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)
Renée Barnes happened upon the field of correctional librarianship in 2005 while searching for a job. She began working as a library technician in a correctional facility and hasn’t considered working with any other population since. Since 2005, she has facilitated book groups, created summer and winter reading programs, and taught Spanish and cognitive behavior change classes to offender in addition to providing other library services to offenders at three different correctional facilities. These opportunities to serve and impact those who may not have seen the library as relevant to their lives fueled her desire to pursue a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science and a promotion to librarian.
Renée began working as an Institutional Libraries Senior Consultant in March 2013. She wants to leave the world a better place than when she found it and believes her work with institutional libraries allows her to do just that.
Erin Boyington began working in correctional libraries in 2013 after receiving her MLIS from the University of Washington. She began as a Library Technician II and then Librarian II, providing library services and programming to Sterling Correctional Facility, the largest state prison in Colorado. There she started new adult programs with the help of community partners. Working with Pop Culture Classroom in Denver, she brought their LEAD With Comics curriculum to prison, teaching art and literacy to offenders using comic books. She also worked with TED.com to provide their inspirational talks by global leaders to the incarcerated. Erin enjoys presenting at workshops and conferences and is an active member-participant of the American Library Association.
Erin loves connecting people to libraries, books, and new ideas. She believes that creating learning opportunities gives people the tools for success - even if they choose not to use them!
Teresa Allen cannot stay away from institutional libraries. She worked as the Youth Institutions and Acquisitions Consultant in 2006-2010. During that time, she improved library collections and services in the Colorado Division of Youth Services, and she started an annual mini-conference for youth institutional library staff. She also participated in the Young Adult Library Services Association’s “Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults” selection committee. In 2010, Teresa moved on to teach high school English classes at the Youthful Offender System in Pueblo and then worked as a librarian in Denver Public Schools. She returned to the Youth Institutions position in 2016. When not consulting, Teresa loves movies, thrift stores, hiking, and, of course, READING. She believes that everyone deserves a 21st century library.