I have just started a blog called Senior-Friendly Libraries. The purpose of this blog is to provide resources for librarians including: research on aging as it influences library services, library research on "older adults", incorporating Library 2.0 features for "older adults", and examples of successful "older adult" library services and programs. In addition, I hope to make librarians aware of the need to market services to older adults in their community, since this segment of the population is predicted to reach 20% of the population of the United States by 2030.

Please contact me if you have links about older adult library services or other information about older adults that could affect library services for Seniors.

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Comment by RefLibrarian on August 19, 2007 at 8:58am
I know what you mean. My daughter in college emails my mom and they really enjoy keeping in touch.
Comment by Regina Spiker on August 9, 2007 at 6:42pm
We have a lot of our older patrons that come to my computer classes. They love to keep up with some of the "new technology." They tell me they just want to keep up with their grandkids and show them they "still have it!" Ha, ha.
Comment by RefLibrarian on June 2, 2007 at 8:15am
Joanne,
I understand that it may be difficult to encourage people to try the new technologies. Do you have a staff training day - when you can give presentations on the technology? Another strategy is to offer prizes for learning the technologies - like PLCMC offering a free mp3 player to staff who participate ( http://plcmcl2-things.blogspot.com ). This program tries to make learning fun and easy. TBLC is offering a similar program, where librarians can choose a prize when they earn enough tickets ( http://www.tblc.org/library2.0 ).

I find it easier to "sell" new technology to patrons, since I can tailor the recommendations based on what their interests are. For example, if someone is interested in crossword puzzles, I can show them the online sites for free crosswords.
Comment by RefLibrarian on June 2, 2007 at 8:02am
Sharon,
Thank you for the websites. I am also interested in library services to the mobility impaired and the homebound. I really like programs where volunteers deliver books to the homebound. This provides social interaction as well as books and can help decrease people's feelings of isolation. However, I think that this can only be arranged by using volunteers, since there are not enough staff to implement it. My library system doesn't have this type of program, but at least we offer books-by-mail.
Comment by Joanne Tremblay on June 1, 2007 at 3:10pm
I work in what we jokingly call the 'geriatric' unit and many of my cohorts are uninterested in technological changes. I have been entrusted with the task of ensuring that their technological skills are up to date. Several couldn't care less how to write to a CD, MP3 much less RSS, blogging, wiki's. How do I get them 'on-board' to learn these new technologies without promises of immediate gain or threats of employment loss? I'm not worried about those retiring within the next year.
Comment by Sharon Nottingham on May 31, 2007 at 4:00pm
You are probably more interested in seniors who still function well and are able to interact with libraries easily. However, these websites might lead you to professionals working with seniors who are having difficulty with the basics of daily living.

http://www.caremanager.org/
http://www.agewiseliving.com/

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