Older Adults & Seniors

Older adult couple

Among the many diverse communities that libraries serve, older adults and seniors continue to be a growing population with unique needs. Libraries are adapting programming and outreach strategies, developing senior-friendly spaces, and implementing adaptive technologies for this community. In this section you will find lists of helpful suggestions, case studies of individual libraries, and other resources to help your library provide better services to older adults and seniors.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

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Homebound Services Brochure

 Document / Last Modified: 24 May 2017

This is the brochure that we provide to patrons who need library services delivered to their home. Feel Free to make it work for your needs.

Amp Up Your Technology Training

 Webinar / Last Modified: 08 May 2017

A webinar on technology training for communities. Learn how OASIS Connections classes are helping communities build skills and confidence using computers, the Internet and today's technology.

An Oasis in the Digital Divide

 News / Last Modified: 05 May 2017

These days, staying on top of technology trends is not only critical to career success, it also helps us connect with family, friends and the wider world. But if you don’t have a computer, or you are new to using a particular device, the experience o...

Digital Citizenship and Public Libraries

 News / Last Modified: 05 May 2017

Just as political citizenship expects principles of integrity of its citizenry, digital citizenship refers to expected modes of conduct in the digital world. Digital citizenship is an umbrella concept that includes the following: a) Preparing technol...

Library Spotlight: Senior Programs at Westerville Public Library

 News / Last Modified: 02 May 2017

Every community is unique, which of course means that each library is unique. Take, for example, Westerville Public Library in Westerville, Ohio. Westerville is a city of about 37,000, situated fewer than 20 miles north of Columbus, and just a stone'...

Serving Older Adults in a Changing World

 Webinar / Last Modified: 16 November 2016

This webinar will focus on trends, impacts and strategies for library staff serving older adults in a changing world.

Rural Libraries Services for Older Adults: Summary of Findings

 News / Last Modified: 19 September 2016

Each day roughly 10,000 Americans turn 65. How are rural libraries serving these older adults? To find out, I conducted a survey of rural libraries throughout 45 states and two Canadian provinces to see how rural libraries are serving the 65+ demogra...

Program Idea: Golden Girls Trivia

 News / Last Modified: 22 June 2016

We couldn't help but notice a Facebook post that mentioned this successful program idea, and we just had to know more. Judith R. Wright, Teen Librarian at Homewood Public Library in Homewood, AL, was kind enough to share more information including th...

25 More Ways to Serve Older Adults

 Document / Last Modified: 01 March 2016

Allen M Kleinman suggests more ideas of how we can serve active older adults and Baby Boomers.