I played with my buddies Kindle today. Liked it a lot, pretty straight forward, intuitive for me, probably not for a greatest gen. The keyboard is small and would probably be difficult to navigate with arthritic hands. I distinctly remember teaching a senior to use a mouse once. She had very bad arthritis. Her index finger knuckle was pointing at the left click button but her finger was bent all the way over to the middle of her hand. When she clicked she was right clicking.
Hi Isabelle. I enjoy reading seniorfriendlylibraries and found your atricle on Teleread about ebook readers possibly being the next LT format intriguing. My question from a very practical perspective is, will seniors be able to deal with the technology? I teach computer classes to seniors and I spend a lot of time at the reference desk (plus my own parents are in their 80's). So many issues, vision, arthritis, plus the difficulty of the technology. I look forward to reading more of the Teleread blog. I just got started.
I appreciate your passion for services to seniors. Too often it is an overlooked field in librarianship. Because of my interest in the area, I have published a series of eight novels that were republished in two volumes as "Montana" and "Montana Skies" by Barbour Press. Thorndike Press republished them in large print format. The last four are available on their website as:
Compassionate Love: The Legacy of Faith and Love Continues Bell‚ Ann 9780786292455
Love Remembered: The Legacy of Faith and Love Continues Bell‚ Ann 9780786295258
Love Abounds: The Legacy of Faith and Love Continues Bell‚ Ann 9780786297740
Healing Love: The Legacy of Faith and Love Continues Bell‚ Ann 9780786291366
I enjoyed my first look at your blog. We have never had services for seniors, other than sending collections to retirement homes and large print books. This year we had a booth at our local senior faire and made up a flyer about library services for the event. Seniors certainly make up a good part of our avid readers and loyal supporters. I'll be following your blog as we plan for expended services in a new building!
I'm not sure if we've met in classes at FSU. I finished my MLS there a few years ago and will complete the Ed.S. in information science this Dec.
While I don't recall meeting, I am an animal person -- if I had my career to do over again, I'd probably study animal behavior -- I see you with a horse in your photo. Some of my most pleasant memories are of riding. I don't ride in S. FL as the weather is so warm -- I don't feel good about running a horse in heated conditions. My experience in riding was mostly in England where is is perpetually cool, so cantoring across fields was a delight -- both the horse and I loved it.
I'm now a musuem archivist or will be after the degree is awarded and I finish some research.
Thanks for the add. I'm halfway through the program at the LSU School of Library & Information Science, Baton Rouge, La., focusing on Public Librarianship. LIS is a second career for me after jobs in several fields, none of which were related to my English Lit. undergrad degree.
I see you are also here from another field, biology. And that you're also a public librarian & interested in integrating technology into librarianship. Good. Glad to meet you.
Hi Isabelle, thanks for contacting me. I am a Librarian in a medium sized Library in Palmerston North New Zealand
We are considering embarking on a Web 2.0 training programme for all staff. We have an IT team here in who would be responsible for producing the programe. I have been very impressed with the PLCMC learning 23 things and I would like our library to take up the challenge. We have a number of problems to overcome before we can begin. The major one begin Webmarshall blocking access to a number of sites listed on Learning 23 things and our local council who provide our IT support not understanding why we need to access such sites. This has lead us to develope another learning programme.
I am also going to look at the Seniors blog as we have just appointed a seniors Librarian and are still looking at ways to develope the service.
here is our website you might like to take a look
Thank you for inviting me! We have alot in common. A love of books and animals. I worked for almost 20 years at a nursing home and read to groups of seniors every chance I had. I'm going to go on to read about your new Senior Friendly Libraries now. Thanks again!
I have worked with seniors extensively beginning with a position at a local Senior Center. That experience helped me greatly when I began to work at a public library. Seniors are as varied as we all are. Most would benefit greatly by becoming more 'connected', especially if they are lonely because of being widowed or having old friends die. Yours is a worthwhile effort.
Hi Isabelle. Thanks for the add. I'm very interested in everyone's ideas about "older adults" and Lib 2.0. We tend to concentrate on bringing the younger folks in with social networking, but the older adults of today are computer savvy, interested in keeping in contact with friends, family, and even their local library online, so they will be very receptive to new methods for doing this.