Improving Library Services to the Incarcerated

  • Duration: 58 minutes
  • Date Recorded: November 02, 2023


  • Jeanie Austin (they/them), Jail and Reentry Services Librarian, San Francisco Public Library
  • Bee Okelo (they/them), GIS Administrative Analyst, San Francisco Public Library
  • Diane M. Rodriguez, Assistant Director, San Francisco Law Library


People who are incarcerated are often unable to access vital information that meets their interests and needs. Jeanie Austin and Bee Okelo will present background information on the information needs and interests of incarcerated people and will highlight the work that libraries are doing to better provide information to incarcerated people. They will also present resources that are useful for librarians looking to create new services or extend their existing services. Ms. Rodriguez will present the American Association of Law Libraries new OLIR (Online Legal Information Resource) tool, a new way to find authentic legal resources and connect with public law libraries across the United States, including law libraries that assist the incarcerated.

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