Academic journal article Journal of Library Innovation

50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action

Academic journal article Journal of Library Innovation

50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action

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50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action Dianda Dow Schull. Chicago: American Library Association, 2013. 335 pp. ISBN: 978-1-55570-972-3. $57.00

50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action is the perfect book for public librarians looking for innovative ideas to improve their institutions' services to older adults. This book explains how traditional library services for older adults are outdated and need revision for the 21st century. One way of introducing the reader to this new way of viewing senior services is by using the term "older adult" or "50+" in place of the term "senior citizen". Readers are presented with services geared towards the active older adult, one who is not considered frail or handicapped. The book presents research showing that the 50+ years-old adult today is living a longer and more active life. Many older adults are starting second careers, pursuing further education, or starting new fitness programs.

Libraries featured in 50+ Library Services are providing unique services catering to the needs of today's older adult. From career services to book clubs and from fitness classes to volunteer work in the library, these innovative libraries are providing the services today's older adults are looking for. Each chapter in this book features a different library from around the country, what new programs they have implemented, and how that library gained funding for the new program. …

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