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New Book about Trends & Innovations in 50+ Library Services

50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action, by Diantha Dow SchullBaby Boomers and other active older adults are redefining the meaning and the purpose of our older years. How is your library responding?

50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action, is the most comprehensive review of library services for active older adults to date. The book offers a topical scan of the library landscape, identifying the emerging issues and practices that are transforming how libraries respond to the aging of America.

50+ Library Services provides:

  • Analysis of 12 societal trends and their implications for how librarians work with midlife adults
  • Profiles of 4 Leading Edge States and 12 Beacon Libraries that are in the forefront  of institutional change
  • Instructive examples of more than 300 projects and programs reflecting new understanding of aging in the library sector and new approaches to librarianship with the potential to enhance the quality of life for older adults

A new movement for older adult library services has begun to emerge, a movement that implies re-structuring of adult services across  the lifespan, and that promises new relationships between libraries and their midlife constituents.

— Diantha Dow Schull, 50+ Library Services

Use coupon code SLSA13 for a $5 discount at ALA’s online store. ORDER >>

Read an excerpt at the ALA Editions site HERE >>

Creative Aging in Libraries Catches On Nationwide

Public Libraries across the country are starting to respond to the size and diversity of the nation’s growing older adult population.  They are experimenting with new approaches to serving Boomers and other generations of active older adults, offering job counseling services, health education, housing information, match-ups for community volunteering, financial planning advice and classes in PhotoShop and social media.

Creative Aging programs, or arts education for older adults, are one of the most promising indications of the trend towards “50+ Library Services”.  Taught by trained artist-educators, Creative Aging programs reflect new research on older adults that offers evidence for the benefits of skills development and social engagement.  Older adults who participate in structured, sequential arts education with peers have lower rates of illness and show fewer signs of the cognitive declines that can occur through social isolation.  The also reflect the positive benefits of the sense of accomplishment that comes through creative expression. Continue reading Creative Aging in Libraries Catches On Nationwide

Interdisciplinary Exhibitions at MoMA and the Met

Two recent back-to-back visits to major exhibitions in New York City –  Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 at MoMA and Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity at the Met – provoked some observations about curatorial trends in major art museums.  Although the two exhibitions were developed in different  institutional contexts, and focused on different artistic themes and time periods, they had telling similarities in their display and interpretation, among them:

  • an emphasis on the social networks behind the art;        
  • interdisciplinary and cross-media perspectives;
  • the inclusion of a number of women artists;
  • equal attention to lesser known images or objects and widely recognized pieces; and
  • extensive interpretive programming.                                                                                                                                                         

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