ERIC Number: ED342416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-11
Silver Editions II: Advancing the Concept of Library-Centered Humanities Programs for Older Adults. An Evaluation.
Van Fleet, Connie; And Others
This report is an evaluation of the Silver Edition II Project, a program to offer library-centered humanities programming to older adults. In the program local scholars in seven geographically dispersed library systems led discussion groups made up of 20 to 25 participating older adults. This evaluation focuses on the stated goals of the project: (1) to offer to older adults the opportunity to discuss literary, historic, and philosophical themes of "The Remembered Past: 1914-1945" and "The Search for Meaning: Insights through Literature, History, and Art"; (2) to stimulate planning of new program initiatives by libraries wishing to broaden their older adult audiences; (3) to build on the lessons of Silver Editions I in two library systems and extend the program to five new library networks; (4) to localize solutions to the problems of linking libraries with underserved audiences of older adults; (5) to reach out to older adults who are unaccustomed to using library resources; (6) to engage scholars to work with older adult audiences; and (7) to encourage participants to read and discuss supplemental works. Following the evaluations recommendations are offered regarding support for site coordinators, training, location and ambience, topics and anthologies, and the role of the librarian. A project evaluation, general comment, and a bibliography of six selected readings follow. Five appendixes contain: (1) evaluation forms for the librarians, group leaders, participants, and site coordinator; (2) data analysis; (3) comments from participants; (4) data processing procedures; and (5) a biographical sketch of the author. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Council on the Aging, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A