Podcast length: 11 min 40 seconds

YALSA’s Cultural Competencies Task Force interviews Patrick Jones, retired young adult services guru, author, speaker, winner of the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Library Association and Catholic Library Association, and pro wrestling enthusiast. Patrick was a teen librarian for 20 years, and continues to be an advocate for teens and teen services. This podcast gives an overview of how best to reach out and serve young adults in juvenile correctional facilities and provides advice to librarians new to outreach to prisons.


Librarians Serving Youth in Custody: http://www.youthlibraries.org/.

The Beat Within: A Publication of Writing and Art from the Inside: http://www.thebeatwithin.org/.

Contra Costa Times article about librarian Amy Cheney: http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_27691434/alameda-county-librarian-connects-incarcerated-youths-lesser-known.

Literacy for Incarcerated Teens: http://www.literacyforincarceratedteens.org/.

Reaching Out to Young Adults in Jail, p. 16: http://yalsa.ala.org/yals/yalsarchive/volume3/3n1_fall2004.pdf

School Library Journal article about literacy for incarcerated teens: http://www.slj.com/2014/09/literacy/literacy-for-incarcerated-teens/#_


Follow us on Twitter:

Patrick Jones: @PatrickJonesYA.

Learn more about Patrick at his website: http://www.connectingya.com/.

Monnee Tong: @librarianmo.

Intro and Closing Music: Summer’s Coming from Dexter Britain’s Creative Commons Volume 2. https://soundcloud.com/dexterbritain/sets/creative-commons-vol2


One Thought on “Serving Incarcerated Youth: Podcast with Patrick Jones

  1. Jeanie Austin on May 12, 2015 at 11:33 am said:

    Hello! You may also be interested in my article for JRLYA – Critical Issues in Juvenile Detention Center Libraries


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