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ERIC Number: ED247954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
How Older Adults Use Books and the Public Library: A Review of the Literature. Occasional Papers Number 165.
This paper looks at older adults' use of books and the public library, synthesizes and analyzes work completed in this area, and offers recommendations for future studies. A review was performed of the U.S., Canadian, and British literature over the past 20 years on the use of library materials by older adults. The literature review is divided into four sections: (1) Reading Preferences of Older Adults; (2) The Influence of Education on Library Use; (3) User and Non-user Studies: Old Age and Library Use; and (4) Aging, Life Satisfaction, and Reading. In addition to a list of references, the following bibliographies are appended: Related Research (including brief annotations on research on the use of books and the public library by older adults); Other Relevant References (materials which may be of interest to those desiring a broader view of older adults' reading habits); and Gerontological References (books and articles dealing with the psychological and sociological, rather than the biological, aspects of aging). (THC)
Descriptors: Educational Background, Gerontology, Library Materials, Life Satisfaction, Literature Reviews, Older Adults, Public Libraries, Recreational Reading, Use Studies
Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Publications Office, University of Illinois, 249 Armory Building, 505 E. Armory Street, Champaign, IL 61820 ($3.00 per copy; subscription, $13.00 per year).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Graduate School of Library and Information Science.