Partnerships with Correctional Libraries

  • With Erin Boyington and Teresa Allen
  • Originally aired 03/06/2018
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The incarcerated in Colorado’s youth and adult correctional facilities are some of the most appreciative library patrons anywhere. 97% of them will be released someday, and many struggle with basic information needs. The key to helping the incarcerated successfully reenter society is library outreach. Join us to learn about forming partnerships with correctional libraries and to discuss how you can support your future patrons today.



About Erin Boyington and Teresa Allen

After graduating from the University of Washington’s iSchool in 2013, Erin lucked into a library job with the Colorado Department of Corrections. In 2016, she became an Adult Institutions Senior Consultant at the Colorado State Library, which means she gets to travel all around the state to prison libraries. Her prison nickname is “Liberry Lady.”

Teresa Allen ended up at the Colorado State Library as a consultant for libraries in state-operated youth services centers after many years teaching middle school language arts and a few months teaching teen felons. She loves movies, thrift stores, hiking, and, of course, READING!