June 24, 2023. Austin, J., Boyington, E., Brammer, C., Jordan-Makely, C., Nash, A., Ness, N., Ortiz, O., & Richardson, L. C. Research with people who are currently or have been incarcerated in the United States. ALA Annual Conference.

June 26, 2023. Austin, J., Boyington, E., James, E. R.Ness, N., & Okelo, B. Expanding information access for people who are incarcerated: Service Standards and mapping. ALA Annual Conference. (An update on the Expanding Information Access for Incarcerated People grant project.)

July 18, 2023. Austin, J., Tanaka, K., & Reppe, L., moderated by Rodriguez, D. Incarcerated people Are patrons too! Improving legal information services for incarcerated people. American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting and Conference.


Austin, J., Bott, R., Honn, J., & Tanaka, K. Serving 500,000 new students: Planning for Pell restoration for incarcerated college students. Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2023.

Austin, J. (moderator) with Boyington, E., Meissner, C., Pollock, R., & Tanaka, K. Inspiration, knowledge and curiosity while incarcerated. San Francisco Public Library, 2022.

Austin, J., Betts, D., Horton, R., & Rivera, E., moderated by Hall, T. D. “Defending the Fifth Freedom: Protecting the Right to Read for Incarcerated Individuals.” ALA Annual Conference, 2022.

Austin, J. “Library Services and Incarceration.” University of South Carolina College of Information and Communications. Augusta Baker Annual Lecture, 2022.

Austin, J. “Philosophy, Purpose, and Actuality: The History of Library Services and Incarceration in the United States.” UCLA Information Studies Colloquium, 2022.

Abbott, J., Austin, J., & Maminta, L. “Countering ‘conditions which demand a perseverance verging on the superhuman’: Teaching and learning anti-carceral librarianship through Reference by Mail.” Critical Pedagogy Symposium, 2021.

Austin, J., Ball, S., Jacobson, E., & Kinnon, R. “Reference by Mail services to people who are incarcerated: Overcoming barriers to information access while reimagining the public.” ALA Annual Conference, 2021.

Austin, J. “Information access, systemic oppression, and incarceration.” Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, University of Rhode Island. Voices for Information Equity, 2021.

Austin, J., Ball, S., & Owens, K. “Incarceration and information surveillance.” S.T.O.P. x RadTech. 2021.

Austin, J. “‘Unaware of when and how covert enrollment occurs’: Voice biometric surveillance in prisons and beyond.”  American Library Association Midwinter, 2021  (Part of a session on Core Top Technology Trends.)

Austin, J., Keyes, O., and Zimmer, M. (2020).  “Autobiography of an audit: Tracing the roots and repercussions of the HRT-Transgender database.” AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research, 2020.

Austin, J.  “Library services to people who are incarcerated: Attempting anti-racism through LIS.”  UCLA Department of Information Studies Colloquium, 2019.

Austin, J. and Villa-Nicholas, M.  “Reimagining the public: Library services to people in jails and prisons.”  Webinar.  Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services of the American Library Association, 2019.  Available in the ODLOS webinar archives.

Austin, J., Hall, R, and Kinnon, R.  “What If patrons can’t access the Internet?: Reference by Mail for patrons who are incarcerated.”  California Library Association Annual Conference, 2019.

Austin J. and Ball, S.  “Public library services to incarcerated people: Librarians’ insights.” Books to Prisoners Virtual Summit, 2019.

Austin, J.  “Identifying ‘Trap Doors’: The gendered surveillance of transgender people’s online embodiment.” Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) 2019, New Orleans, LA.  (This was part of a panel on “Intimate surveillance: Collecting people as data.”)

Austin, J. and Villa-Nicholas, M. “Crossing institutional divides: Services to incarcerated patrons as a bridge between public libraries and Library and Information Science education,” Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2018, Albuquerque, NM.

Austin, J. and Woo, C. J. “Do we walk the walk or just talk the talk: Library practices around intersectional needs,” National Diversity in Libraries Conference 2016, UCLA.

Austin, J. “Youth as citizen?: Libraries and youth civic engagement,” BOBCATSSS 2016, Lyon, France.

Austin, J., Sonnie, A., and Harger, E. “Social justice movements and the role of libraries,” Digital Rights in Libraries Conference 2015, San Francisco.

Austin J. and McKeever, L. “Queering libraries,” UNC Asheville Queer Studies Conference, 2015, Asheville, NC.

The image on this page is from Inside Outside, a 1970s newsletter for librarians and people who were incarcerated.