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Data-Driven Librarianship in Corrections: Webinar Series


Data-Driven Librarianship in Corrections (DDLC) is an initiative of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) that brings attention to the pressing issues and opportunities facing correctional libraries today. It combines data-driven approaches in corrections with data-driven library practice.

Beginning in May 2018, NIC will host a series of webinars aimed at helping jurisdictions maximize the benefits of their use of the library with offender populations. Each webinar covers a different topic of librarianship and provides opportunities for participants to engage with speakers through interactive activities and discussion.

The date and time for the latest session is displayed at the bottom of the page as the last purple accordion item, titled: Measuring the Effect of Library Usage.

Learning Objectives

  • Define and apply data-driven librarianship practices in correctional settings
  • Evaluate existing correctional library programs and apply strategies that foster continuous improvement
  • Become informed about new technologies and approaches for learning, management, programming, and outreach when working with offender populations

Who Should Participate

Librarians working with offender populations in either public or correctional settings; correctional officers, correctional executives, and offender recreation and/or education specialists with oversight of library operations; law and legal librarians; academics and researchers in library and information science with an interest in corrections

Blythe Balistrieri, Virginia Commonwealth University

This session took place on May 2, 2018 from 1pm - 2:30pm EST.
Accession #033119


Blythe will be talking to us about the ways in which the general correctional library and law libraries can partner, the challenges correctional librarians must negotiate daily, and how to streamline correctional library operations.


Professor Blythe Balestrieri. Blythe is an Associate Professor of criminal justice at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, where she teachers criminal law, corrections, and a variety of other coursework. She has years of experience volunteering as a prison librarian in facilities from Nebraska to Virginia, in addition to a plethora of academic experience working with inmates’ access to legal services. In 2016, she received the L. Douglas Wilder School Excellence in Service Award for her work on correctional libraries.