عنوان مقاله [English]
نویسندگان [English]چکیده [English]
Prison libraries pay a significant role in reform, training and rehabilitation of the inmates and displays a direct positive effect on their future attitude and behavior. The present study is to investigate the current status of organization, resources, manpower, facilities, services, space and budget within 144 prison libraries throughout Iran. It also intended to determine the areas of cooperation and to propose a plan for a coordinated network system linking these libraries together by which they could offer better, swifter and more increased information services through cooperation, resource sharing and coordination in organization. The field study was comprised of 150 questions sent out to the prison libraries. Findings show that the study hypotheses concerning shortages in skilled manpower, space, budget, collection development, cataloging and ICT being at levels lower than IFLA recommended guidelines were confirmed. Some suggestion for improving the current conditions are made.