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Call for Participation: NIC Working Group on Evidence-Based Librarianship in Corrections
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Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017

Over the past several decades, library services for incarcerated and justice-involved individuals have increasingly been regarded as a means of increasing desirable activities from individuals under correctional supervision. Further, some research suggests that library services can play an even greater role, possibly contributing to improved job skills, study habits, and effective communication, as they transition to becoming responsible tax-paying citizens.


The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) would like to examine the larger role that library services can play in corrections, whether for individuals in confinement or for those fulfilling sentences in the community. You can be part of this effort by applying to participate in an NIC working group meeting on Evidence-Based Librarianship in Corrections. This working group will look at how correctional library service is being used around the country today and how it could be improved with evidence-based practices to support correctional goals.

Understanding that staffing and responsibilities based on an individual’s job title may differ from one jurisdiction to the next, we have outlined a list of functional roles rather than job titles to assist you in deciding whether to apply. Candidates appropriate for the working group will have had experience providing services to a population comprising a significant number of incarcerated and justice-involved individuals and will have been responsible for decision making in the following areas:

  • Collections Development
  • Education and Programming within the Library
  • Management of Library Operations
  • Marketing/Promotion of Library Services
  • Information Access and Retrieval
  • Fulfillment of Reference Inquiries

It is not expected that a single individual will be responsible for all of the activities listed above. Therefore, candidates applying to participate should have responsibility for at least half of the items mentioned.

If selected, candidates will be invited to attend a two-day session at either the National Correctional Academy in Aurora, Colorado or at NIC headquarters in Washington, DC. Responding to this information request does not constitute any binding agreement between the applicant and the United States Government.

To apply to be part of the NIC working group on Evidence-Based Librarianship in Corrections, please submit the following items via e-mail as an attachment in Word or PDF to Donna Ledbetter, NIC Writer/Editor, at

  • Current résumé or vitae
  • Written explanation not to exceed 1,500 words that details why you are qualified to participate and interested in being part of this program
  • The recommendation of a supervisor or colleague who can attest to the quality of your work

Please include the words EBLC Meeting Application in the subject line of your e-mail.


If you require additional information or have questions about how to apply, please contact Donna Ledbetter, NIC Writer/Editor, at or 202-514-4072.

Posted Tue, May 2 2017 7:22 AM by Susan Powell


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