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Library Trends 59 (3) Winter 2011: Library and Information Services to Incarcerated Persons: Global Perspectives


Library Trends 59 (3) Winter 2011: Library and Information Services to Incarcerated Persons: Global Perspectives. Edited by Vibeke Lehmann.

Major developments, however, have taken place in correctional librarianship and prison libraries over the last forty years not only in the United States but also in many other countries around the world. I invited some of my international colleagues to share their experiences, challenges, and accomplishments. The intent was to include articles from every continent, but that was unfortunately not possible. The reader will find contributions from North America and Europe, where many nations have long traditions of having libraries in prison, as well as from Japan, where just recently attention has been focused on this need. The contributors represent librarians who work on the front lines in prison libraries or supervise such libraries (Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, United States), university librarians and researchers (Italy, Poland, Spain), consultants for national library development (Norway), and parliamentary libraries (Japan). Many of the authors are also actively involved in special interest groups within their national library associations and have included their experiences with advocacy for prison library services.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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