Bio

Cropped P1Marybeth Zeman has been a teacher for more than thirty years and, since 2010, has served as transitional counselor for the school program for incarcerated youth at the Nassau County Correctional Center.

In 2009, she was awarded a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Scholarship and earned a master’s degree in Library Science and Information Services from St. John’s University. 

Ms. Zeman has been a high school ESL teacher and an adjunct professor at Queensborough Community College, Nassau Community College and St. Joseph’s College.

Presently, she has become involved with the juvenile justice community and is a champion for the rights of the incarcerated and the formerly incarcerated. She is a member of the advocacy groups, Think Outside the Cell and the Education from the Inside Out and is an active participant in the Juvenile Justice Exchange Group. She is also a member of the American Library Association and its sub-committees operating under the ASCLAAmerican Special Collection Library Association and OLOSOffice of Library Outreach Services, Library Services to Incarcerated Individuals and is a member of the Prison Librarian’s Group and YALSA. Most recently, she has become a member of the Library Services to Youth in Custody Group and is on its In The Margins Awards Committee.

 She contributes regularly as a blog writer for Public Libraries Online, recently posting an article advocating the need for outreach services for juvenile ex-offenders (http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2013/11/juvenile-ex-offenders-need-libraries-too/ ).

You can read articles and interviews with Marybeth at the following links:

 Uncommon Journalism 

 

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