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ERIC Number: ED495803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Designs for Change: Libraries and Productive Aging. Report on the National Library Leaders Forum (Washington, DC, September 26-27, 2005)
Zeisel, William
Institute of Museum and Library Services
As the first of the baby boomers turn 60, public libraries are preparing to offer creative alternatives to retirement to a generation notorious for their idealism and activism. This report from the Americans for Libraries Council (ALC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) offers guidelines, demographics, and examples of model programs to public libraries interested in connecting these active older adults to new opportunities for learning, work, and community service. On September 26-27, 2005, Americans for Libraries Council and the Institute of Museum and Library Services convened a Library Leaders Forum, "Designs for Change: Libraries and Productive Aging," to examine key issues relating to the aging opportunity. The meeting was held as part of ALC's Lifelong Access Libraries initiative, which seeks to foster fundamental changes in how librarians provide services and opportunities to active older adults. The key findings include recognition that the current paradigm of library services for "seniors" does not match the characteristics and potential contributions of the baby boomer generation; that the profession is not organized to support coordinated change; that there is no central, easily accessible database of best practices; and that the challenges and opportunities of demographic change must be shared across sectors, fields, and disciplines. The call to action emphasizes a need for leadership to bring about change at all levels of the library community. It also highlights the importance of finding new approaches to services and defining benchmarks and frameworks for their dissemination. It urges creation of a community of practice. Appended are: (1) Trends: Older Adults, Productive Activity and Civic Engagement; (2) Bibliography of Selected Works by Presenters, National Advisors and Aging Organizations; (3) Forum Agenda; and (4) Forum Participants. ["Designs for Change" is supported by a generous grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies and additional support from Institute of Museum and Library Services and Americans for Libraries Council.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A