RUSA RSS Library Service to Aging Population (Reference Services Section) Committee
Abigail L. Elder (Chair, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014)
Ms. Renee Bennett-Kapusniak (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Abigail L. Elder (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Ms. Angela Fortin (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Dana M. Lucisano (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014)
Mr. Matthew Neer (Member, July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2014)
Janet Therese O'Keefe (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014)
Jane S. Salisbury (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Committee member Jane Salisbury wrote a thoughtful, engaging piece for the OLAQ: Oregon Library Association Quarterly. My favorite quote:
Retiring assumptions does not mean ignoring reality. The most successful services for older adults do not deny the realities of aging, which can include losses and impairments, mental and physical. They also do not deny the rich curiosity and experience of older adults, the continuing need to learn and create. Librarians need to understand how to communicate with patrons who have cognitive impairments, and physical limitations such as hearing loss and low vision. We also need to treat our patrons as intellectually curious, ready to take on new challenges and creatively engaged.
The entire Spring 2014 OLAQ has a theme of Libraries Across the Lifespan, and is available online: http://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/
Thanks for your good work, Jane!
RSS Library Services to an Aging Population
October 3, 2013
11:30 Eastern, 8:30 Pacific
You'll need to "register" to receive the code to enter the meeting
2. Program at ALA Annual 2014
a. Program title due this week
b. Volunteers to be in charge of shepherding the program
3. Guidelines for Serving Older Adults
a. Draft Introduction by Jane and Brigid
b. Are the current sections still appropriate
c. How should the guidelines be organized?
d. Volunteers for the next steps
4. Community of Practice
a. Michele Farrell, IMLS, suggested we create a Community of Practice
5. January Meeting
a. Okay to be a virtual meeting, and not hold a meeting at Midwinter?
b. Anyone going to MW- want to meet up?
Michele Farrell, Institute of Museums and Libraries, shared this great news!
Westchester Library System - Tarrytown, NY
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Program Category: Demonstration
Award Amount: $500,000
Westchester Library System, in partnership with Lifetime Arts, ALA’s Public Programs Office, and AARP Foundation, will improve, expand, and sustain creative aging programs in public libraries and position libraries as community cornerstones for positive aging.
Built on Lifetime Arts’ capacity-building model, this initiative reflects new scholarship on the benefits of social engagement and creative expression for healthy aging, employs nationally recognized best practices in arts education, and promotes partnerships between librarians and arts and community organizations.
Through the new Lifetime Arts Affiliate Network, up to 150 librarians will participate in in-depth training, receive ongoing technical assistance, participate in a national peer network, and receive support to implement programs in their communities.
The program will provide a practical, replicable, and sustainable approach for transforming library services for older adults to align with new knowledge, societal priorities, and collaborative practice.