By Diantha Dow Schull
Some of the main engaged and widespread clients of public libraries are over the age of fifty. they could even be the main misunderstood. As child Boomers proceed to swell their ranks, the habit, pursuits, and knowledge wishes of this demographic have replaced dramatically, and Schull's new booklet bargains the keys to reshaping library prone for the recent generations of lively older adults. A must-read for library educators, library administrators, and any info specialist operating in a neighborhood surroundings, this crucial book:
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Libraries for the Future was a leader in advancing new approaches for working with older adults. 6. Sabrina Waldron, Beyond Bingo for Boomers: An Overview of the Lifelong Access Libraries Model. org/innovators/imls-fellowship. 7. Marshall et al. Lifelong Access Libraries Centers of Excellence Final Report. 8. Roberta A. pdf. Chapter 1 Leading-Edge States As stewards of lifelong learning, public libraries are ideally positioned to become cornerstone institutions for productive aging. However, research has shown that library services for “seniors” do not match the characteristics or interests of midlife adults, ages 50+.
These adults do not need books delivered to them; they are eager to deliver the books themselves, organize programs, write press releases, design websites, create events, and also show up for the library’s morning yoga class. They are not “seniors”: they are part of a new population cohort that has yet to find the right name. Call them seniors, 50 plusers, older adults, whatever. Just call them. —Doug Lord, Connecticut State Library Confusion about what terminology to use for nonsenior 50+ people is clearly evident in the range of approaches being taken by libraries today.
It is my conviction that the American library is uniquely positioned to help mediate one of the greatest demographic transformations in human history—the lengthening of the lifespan, coupled with improved population health. The impact of this transformation is increasingly evident in libraries, from the smallest rural libraries to the largest urban systems. In fact, it is astonishing that in the face of such a transformation there has not been more attention paid by the library profession. ’ Is it 55?
50+ Library Services. Innovation in Action by Diantha Dow Schull