ERIC Number: ED472884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Library Services to the Homebound Elderly in Denmark.
Nielsen, Gyda Skat
The number of elderly people in Denmark continues to grow, which means there is an increasing need for special library services to those elderly who are not able to come to the library because of physical or mental limitations. This paper uses the practices of Sollerod Public Libraries (Sollerod, Denmark) to frame the discussion of the following: criteria for participating in outreach services; personal contact with patrons; how to select materials; the difference between reading habits of the younger (mobile) generation and the elderly, with examples of types of materials that are most in demand (talking books, magazines on cassette, large print books, music on CD or cassette, videos, talking newspapers, and reading services); examples of effective marketing methods to attract potential borrowers (announcements in local papers, articles in local newspapers and various magazines aimed at elderly and disadvantaged populations, personal contact with the news media, information brochures from the library, close contact with institutions and organizations for the elderly and disabled, close contact with home-help providers, and daily contact with other citizens of the community); partnerships with other service providers; and special arrangements for the homebound elderly. (AEF)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Foreign Countries, Frail Elderly, Homebound, Library Development, Library Materials, Library Services, Outreach Programs, Public Libraries, User Needs (Information)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark