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Getting Adults into the Library

Monday, November 10, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melanie Blau McDonald
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Image of people using a computerThe talk among directors and programmers is often about the drop-off in young adult library usage and/or adult library usage, especially among those who are still defining the library in a narrow books/bricks fashion. And even though we have two active special interest groups devoted to serving adults, it’s an ongoing challenge. The Innisfree Public Library in Ontario shared some of their ‘greatest hits’ in terms of adults and programming in a recent issue of WebJunction’s monthly e-newsletter.*

• Hiding Your Digital Fooprint – a workshop

• Appy Hour – a weekly technology social club for seniors. Questions/topics are submitted by dropping them into a basket or there may be a current event topic of interest, e.g. Heartbleed Bug.

What particularly caught my attention was the shared “…key to success lies in positioning ourselves as co-learners. Library professionals are fantastic at finding information, and we can use that skill to help our community members solve their tech questions.” Some of us may not be comfortable in the role of co-learner. I recommend you just take this approach anyway. You’ll get used to it and it will open a new world of possibilities for you. It has for me!

For more details and more about the Innisfree Public Library read the full piece “Cultivating a Hacker Ethic: Digital Citizenship at Innisfil Public Library” or their website. You may want sign-up for Crossroads, WebJunction's e-newsletter.

~ Melanie

Photo credit: Innisfil Public Library's website, from their rotating block. November 2014.

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