Jail and Reentry Services program

Jail and Reentry Services (JARS)

Since 2018, SFPL’s Jail and Reentry Services program has been providing dedicated library service to incarcerated adults. Through a partnership with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office, JARS offers in-jail library service. JARS librarians also provide reference by mail and reentry support, and have been serving youth at the Juvenile Justice Center for almost 20 years.

See also:

Library Services and Incarceration: Recognizing Barriers, Strengthening Access by Jeanie Austin

October 12, 2022 at 2:59 am Leave a comment

Global gleanings no 12:  LIASA in the Literature. Part 1: the beginnings

Peter Johan Lor

Twenty-five years! It calls for a celebration, and so this edition of my column and the next are devoted to what has been written about LIASA, both here and internationally. It comes in two parts. In Part 1 I deal with LIASA’s “prehistory”, the processes that led to its founding in 1997, and its first annual conference in 1998. Part 2 deals with LIASA’s development after 1998, and will follow in the next issue of LIASA-in-Touch.

This is more than a literature review, for I also share some personal recollections and reflections on a hectic period of my life, when I was deeply involved in what became LIASA. To compile it, I searched my own database, followed up references, and (not having access currently to any of the specialist bibliographic databases) searched in Google Scholar. If any important sources have eluded me, I will be happy to receive the…

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June 21, 2022 at 9:31 pm Leave a comment

Responding to Rapid Change in Libraries: A User Experience Approach.

In the face of shifting circumstances and an ever-widening constellation of challenges, plotting a sustainable way forward for libraries depends upon recommitting ourselves to our underlying values, such as customer service and community-building, while fostering the improvements that change makes possible. 

In their new book, published the the American Library Association, 2021 noted speakers and library consultants Callan Bignoli and Lauren Stara argue that plotting a sustainable way forward for libraries depends upon recommitting ourselves to our underlying values, such as customer service and community-building, while fostering the improvements that change makes possible. Interview with Rob Chistopher.

February 20, 2021 at 9:38 pm Leave a comment

Infographic Overview of Rural Libraries in America

Rural Libraries Across America Continue to Expand Programs and Resources

Public libraries across the country play a critical role in connecting community members to vital resources and programs, now more than ever. The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today the release of new data on the many thousands of rural public libraries in the United States and how they function in American society.

Rural Libraries in America: An Infographic Overview provides an overview of the distribution, resources, and services of these important community assets. 

October 9, 2020 at 1:21 pm Leave a comment

Circulating Optimism

Learn how libraries have strengthened community by connecting, collaborating, and supporting each other amid a tumultuous and ever-shifting landscape.

OCLC report–July 9, 2020.


July 13, 2020 at 1:58 pm Leave a comment

Library Stabilization Fund Act-Please Contact Your Legislators

The bicameral Library Stabilization Fund Act,  introduced in Congress July 2 proposes 2 billion for library support. 

Stabilization funding would support a range of library services to patrons, enabling libraries to:


  • Maintain core library services and keep nearly 370,000 library workers on the job
  • Purchase cleaning and PPE supplies and train staff for safe re-opening
  • Expand technology and services to keep millions of library users connected to the internet
  • Strengthen collections and programs to address needs such as remote learning, job skills, access to government services and early literacy
Please contact your legislators.
Details here:https://cqrcengage.com/ala/app/write-a-letter?3&engagementId=508533

July 10, 2020 at 10:14 am Leave a comment

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Assembly (new June 2020).

American Library Association Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Assembly (new June 2020).

Announcing the new ALA EDI Assembly!
At the 2020 Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Executive Board charged the
ODLOS Advisory Committee with creating an Equity, Diversity,
and Inclusion Assembly.
The purpose of this EDI Assembly is to provide a forum for all groups
within ALA and ALA-affiliated organizations working on initiatives
related to equity, diversity, and inclusion to discuss their activities,
identify opportunities for collaboration and coordination,
and explore new initiatives related to the association’s strategic
direction for equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Who’s invited?
All groups within ALA and ALA-affiliated organizations working on
initiatives related to equity, diversity, and inclusion are invited
to send representatives. Individuals interested in equity, diversity,
and inclusion are also welcomed to attend and participate.
Volunteers will serve two-year terms on the assembly,
with flexibility as needed.
How will it work?
The EDI Assembly will meet quarterly, starting with its inaugural
meeting on August 4th from 12-1:30pm PDT / 1pm-2:30pm MDT / 
2pm-3:30pm CDT / 3pm-4:30pm EDT. We will use the the principles
outlined in the ALA EDI Implementation Working Group’s final report
as a framework for our discussions, so that as we share the work
we’re doing, we will map those principles to our work and identify
gaps in what’s being worked on so that we can move towards a
holistic culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
What are those ten principles again?
The ten principles are:
  • Communication
  • Courage
  • Centralization
  • Cultural competency/humility
  • Consistency
  • Cooperation & Collaboration
  • Coordination
  • Commitment
  • Change
  • Caring
How do I sign up?  
You’ll join the EDI Assembly through the ALA Volunteer Form
-stay tuned for more information. You’ll then be added to the
ALA Connect group for the Assembly.
I still have questions!
Please contact Elizabeth Brumfield,
incoming chair of the ODLOS Advisory Committee and convener
of the EDI Assembly, at ejbrumfield@pvamu.edu.

June 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm Leave a comment

Invitation to 2020 Holley Lecture


The Executive Committee of your Library History Round Table proudly announces, and invites you to attend, this year’s timely 2020 Holley Lecture celebrating the centennial passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States granting women the right to vote.

When: Friday 26 June, 12:15-1pm (Central time)

Via: Zoom (see below)

Our honored guest speaker is Dr. Lisa Tetrault, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Pittsburg’s Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Tetrault published the landmark, The Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Movement, 1848-1898, in 2014, which garnered the Organization of American Historians’ first Nickliss women’s history book prize. In 2018, she received her Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Elliot Dunlap Smith Teaching Award. And more recently, in 2019, she delivered the keynote address for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s “Votes for Women” Exhibit. She currently serves as an…

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June 16, 2020 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

The public sphere without democracy

Buschman, J. (2020). The public sphere without democracy: some recent work in LIS. Journal of Documentation76(3), 769–783.

The purpose of this paper is to analyze and re-direct recent schematic and empirical scholarship on Habermas’ theory of the public sphere in library and information science (LIS).


April 28, 2020 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

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