Staff - Institutional Library Development
Diane Walden has worked in corrections librarianship since 1994, as a librarian, manager and consultant. She has been at the Colorado State Library since 2004.
Diane knew she wanted to be a prison librarian from the moment she decided to go to grad school for her MLS. Professors and supervisors talked her out of it, so she focused on medical and technical librarianship…until a year after graduation, when a sudden move to Florida opened up a whole new world. As an employee of the Florida Department of Corrections, a Guardian ad Litem volunteer who represented the needs of children in the court system, and a certified literacy tutor, Diane was empowered to save the world, one reader at a time. She’s still working at it.
Diane's publications include:
"Breaking the Cycle: Prison Reading Program Encourages Literacy," Colorado Libraries, Volume 30 Number 4 Winter 2004
Prisoners’ Right to Read: An Interpretation of The Library Bill of Rights, adopted by ALA June 2010 [catalyst and co-author]
Diane has been awarded:
- Library Journal Mover & Shaker (2011)
- ASCLA Leadership & Professional Achievement Award (2011)
- Chair of American Library Association’s Library Services to Prisoners Forum, 2008-09 and 2009-10
Diane is proud to serve as Coordinator of Institutional Library Development’s Read to the Children program.
Camden Tadhg joined the Institutional Library Development (ILD) team
in November 2010. Camden is a
consultant for libraries in youth correctional facilities, veterans’
nursing homes, and mental health institutions. He also coordinates
the acquisition of new and donated materials for over 40
state-operated institutional libraries.
Except for a short stint at a copy shop, Camden has been working in libraries for most of his adult life including positions in academic acquisitions, consortial lending, and cataloging. His most recent position was as Teen Central Librarian at Hennepin County Library. Most recently, he is serving as an adjunct professor for the University of Denver’s MLIS program, instructing a course on YA materials and services.Correctional librarianship has been his dream for many years. Camden is excessively enthusiastic about libraries and at-risk youth; he can’t wait to bring that enthusiasm to an institutional library near you!
“Bending circuits and making music: Teen Tech Week in downtown Minneapolis” Young Adult Library Services 8.2 (Winter 2010): 20-22.