Happy New Year to all of you. This past year 2006 has been a good year for me in the promotion of library service to older adults.
I completed the last of 11 workshops on library service to older adults for the Texas State Library and Archives, presented programs on GLBT Elderly at the New Jersey and New England Library Associations, Chaired a Pre-Conference on Libraries and Older Adults at ALA Annual, and just recently taught a class in library services to older adults for San Jose State University SLIS.
I think that 2007 will be even better!
Already on the schedule is a Pre-conference set for ALA Washington, DC on "libraries, older adults and technology."
At the Old Bridge Public Library we are in the middle of developing our strategic plan which has an emphasis on outreach, diversity and service to older adults. We are working on a "new" idea that you will hear about soon that is a step "backward" and a step "forward" in how libraries will provide services to older adults. We are very excited to be on the cutting edge.
I've had a chance this year to meet dozens of library professionals that understand the growing need to advance the idea of service to older adults. I feel optomistic--more optomistic than I have in a long time.
Come and join us in this movement! Chat with you in 2007!