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Title: Promotion of reading, literacy. and culture in Catalan prison libraries
Author: Sulé, Andreu
Keywords: Educació de presos
Rehabilitació de delinqüents
Education of prisoners
Rehabilitation of criminals
Issue Date: 30-Dec-2018
Abstract: The aim of this article is to increase awareness of the activities that are carried out in Catalan prison libraries to promote reading, literacy and culture among inmates. The educational role of prison libraries is recognized both in recommendations on international law issued by UNESCO and the Council of Europe and in recommendations issued by professional bodies such as the Library and Information Association (CILIP, formerly the Library Association) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). To ascertain the type of activities conducted by Catalan prison libraries to promote reading, literacy and culture, a survey was emailed to prison managers. The results reveal that libraries in Catalan prisons play a very active role in the education of inmates. They offer a wide range of activities related to the promotion of reading, literacy and culture, whether as part of an internal library initiative or in partnership with other education services. The survey revealed some relatively common prison activities, such as reading clubs and art workshops, in addition to some highly original initiatives such as rap writing, escape rooms and lip dubs, and programmes such as AlfaDigital, which aim to develop reading and creative abilities while enhancing ICT skills.
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It is part of: Hungarian Educational Research Journal, 2018, vol. 8, num. 4, p. 31-40
ISSN: 2064-2199
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Biblioteconomia, Documentació i Comunicació Audiovisual)

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