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Record Group Number: 000161
Series/Collection Number: .S 1885
Creator: Florida. Division of Library and Information Services.
Title, Dates: American Correctional Association prison library files, 1968-1978.
Amount: 3 cubic ft.
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Biographical/Historical:     The Division of Library and Information Services in the Florida Department of State provides library, records management, and archival services at the state and local level. The Division provides direct library services to state government; develops library services statewide; and provides archival and records management services, technical assistance, education, financial aid, and cooperative services.  Working in partnership with archivists, librarians, records managers, governmental officials, and citizens, the Division seeks to assure access to materials and information of past, present, and future value to enable local libraries and agencies to provide effective information services for the benefit of the people of Florida.
    The American Correctional Association (ACA) was a professional organization for the nation's correctional practitioners. The ACA was originally founded in Cincinnati, Ohio as the National Prison Association in 1870, where it elected future U.S. President Rutherford Hayes as its president. The organization's name was changed to the ACA in 1954. The organization set standards and developed accreditation programs for the nation's correctional institutes. This included standards for prison libraries, for which the ACA Commission of Institutional Libraries was created. Between 1971 and 1975, that commission revised the standards for developing and operating prison libraries. Florida's Assistant State Librarian Barratt Wikins was chairperson for the commission.

    Barratt Wilkins began with the division in 1973 as Assistant State Librarian of Florida. Four years later, Wilkins became Florida's State Librarian as well as the division's director. Between June and October 1987, Wilkins also served as Acting Secretary of State.
Summary:     This series consists of records relating to the American Correctional Association's Commission on Institutional Libraries and documents the Division of Library and Information Services' participation on that commission, through then Assistant State Librarian Barratt Wilkins.  Records include correspondence, minutes, annual reports, and commission recommendations.
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Subject Access Fields: Wilkins, Barratt.
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