UIUC ALA Presentation

Today I shared aspects of prison librarianship with fellow peers at UIUC’s Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences.
Below is the PowerPoint of the presentation:

Delicia Greene – Called an Urban Fiction Expert

I came across Delicia Greene, PhD student, this week – put this woman on your list of important people and to keep an eye out for!

Greene is a doctoral student at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, working on her proposal: Concrete Roses: A Case Study Exploring the Reading Engagements of Black Adolescent Girls in an Urban Fiction Book Club.

Concrete Roses explores both the social and cultural factors that influence the reading engagements of Black Adolescent girls in an Urban Fiction Book Club. More specifically, this case study provides an intimate account of the experiences black adolescent girls bring to urban fiction texts, as well as the experiences that they take away from urban fiction texts. Concrete Roses also focuses on trends in character analyses by drawing on the representation of black girls in urban fiction books and its influence on black adolescent girls’ identity construction. Lastly, this case study explores the social factors present in an Urban Fiction Book Club that influences “sense of community” and full disclosure among members. (Schroeder)

Why is Greene working on her doctorate?  “It was my work with middle school students, libraries and literacy that led me to pursue my PhD,” Greene states (Schroeder).

A little more about her background:

She holds master’s degrees in both Library and Information Science and Secondary English Education (Grades 7-12), and an Advanced Certificate in Administration and Supervision. Prior to her arrival at the iSchool, she worked several years for the Department of Education as a middle school librarian in the South Bronx and for several years as a young adult librarian for The New York Public Library. Greene’s scholarly interests are interdisciplinary with the expressed aim of bridging the fields of library and information science, literacy, and English education. (Schroeder)

Once I watched the first YouTube video of Greene, I watched all of them. I can’t wait to read her dissertation!

On Urban Fiction:

On Integrating Urban Fiction into a Collection:

On Push:

On Coldest Winter Ever:


Schroeder, Gretchen. Doctoral Student Delicia Green Receives Two HonorsISchool News. 27 June 2011.

Resources for Aspiring Prison Librarians

Today I came across two great resources made by and for Library and Information Science students who might be interested in perusing a career in prison librarianship. Here they are!

  1. Prison Libraries: An Annotated Bibliography
    • by Sharon Bailey, Kim Parry,  and Emily Thompson
    • Oct. 24, 2011
    • This annotation provides an overview and sections on prison library services and programming, access to information and the digital divide, collection development, and their own search strategies.
  2. Books Behind Bars: Is Correctional Librarianship a Job for You? – A pathfinder for librarians and library science students interested in exploring library services to the incarcerated as a profession
    • by Justine Johnson
    • December 2009
    • This pathfinder’s intention is on the historical and current placement of LIS and the connection between the PIC and libraries as institutions. It offers sections on general sources, history of correctional library services, correctional library programing, profiles of correctional librarians, juvenile populations, and professional resources.