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 data wishes of this demographic have replaced dramatically, and Schull's new publication deals the keys to reshaping library companies for the recent generations of lively older adults. A must-read for library educators, library administrators, and any details expert operating in a neighborhood surroundings, this significant book:
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The new thinking about older adult services emerged in the early 2000s, first in Arizona and then spreading to Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, and other states. ”2 Other library leaders at the national, state, and local levels were becoming aware of the demographic and social changes taking place and started to use their influence to encourage new attitudes and practices. By 2006 many adult or senior services librarians were cognizant of the need to reconsider traditional services for older adults.
Will provide new ideas and help inform the creation of a distinct specialty within adult services, focusing on active, engaged older adults during this second year of a two-year library demonstration project of work to serve and engage boomers. —Multnomah (Oregon) Public Library 2009 LSTA grant proposal Multnomah County Public Library is one of hundreds of American libraries, particularly public libraries, that are starting to reshape services for 50+ adults, also known as midlife adults. With the blessing of library leaders, new sources of support, and positive responses from their patrons, many imaginative librarians are working toward change.
Another important program spearheaded by state librarians is the IMLS-funded Western Regional Fellowship. In a partnership with the California State Library, state libraries in Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and the Pacific Library Partnership have helped organize and oversee this professional development program, which has provided intensive online and on-site training and technical assistance to library professionals from across the western United States. All of the training materials are now available online, making the rich training content available to librarians nationwide.
50+ Library Services. Innovation in Action by Diantha Dow Schull