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 bargains the keys to reshaping library prone for the hot generations of energetic older adults. A must-read for library educators, library administrators, and any info specialist operating in a neighborhood surroundings, this significant book:
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Robert Butler, The Longevity Revolution: The Benefits and Challenges of Living a Long Life (New York: PublicAffairs, 2008). M. Marc Freedman, “The Aging Opportunity: America’s Elderly as a Civic Resource,” American Prospect 7, no. 29 (1996): 38–43. Mary Catherine Bateson, “In Search of Active Wisdom: Libraries and Consciousness-Raising for Adulthood II,” in Boomers and Beyond: Reconsidering the Role of the Library, ed. Pauline Rothstein and Diantha D. Schull (Chicago: American Library Association, 2010).
The California State Library has developed a major statewide initiative that advances local librarians’ understanding of aging while emphasizing support for projects that mobilize older adults as assets to their library or their local community. This initiative has expanded to other western states and has been influential nationwide. The Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records was the first to make investments in 50+ services and has supported projects that promote fitness and learning and engage baby boomers as contributors in their communities.
Introduction The goal of Kaboom! (Knowledgeable & Active Boomers) is to challenge our assumptions, our language, and the way in which libraries organize adult and senior library services to find new and engaging methods to address an emerging third lifephase in transformational ways. Kaboom! 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.