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Library Services for Incarcerated Youth: Allowing for Literacy in a Marginalized Population

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  • Traditional library outreach and the more recent trend of community-led librarianship are significant ways public librarians serve the information needs of marginalized populations, paying special attention to the core library values of diversity, intellectual freedom, and social responsibility. This presentation examines contemporary interaction between public librarians and incarcerated youth in North American detention centres. It first addresses the status of interactions between public librarians and incarcerated youth, as represented in the professional and scholarly LIS (and related) literature. It then contextualizes the literature review with examples of related services delivered in Edmonton. This presentation will demonstrate the value of providing information services to incarcerated youth, as it has wider repercussions both on lived experience of youth behind bars and the role of the public library in a culturally diverse society.

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    Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International