The book vault: The story of a prison library

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  • Five years ago, the NorQuest library at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre was comprised of a couple of magazine racks of battered books. Today, The Book Vault, aptly named by our students, is a bright and sunlit space decorated with student art, plants, and cozy chairs. All 3000 books in the Book Vault have been catalogued using Libib - a cloud-based software program. They are organized and are easily searchable. Being cloud-based, the library catalogue is available from anywhere, easily allowing instructors to access the collection and reserve and record circulation of books for students. In addition to the space itself and cataloguing, the Book Vault has a full set of laptops in which students can listen to audio books, or complete class assignments. It provides legal resource material along with a Case Law request system. As well the library has grown to service NorQuest students at the Edmonton Remand Centre by way of the Traveling Book Vault. And in March will see the first issue of a student lead newspaper published. This lightening talk will explore how this correctional library has found success over the past five years, and where it plans to go from here.

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    Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International