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Reform and Revolution: Juvenile Detention Center Libraries in the 1970s PDF

 

Happy to make my most recent publication available for no charge!

Austin, J. (2017). Reform and Revolution: Juvenile Detention Center Libraries in the 1970s. Libraries: Culture, History, and Society, 1(2), 240-266. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/libraries.1.2.0240

Abstract:

Librarians working with incarcerated populations during the 1970s drew from and contributed to ongoing movements against oppression based on race, gender, and sexuality. These movements shaped the ideologies and actions of librarians working with incarcerated youth. Librarians’ ideological approaches were not always articulated through publications. This paper examines publications in special issues of library journals during this period alongside associational archives and the revolutionary newsletter Inside-Outside to interrogate how ideologies of reform or revolution shaped library practice in juvenile detention facilities during this time. Inherent in this undertaking is an evaluation of how mainstream avenues for publication and association proceedings may have favored reformist positions. Available publications and records that relate to juvenile detention center libraries in the 1970s are framed in a larger discussion of youth incarceration.

You can access the PDF by clicking this link –

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Successful Dissertation Defense!

I successfully defended my dissertation – Libraries for social change: Centering youth of color and/or LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth in library practice – on November 6, 2017 at the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  I am honored to have worked with my committee, which included Christine Jenkins (chair), Nicole Cooke (research director), Carol Tilley, Soo Ah Kwon, and Rae-Anne Montague.

The announcement of my successful defense is available at

https://ischool.illinois.edu/articles/2017/11/jeanie-austin-defends-dissertation.

 

American Prison Writing Archive

The American Prison Writing Archive contains materials created and submitted by prisoners and prison staff.  Materials are then transcribed (and users of the site can volunteer to subscribe them) to create a searchable database of submissions. Materials can be sorted by author, state, or name of prison, and appear to skew heavily toward submissions by people who are incarcerated.

The archive aims to

replace speculation on and misrepresentation of prisons, imprisoned people, and prison workers with first-person witness by those who live and work on the receiving end of American criminal justice. No single essay can tell us all that we need to know. But a mass-scale, national archive of writing by incarcerated people and prison staff can begin to strip away widely circulated myths and replace them with some sense of the true human costs of the current legal order. By soliciting, preserving, digitizing and disseminating the work of prison workers and imprisoned people, we hope to ground national debate on mass incarceration in the lived experience of those who know jails and prisons best.

 

The archive can be accessed at http://apw.dhinitiative.org/.

LGBTQ+ (mostly POC) YA library

I’m proud to announce the current catalog for QTY Treehouse, a drop-in and programming space that provides services to LGBTQ+ youth in Oakland, CA.  Through a generous grant from the American Library Association, I have worked with QTY Treehouse staff to build a meaningful and diversely representative library for youth.  Check it out by going to

QTY Treehouse Library!

This spreadsheet is designed to be searchable by race / ethnicity, sexual orientation, and whether or not materials contain trans or gender non-conforming representations or content.

I’m excited for youth to have increased access to library materials that fit their experiences and understandings of the world, and endlessly grateful to QTY Treehouse for our on-going partnership.

#TheFeministResistance

Signs, a long running, respected, and critical feminist journal, has released a special virtual issue on #TheFeministResistance.  Full of commentary on our current political and social situation, in which oppressions are shifting and (for some) becoming more apparent, this special issue is a needed resource.

These resources will remain open-access until August 21, 2017.  View them at

http://signsjournal.org/features/virtual-issues/feminist-resources-for-theresistance/