Kathrina Litchfield

Library & Information Science
Graduate College, University of Iowa

Kathrina Litchfield is finishing her last semester towards her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She received her BA in English at the University of Iowa in 1997. Her current research focuses on the threats against the intellectual freedoms of the incarcerated, and the benefits of strategic library programming in improving the lives of prisoners and reducing recidivism rates. Since 2011, Litchfield has facilitated a monthly book group for adult incarcerated men at IMCC Oakdale. The experience has encouraged her to explore the relation of book reading and group discussion to perspective-taking and other empathic skills that lead to improved pro-social behaviors. Through collaboration with other Obermann Fellows and the UI Prison Partnership Program, Litchfield’s ultimate goal is to lobby for the reinstatement of a certified librarian within the Iowa Department of Corrections.