University of Pittsburgh

George Pike Trains Library Staff at PA Dept. of Corrections

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August 8, 2011

Professor George Pike recently provided two days of legal training for librarians and library staff employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections at their Training Academy in Elizabethtown, PA.  The librarians work at correctional instititutions throughout the Commonweath and are responsible for maintaining legal collections and supporting legal research activities in prison libraries.  Professor Pike discussed several topics including the U.S. legal system and how it relates to legal research, management of legal collections, recent developments in the constitutional requirement to provide inmates with "access to the courts" including access to law libraries, and an overview of Pennsylvania criminal appeals and Post-Conviction Relief proceedures.

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