50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action


“This book is chock full of enterprising, innovative, engaging, and successful library services and programs geared toward library patrons age 50 and over.  The book is meant to capture the energy and drive behind older adult library services…it is an excellent book that explains this new service model for libraries and it has many examples to fuel discussions and brainstorming for librarians interested in offering services to the growing 50+ age group.” More

Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship (Volume 25, Issue 4, 22 November 2013)

“Diantha Dow Schull’s new book 50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action, published by ALA Editions, offers the keys to reshaping library services for new generations of active older adults. The book is a must-read for library educators, library directors, and any information professional working in a community or academic setting….”

American Libraries (March 7, 2014)

“The wisdom and insight contained in this book can help make the library a center for positive aging.”

– The Informed Librarian selected 50+ Services: Innovation in Action as the Feature Book of the Month in March 2014.

2014 State of America’s Libraries Report (April 2014)

50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action was discussed and excerpted as a special section, titled Baby Boomers are Redefining Aging in America and at Libraries, in the American Library Association’s report on the state of American libraries.

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“This title provides many examples of best practices surrounding librarianship for our aging communities, a subject that is often not well covered in graduate school. The book opens by outlining what research has shown to be the needs for this age group, and goes on to offer best practices found in what the author refers to as “leading edge” states and in 11 libraries identified as “beacons of change.” Additional examples are broken down into categories such as careers and service, transitions, health and wellness, information technology and social media, community connections, lifelong learning, and intergenerational programs. With more demands made with less time and resources available, having these examples will help librarians reflect on whether they are meeting the needs of their senior community and give them now-how to advocate for their elder patrons. Recommended for public libraries.”

Booklist (May 8, 2013)

“Diantha Dow Schull … emphasizes that ‘chronological age is less important than individual preferences and circumstances.….’ Schull emphasizes that libraries need to acknowledge the demographic changes taking place across the country and the potential for libraries to become community centers for the many independent, active, engaged older adults who are redefining aging in America.” More

Public Libraries (October 10, 2014)

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… 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. … Overall, this book will be extremely useful for a library that wishes to not just meet the needs of their 50+ years-old population, but would like some original ideas on how to exceed them.” More

Journal of Library Innovation (Volume 5, Issue 2, November 2014)

“As Tempe Public Library’s slogan so aptly puts it, ‘the rest of your life begins with a cup of coffee.’ 50+ Library Services inspires librarians to do the same: start the coffee conversation with our own communities and respond to the needs of adults finding the next chapter in their lives. Highly recommended for all public libraries regardless of size, this book would serve as an excellent text for MLS and LTA coursework on public library programming.” More

Reference & User Services Quarterly