02 May Baby Boomers Impact on Public Library
Psychological Article on Elderly Problems
Are you a retiring baby boomer looking for alternative interests and awareness? Do you want a good recreational avocation to ward off elderly problems? Then do not worry, as a public library can help fill the bill and allow you to make great use of your time. Today, more and more baby boomers are rediscovering public libraries as a post retirement avenue of enjoyment. Many psychological articles have confirmed that baby boomers are known for consuming, disseminating, and promulgating a love of reading and knowledge and thus retiring boomers have been pumping new energy into museums and library systems.
Boomers’ desire to defend against elderly problems has had a positive influence on libraries and museums which are rapidly becoming attractive hotspots for retiring boomers’ individual as well as communal enjoyment. Thus librarians are working hard to find ways to understand the needs of retiring boomers and to maximize the library experience such as updating library services to ensure they are timely, accessible, and relevant to the highly educated baby boomers seeking their resources. Psychological articles have stated that many public libraries are therefore undertaking regular assessment of their services in order to make amendments that will satisfy and accommodate boomer needs.
One great example of services is North Shore Public Library, Roslyn, New York) that has now “gone wireless” and encourages boomers to bring their computers to upgrade their “Boomer Connection” organized with the help of NPL staff. This is just one of many library programs that give boomers the resources that provide opportunities to learn, work, and have social interaction. These programs cater to baby boomers informational needs, yet can be enjoyed by the entire community, bringing neighborhoods together, and alleviating elderly problemsof isolation and lack of contact.
Similarly, Equal Access Libraries, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2003, goes “beyond business as usual” and trains librarians and staff in how to be community-responsive by pioneering innovative programs and functionality to meet the needs of Baby Boomers and older adults, health consumers, and youth between the ages 10-18. New York Public Library is an Equal Access Library that has enacted programs to assess the needs of targeted boomers and now they are working hard to address their specific requirements of this burgeoning group of people. California State Library has also taken an initiative to serve boomers. Their “Transforming Life After 50” program endeavors to target and attract retiring boomers by aiming to inspire boomers towards library innovation and resolution of elderly problems. They are employing new language, strategies, and approaches to satisfy the baby boomers needs and provide resources and opportunities to the retiring baby boomer generation.
Furthermore, the Americans for Libraries Council are training people to develop new strategies to ensure that libraries meet the needs of the aging baby boomer generation. They are also hoping that this training model will be mutually beneficial; helping boomers as well as boosting library and book industry business. According to this training program the nation’s libraries will be upgraded with enhanced services for baby boomers and older persons, offering them chances for active learning, exploration, and social engagement.
In order to be effective in meeting the needs of baby boomers and older adults the library directors and creative program designers must understand that primary needs and motivations of the generation; for instance, seeking library resources to gain information about new careers opportunities, as well as leisure activities and information. According to psychological articles, art, culture, and genealogy programs seem very attractive drawing cards for boomers and older adults to seek library services. At the end of the day, we humans are social beings, and libraries can be extremely useful in helping resolve many elderly problems by providing entertainment, knowledge, resources, learning, healthy escape, and social interaction.
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