett, Pillars of the Earth and World Without End
As well as:
First Nations material
“Cultural” books (books about other cultures)
Healing, addictions, psychology non-fiction
Knitting and crochet books (there is one crochet book that is missing and everyone’s been waiting for it to reappear)
Any book with the Oprah label (they are very popular)
Cathee would like to move all the law books from the non-fiction section to somewhere else so that all the other non-fiction is together. I know this is something we’re working on.
Cathee wants to register borrowers and search by borrower’s name. I’m not familiar with the system yet. Can this be done?
Cathee asked about weeding. I said if they are really damaged (i.e. pages torn, covers ruined), delete them. For all the others set aside for now and we can talk about this. I told her this would be covered in the policy that the committee is working on.
Cathee is very keen and very nice. I think she’ll be great to work with.
I’m going to get Cathee a list of Oprah books so she can check off what the library already has (and hopefully we can supply what is missing.
Reissue notices about Storybook program and Book Club because of the long gap between Megan leaving and Cathee coming on board. This was Cathee’s suggestion.
Written policy. Cathee was very glad to hear we’re working on this. Missing books are a problem, and she’d like circulation and collection guidelines to work with.
Kim Rempel from William Head Institution Library is trying to distribute a library survey to federal prison libraries. (He hasn’t had much luck with Edmonton Prison for Women – he was told that inmates are running the library.) Since I am the only member of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) Prison Special Interest Group (along with Kim), he’s asked if I could either do the survey or get someone to do it. The results are going to be presented at the Libraries in Canadian Prisons session at the CALL annual conference this May in Halifax. I will also be there.
Anyhow, here is the letter from Kim and the survey. Tanya, Laura and I are going to the prison tomorrow so we could fill out the survey ourselves with Cathee (the new prison librarian) unless someone else would like to do it.
Has anyone looked at these? They’re worth considering:
Strategic Plan for Aboriginal Corrections and Community Strategy for Women Offenders.
There is all kinds of other research on the Correctional Service of Canada website, a lot of which focuses on aboriginal and female offenders.
Allison and Liz are giving a presentation for the Education Institute on Thursday, March 19th. Since this presentation is about leadership, we would like to convey what this experience has meant to our volunteers and specifically, what leadership skills they may have gained through their involvement. Please share your comments! If you wish to do so privately, email Liz or Allison.
Tanya will be interviewed tomorrow morning (Thursday) between 7 and 7:15 a.m. to talk about her work in Ghana (and subsequent video) and how she’s carried forward these Freedom to Read activities back here in Edmonton.
Tune in! (I think everything is available on podcast on the CBC website as well in case you miss it.)