ERIC Number: ED067521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: 0
National Survey of Library Services to the Aging. Final Report.
Cleveland Public Library, OH.
The purpose of this study was to determine the scope of library service rendered to persons over 65 by public libraries and libraries at state and federal institutions. Library services were defined to exclude routine services such as book lists but include programs and services (1) which are offered specifically for the aging population or (2) in which at least 50% of the participants are 65 years of age or older. State library agencies, state administrations on aging, U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare regional program officers, and selected other individuals and agencies were contacted to identify libraries that were believed to provide specific library programs or services for the over 65 population. Those identified were subsequently surveyed by questionnaire and/or field interviews. Material was presented as findings on: (1) the scope, nature, and extent of library services to the aging, (2) financing library services to the aging, and (3) organizational and staff support for library services to the aging. Several exemplary programs and services for the aging were described. The report concludes with overall observations, conclusions, and recommendations. Major recommendations included: (1) special recognition of the aging in library legislation and organization, and (2) coordination of services to aging as a discrete program of library agencies. (Author)
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Sponsor: Bureau of Libraries and Educational Technology (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cleveland Public Library, OH.