What the Critics Say about 50+ Services: Innovation in Action



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

The Informed Librarian selected 50+ Library Services: Innovation in Action as the Feature Book for March 2014.   Read the full review. _______________________________________________________________________________


This book is a vital resource for any public library that is looking to optimize their services for the Baby Boomer group to build community and collaboration within and outside the library walls. 

_____ Carol Ann Attwood, Medical Librarian, Patient and Health Education Library, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona.                                         Read the full review:  Public Libraries. Volume 52, Number 6. November-December 2013.  p. 52 ______________________________________________________________________________


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 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.

— Bradford Lee Edan,  Dean of Library Services at the Valparaiso University Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources in Valparaiso, Indiana.    Read the full review:  Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship.  Volume 25, Issue 4,  November, 2013. _______________________________________________________________________________


This title provides many examples of best practices surrounding librarianship for our aging communities, a subject that is not often 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  …. in categories such as careers and service, transitions, health and wellness, information technology and social media, community connections, lifelong learning and inter-generational 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 the know-how to advocate for their elder patrons.  Recommended for public libraries.  

 Stephanie Charlefour, Garden City Public Library, Michigan.                    Read the full review:  Booklist, May 8, 2013.  _______________________________________________________________________________

American Libraries 

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

ALA Editions.  March 7, 2013