Cultivating Connections — GELA submission?

Hi all — maybe something committee interested in submitting to (book club?) or attending?
Call for Abstracts Now Open!

Cultivating Connections: 2010 National Family Literacy Conference is an opportunity for national and international family literacy experts and practitioners to come together and share knowledge, resources, perspectives and experiences.

You are invited to submit an abstract for the conference to be held at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton Alberta, Canada, from July 15 – 17, 2010.

The complete Call for Abstracts, with information on conference streams, is now available on the conference website:

This conference will be of interest to all those who work with families and are interested in fostering family literacy. Delegates will include those from Alberta and across Canada, but also from the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries.

Important Dates:
• Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2009
• Notification date of accepted abstract: January 15, 2010
• Acceptance date for presenters: January 31, 2010

Cultivating Connections Conference,
July 15 – 17, 2010
Plan to attend this exciting gathering, which will also include three days of pre-conference training from July 12 – 14.

Conference keynote speakers include Peter Hannon, Elsa Auerbach, Snoeks Desmond, Eve Gregory and Thomas Sticht. Join with Canadian and international family literacy experts and practitioners to share information and explore opportunities for the growth of family literacy.

For more information, please contact


audiobook recording project

As discussed at the last meeting, here are my findings on inmate readings/recordings.

A few examples of other projects:

UW-Madison Jail Library Group (this section is about their audio-recording program, Kids Connection, but the entire site is well organized and informative):

also, Kids Connection uses cassette tapes!

Another American example, from Indiana, Although not linked directly to the LIS community, it involves educators:

Also, a couple of interesting articles (I have .pdfs of these for sharing):

– Todaro, J. Reaching Beyond Bars: Women’s Storybook Project of Texas. Texas Library Journal v. 83 no. 3 (Fall 2007) p. 128-9.

Although 5 years old, this is the only Canadian prison library survey I could find:

-Curry, A., et. al., Canadian federal prison libraries: a national survey. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (Folkestone, England) v. 35 no. 3 (September 2003) p. 141-52.