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

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Canning C & Buchanan S (2021) Exploring the rehabilitative cultural role of the prison library: addressing sensitive information needs via cultural activities.. In: Garner J (ed.) Exploring the roles and practices of libraries in prisons: International Perspectives. Advances in Librarianship, 49. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. pp. 11-37. https://books.emeraldinsight.com/page/detail/Exploring-the-Roles-and-Practices-of-Libraries-in-Prisons/?k=9781800438613

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.

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Information behaviour; Information need; Male prisoners; Prison library; Education; Cultural activity

StatusPublished
FundersArts and Humanities Research Council
Title of seriesAdvances in Librarianship
Number in series49
Publication date31/12/2021
Publication date online30/09/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/32396
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Publisher URLhttps://books.emeraldinsight.com/…?k=9781800438613
Place of publicationBingley
ISSN of series0065-2830
ISBN978-1-80043-861-3
eISBN978-1-80043-860-6

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