Public Libraries and Jail Partnerships

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Register for this one-hour webinar. 

(A recording will be available under the CALL Academy People Connect Institute category one week after delivery)


Learn how the San Diego County Library has worked with county jails to provide services to individuals who are incarcerated or re-entering. This presentation serves as a primer to begin this work in your own library system. It features our roadmap for initiating a partnership, and guidance on how to adjust traditional library services for successful outcomes.

We'll also discuss SDCL's successful initiatives focused on serving individuals who are justice-involved, including our Re-entry Library Card initiative and our early literacy classes for incarcerated caregivers. Lastly, tips will be shared on how to advocate for this work in your library setting.


Carolyn Kimmel (she/her/hers) is an Adult Services Librarian with the San Diego County Library. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Wagner College (NY), and is currently pursuing an MLIS from San Jose State University.

Liz Vagani is a Librarian III at the San Diego County Library. She received a MLIS degree from Wayne State University in 2008. Since then, she has worked at libraries in the Midwest and California. Her wry sense of humor, commitment to irrational optimism, and dedication to inclusive library services have served her well in her current role as Branch Manager/Chief Spinner of Plates in a bustling branch.

CALL Training Partner for this Event: PCI Webinars

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I understand that a space will be reserved for me in this learning opportunity at a cost to CALL, and if I am unable to attend this learning opportunity, I will cancel my enrollment as soon as possible and before the start date. 

Recording in CALL Academy

The recording for this session will be made available in CALL Academy approximately one week after delivery.