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Data-Driven Librarianship in Corrections - Fact Sheet

What is Data-Driven Librarianship in Corrections?

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. A working group of correctional librarians from various states was convened in 2017 to examine these issues. Their work inspired a new generation of training and resources developed to respond to the complex needs of today’s correctional library professional.

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The correctional library can provide offenders with access to a range of information, paving the road for return to the community.


Correctional libraries can provide educational programming focused on literacy development and employment skills training.


Correctional library collections can be tailored toward the meeting of criminal justice outcomes by including materials focused on employability and prosocial recreation.


Correctional librarians can facilitate special programs, lead book discussions, supervise patrons, and make collection development decisions that further the goals of the facility.


Correctional librarians and staff can answer questions on many topics and direct patrons to the most appropriate resources.


Educational and recreational programming can be targeted toward inmates with lower levels of literacy, encouraging greater pro-social library participation for the entire correctional population.