By Diantha Dow Schull
Some of the main engaged and widespread clients of public libraries are over the age of fifty. they might 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 ebook deals the keys to reshaping library prone for the hot generations of lively older adults. A must-read for library educators, library administrators, and any info specialist operating in a group surroundings, this significant book:
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The invisibility of midlife adults is reinforced by a lack of distinctions between age groups at the other end of the adult spectrum. In most libraries “adult” means all persons between 18 and approximately 65. When librarians do focus on the needs of those who are making midlife or career changes, or new retirees who do not fit the senior mold, many still assume that whatever is provided in adult services is adequate to meet their needs. The size, diversity, and potential of 50+ adults are simply not taken into account.
Innovation in Action: Documentation for Change Despite the considerable barriers they face, librarians are making significant changes in how they work with baby boomers and other active older adults. These changes may not be taking place in all parts of the country, they may be uneven in quality, and they may not yet have formal identity within the profession. Nevertheless, the changes are tangible, and they signal the beginning of a new approach to working with midlife 50+ adults. 50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action takes stock of the changes made to date.
Lack of a forum for change. The decentralized nature of libraries and the lack of a forum for those working to reshape adult and senior services are another obstacle to change. Excellence and experimentation in one part of the country or even one part of a state are not necessarily known to colleagues in other parts of the country or that state. Despite extensive electronic communications, with WebJunction, blogs, state library e-newsletters, webinars, Facebook, and the like, there is no common mechanism for exchange of ideas and presentation of practices that can inform and inspire librarians across the country.
50+ Library Services. Innovation in Action by Diantha Dow Schull