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Prison Librarians

Prison librarians

Prison librarians handle the day to day running of the prison library, providing a neutral and non-judgemental environment for prisoners. This role is about providing access to books and improving literacy, information and digital literacy skills. These are skills that have a significant impact upon the employment opportunities for prisoners on release especially their ability to apply for jobs online.

The librarian is also responsible for line management of any library staff and volunteers and will need to manage the library budget. Service delivery, collection management and reader development are also key skills for a prison librarian. Reader development activities may include the Storybook Dads/Storybook Mums initiative.

Qualifications and experience

An accredited degree or postgraduate qualification in library and information science is usually required. Many employers also look for CILIP Chartership or a willingness to work towards Chartership for higher-grade roles.

Relevant Special Interest Group

Prison Libraries Group

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