By Barbara T. Mates
Each seven seconds, a toddler boomer turns 50. So...who makes up the fastest-growing section of strength library clients? because the inhabitants methods fifty five and above, libraries are confronted with an untapped chance to serve a regularly underserved inhabitants. As she explains the fine details of making plans, constructing, advertising and marketing, and investment profitable courses and prone to the graying inhabitants, longtime outreach and entry suggest Barbara associates demonstrates how libraries can make the most of offering top-notch courses and providers for older adults. the newest within the ALA Programming publications sequence, this finished source will get to the center of what seniors desire and want--from carrying on with schooling to recreation--and how one can succeed in out to homebound seniors. choked with rules for motion pictures and song, pcs and the net, family tree, examining, utilizing adaptive and assistive units, and extra, this can be the one-stop consultant for serving the wishes of library shoppers as they circulate into the second one half lifestyles!
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Serving Older Patrons with Low Literacy and Language Skills Staff should remember that both the United States and Canada saw great immigration during the twentieth century. Additionally, the United States and Canada suffered a severe economic depression that caused many of today’s older seniors to quit school and seek employment. This means that some seniors may never have learned to absorb written communications effectively. They may have coped by emphasizing oral communications, developing strong memory skills, or relying on relatives.
Establish and maintain contacts with groups that work with seniors. Request that they ask their colleagues and clients what type of programming will bring seniors into the library. Collecting a cross section of seniors’ thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the library’s senior programming efforts will ensure that library staff are on the same wavelength with the senior community. This will prevent the misspending of funds and effort on programs no one wants. Be ready to accept the fact that there may not be a consensus, and you won’t please everyone all the time.
Plain language and sensitive choice of wording can help eliminate communication barriers and help reach the entire senior pool. ). Although it may not be possible to have all documents translated into diverse languages, it may be possible to do a few. Libraries can seek translators among their staff and share language skills with each other or seek to partner with various organizations in the community. The following are some general tips for staff to Staff and Seniors 31 keep in mind when working with seniors with low literacy rates and educational attainment: Use simple language and sentence structure.