Sunday, August 2, 2015

And now, some history

Greetings readers!  This blog comes to us courtesy of loyal follower Viviana S.  She created a very interesting infographic about the history of prisons in the United States.  Viviana writes:

The United States has the most prisons in the world in order to house the highest number of incarcerated people in the world. 707 per every 100,000 people can be found in a prison. Out of every 100 citizens, 3 work in the justice system. 1 in 9 State employees works in corrections. How this vast prison system evolved is examined by looking back at what there was before modern prisons existed.

Thanks, Viviana, for sharing your scholarship!  Until next time!


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!