January 2, 2003
Are you a law librarian who provides services to prisoners? Has your state eliminated prison law libraries? What types of legal resources are available to inmates? What services should be available? Find out the answers to these questions and more by signing up for the Professional Development Program’s moderated listserv discussion Prisoners and the Law Library from Jan.6-Jan.10.
Join your colleagues as they discuss the issues unique to law librarians that serve the incarcerated. The discussion will cover contact with inmate legal counsel and research instruction for them; photocopying service for prisoners; and law clinics in academic libraries offering services to prisoners, such as the Innocence Project. Other topics will include collection development for prison libraries, availability of typewriters and computers in prisons, and the elimination of prison law libraries in some states (see Bounds v. Smith and Lewis v. Casey). The discussion will start with these subjects and proceed to other related issues participants wish to discuss. Madeline Hebert, senior reference librarian at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, will serve as the listserv moderator.
Here are some resources you may want to review to help you prepare for the discussion:
- Bounds v. Smith, 430 U.S. 817, 97 S.Ct. 1491, 52 L.Ed.2d 72 (1977)
- Lewis v. Casey, 518 U.S. 343, 116 S.Ct. 2174, 135 L.Ed.2d 606 (1996).
- Sufficiency of Access to Legal Research Facilities Afforded Defendant Confined in State Prison or Local Jail, 98 ALR5th 445.
- Directory: Law Libraries Offering Services to Prisoners, http://weblaw.barry.edu/llsp/
- Minnesota State Law Library Outreach Service 2000 Report, http://www.lawlibrary.state.mn.us/ar2000/os2000.html
- American Civil Liberties Union, http://www.aclu.org/Prisons/Prisons.cfm?ID=7066&c=127
- Prison Legal News, http://www.prisonlegalnews.org/doc_memo_letter.htm
- The AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section Acquisitions Committee’s “Law Library Collection Development Policies: Policy Documents and Resource,” http://www.colorado.edu/Law/lawlib/ts/aall/policies.htm, lists a number of resources on collection development for prison law libraries.
To sign up for this listserv discussion, go to http://www.aallnet.org/prodev/listserv.asp and click in the mailbox on the right hand side of the page.
This moderated listserv discussion addresses the AALL Core Competencies and Special Competency 3: Reference, Research, and Client Services.