Exploring the rehabilitative role of the prison library: addressing sensitive information needs via cultural activities

Cheryl Canning, Steven Buchanan

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Abstract

This chapter explores the role of cultural activity within prison libraries for not only the general wellbeing of prisoners, but also as a form of indirect intervention for addressing unrecognised and/or unaddressed information needs amongst prisoners; particularly important needs of a more sensitive nature often repressed (e.g. remorse, mental health, relationships). Drawing on research to date, we discuss the information needs of prisoners, the associated benefits of cultural activity for information need recognition and understanding, and the support role of the prison library; and in relation, identify opportunities for further development of the library as a key change agent in the progressive rehabilitation of prisoners.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring the Roles and Practices of Libraries in Prisons
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Perspectives
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 21 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Librarianship
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Volume50

Keywords

  • prison library
  • rehabilitative role
  • rehabilitation
  • sensitive information
  • cultural activities

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