Saturday, July 11, 2015

Here's an awesome job, move fast!!

Denver Women's Correctional Facility (Colorado)
Librarian II

If you are a Colorado resident and have some professional library experience under your belt and are looking to get into prison as a supervisor, apply for this rare opportunity in Denver.  It closes in a week though so move fast.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Prison Laugh o' the Day

Patron: "Yeah, I need to know where it's written that I can't run with a toothbrush in my mouth!"

Me: "Um, that's more of a common sense rule..."

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Another job!

Limon Correctional Facility (Colorado)

Here is a job for a Library Technician II in Colorado. If you are a Colorado resident, or can be quickly, this would be a good entry level position to get your foot in the door in prison libraries.  A good tip I heard for applying in Colorado--make sure you follow the instructions and thoroughly detail your experience to be considered.  Don't assume that HR will infer anything.  (This is a tough state in which to get hired.)

The application deadline is July 14.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

More job!

Just one today :-)

Arapahoe County Detention Center (Colorado)
Customer Experience/Advisory Specialist - Detention Center Library
This is a unique prison library position because it is actually at a jail and instead of being employed by the jail, you are employed by the library district.  It is also part-time, but if we have learned anything in library school, it is that do anything you can to get your foot in the door and prove yourself.  

Remember, review my hiring tips to help your application stand out above all others!

Until next time!

Library Ghost stories, Episode 9

Greetings, dear readers!  It's your friendly neighborhood prison librarian here with some more *cue creepy music* taaaaaaaaales from the daaaaaaaaaaaaaaark side.

The other day, Mintern had sent the library clerks back and was wrapping up her evening when she heard someone giggling in the library.  Thinking it was someone who was amused that Mintern had forgotten her, she went out to investigate and encourage the wayward clerk or patron to head back to her unit.  However, when she went out there--NOBODY WAS THERE.

Thinking they might be playing a game, Mintern did a sweep of the library to look behind the circ desk and shelves and still... NOBODY WAS THERE.

Dodedodo Dodedodo Dodedodo......

Until next time!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Library Ghost stories, Episode 8

So last week Mintern was on a mini-vacation and I was by myself and having a rather stressful day.  I got back to the library from running errands all over the facility and all I wanted to do was sit in my office and catalog in peace.  I turned the lights off in the library to indicate that nobody was home and made my way to my office.  As I was sitting down at my desk, I heard three quick knocks on my door and I glanced up to see who it was.  (I thought it might be a staff member because I locked the door and had the lights off, but someone could still come in if they had keys.)

I saw what looked like a white face looking at me, and since I hadn't been too focused when I was glancing, I made a concerted effort to look at the door and say hi.  However, when I moved my body enough to get a full-on view of the door NOBODY WAS THERE.  I KNOW I heard the knocks though because frankly, I was annoyed to have to make polite conversation haha.

Library Ghost strikes again!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

So you want to be a prison librarian? Well here are some jobs that are open RIGHT MEOW

I came across these and I felt like I should share them with my dear readers, just in case anyone is inspired to take the leap into the field.

California Department of Corrections
Library Technical Assistant 
Senior Librarian 
The salaries are not terrible (although if you are paying off an expensive MLIS, I would not recommend applying for the Library Technical Assistant) and it says the recruitment process is "continuous" because there are positions open across California.  The qualifications assessment is pretty in-depth, but not too bad if you are serious about working in prison.

Washington Department of Corrections
Branch Library Associate (In-training)
Here, you actually work for the Secretary of State's office but there are positions open in three facilities.  These positions do not require a MLIS and the salaries reflect that, but I hear WA is one of the premier prison library systems and it would be a good entry into prison librarianship.

Illinois Department of Corrections
Library Associate
Starting salary is $3,508 so not too shabby.  Apply by 6/5/15.

Gadsden Correctional Facility in Florida
Library Manager
Click Search Openings and do a keyword search for Library.  However, be aware that this is a private prison, which means it is for-profit.  It is also a women's prison, so be prepared to deal with a lot of patron drama haha.

Remember, some states have residency requirements for employment.  Just read the instructions carefully so you don't waste your time and the recruiter's time.  I will keep posting more as I find them, and if you want me to look over your resume and/or cover letter you can email me at

Until next time!