Sunday, September 03, 2006

School Days! School Days!

Happy Labor Day Greetings--

No sooner than I finished the last three of eleven workshops on library services to older adults for the Texas State Library and Archives then school began! Oh, I'm not going back to school! I am teaching a class on "library services to older adults" online for San Jose State University, School of Library and Information Science.

Many of the students have already done work on the subject in other classes and seem excited to particpate in this one. I have 24 students which I am working with using e-mail and the Blackboard Learning System. We meet one hour each week online as well as post on a discussion board that others in the class can all particpate in. So far--so good!

One of the exercises that I am doing this week at home is to do some dining room and front hall cleaning. You can't imagine the archives that I am finding. Things that I have not seen in years!

Of course, many of you would just toss them away. I am finding so many unique items that relate to the course that I am teaching--I just can't believe it. Having been around for over 25 years in this field gives one a lot of time for gathering.

I spent some time writing my two cents this week on the possible merger of US National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) and the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS). Information about the merger plan can be found at either: or at: My wish is that if the two are to merge that one member either of the "new" IMLS staff or advisory board be knowledgeable in the area of "library services to the elderly," as mandated in the NCLIS Charter. Part of getting involved in this area of library services to older adults is that you become a stakeholder on what happens, especially in Washington, DC! Both NCLIS and IMLS have been "friends" to service to older adults!

Well, that's it for now. If you want to look at the course information at San Jose, you can do that at:

Chat with you soon,


Multitype Librarian said...

Just found your blog after seeing your post on SeniorServ. I hope you will add a site feed to facilitate following your posts. I look forward to them.

cathywong said...

Hi, I am one of the 24 students from Prof. Kleiman's class. I am also, I believe, a boomer. I am in my early 50s but someone told me that I am not a boomer. He said that the term "boomer" is used to refer to Americans only. And since I was born in Hong Kong, I shouldn't call myself a boomer. In any case, I am an older adult. Working in a public library, I am please to see that there are more programs available for older adults. However, there are lots more to do. I look forward to learn more from this class so I can share with my library administrator on library services to older adults.

Jennifer Finlay said...

I am also one of the 220 class students. On Sunday, I attended a class for seniors who had never touched a computer previously at a local branch(I ended up being recruited to help out). It was a fascinating experience. The main things I noticed a very high level of stress and visual and dexterity issues.

I think a key to the stress level is to clearly state that the students cannot break the computers. I've managed a computer network and found by telling my network users this, it relieves some of their fear. A second major component was the physical aspects of using a mouse for the first time and being able to click on html links and objects.

It'd be a good choice to change the universal Microsoft setting to make the File, Edit, Tools, etc. toolbar much larger type. All in all it was a great experience.

The biggest surprise of all was the number of people in the class who had never learned typing.

Marie said...

I'm a 220 student too, and sometimes work with seniors at the library where I'm a paraprofessional. What Jennifer describes really strikes a chord with me. Changing the size of the type is an excellent tip. In the past I used View > Text Size to enlarge type on the Explorer browser. I think the emotional aspect - people feeling stressed or apprehensive - it important too. In addition to the requirement for precise hand-eye coordination, there's the unfamiliarity with user interfaces, which can be really poorly designed in the first place. I’m hoping in the future there will be more Web sites designed specifically with seniors in mind. For example, the US social security homepage is, like many, extremely link intensive, but the front page does have a button for information about how to change the text size.

Cathy Wong said...

Hi Marie, I agree with you on better design webpages for seniors. The NIH Senior Health website is a good example, It allows user to enlarge the text, adjust the light contrast, and has a speech feature. It is a great site.

Brandy said...

In response to Cathy's post about not being a boomer since she was not born in this country, I wonder how often our language is exlusive instead of inclusive? I know that a debate ranges about what to call older folks and at what age one becomes an older folk. Is this debate detrimental? Will this language exclude?

Marie said...

Here’s my annotated booklist for Assignment 2 in 220 (I’m not sure if I’m posting this in the right place). I chose the topic of children’s books on older adults, specifically involving grandparents.

Ada, Alma Flor. I Love Saturdays y Domingos. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002.
A young girl enjoys the similarities and the differences between her English-speaking and Spanish-speaking grandparents.

Berenstain, Stan. The Berenstain Bears and the Giddy Grandma. Random House, 1994.
Sister Bear interviews her grandmother for a school assignment; Gran decides to enter the school talent show with her old vaudeville act; and Gramps moves into the gardening shed.

Brammer, Ethriam Cash. The Rowdy, Rowdy Ranch. PiƱata Books, 2003.
On his first visit to El Rancho Grande in Mexico, a boy hears stories of how his grandfather bought it "for a song."

Czekaj, Jef. Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters. Czekaj Press, 2004.
Julie and her world-famous Grampa engage in endless zany adventures, such as searching for Stephen, the largest shark in the world.

Elliott, Dan. Are We Almost There? Random House, 1987.
Grover (from Jim Henson’s Sesame Street Muppets) wonders all the way to his grandfather’s farm what surprise his grandfather has in store for him, but nothing he imagines is as wonderful as the real surprise.

Eversole, Robyn Harbert. The Gift Stone. Random House, 1998.
Jean, who lives underground in an Australian opal mining town, finds a precious stone large enough to allow her to move into a house with her grandparents.

Fakih, Kimberly Olson. High on the Hog. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1994.
When Trapp's family plans to move from Iowa to New York City, she stays behind on her great-grandparents' farm for the summer and discovers some family secrets that make it easier for her to leave the life she has always known.

Harrison, Troon. The Memory Horse. Tundra, 1999.
A young girl and her grandfather restore and repaint a carousel horse, reminiscing about her grandmother and painting pictures on the horse that remind them of events in her grandmother's life.

Jennings, Patrick. The Ears of Corn: an Ike and Mem Story. Holiday House, 2003.
When Ike and his little sister Mem spend the weekend at their grandparents' farm, they resent all the work they have to do, until they realize that there is more to their visit than doing chores.

Kroll, Steven. Patrick's Tree House. Maxwell Macmillan International, 1994.
When nine-year-old Patrick visits his grandparents in Maine, he finds a surprise - his own tree house! - but soon has to find a way to deal with two troubled boys who have taken it over.

Long, Melinda. When Papa Snores. Simon & Schuster, 2000.
A child describes the increasing intensity of her grandparents' snores. Though annoying, the snores also provide a sense of security.

Sandberg, Inger. Dusty Wants to Borrow Everything. R & S Books, 1988.
Dusty keeps his grandparents on their toes by borrowing all the interesting things in their house, from Grandma’s glasses and Grandpa’s hat to the big kitchen knife.

Watkins, Sherrin. Green Snake Ceremony. Council Oak Books, 1995.
As a young girl and her grandfather try to find the right kind of snake for a special Shawnee ceremony, illustrations show what a nearby green snake thinks about everything.

Whitlock, Susan Love. Donovan Scares the Monsters. Greenwillow Books, 1987.
While visiting his grandparents, Donovan searches for monsters in their house. With his grandparents’ help, he scares them away.

Wright, Betty Ren. Getting Rid of Marjorie. Holiday House, 1981.
Eleven-year-old Emily invents a variety of schemes to get rid of her new step-grandmother since she poses a threat to Emily's close relationship to her grandfather.

Amanda said...

I am also a student in 220-13. Was pleasantly surprised to see that Long Beach Public Library has recently (on last Friday 9/22/06) launched a new website that includes a section specifically geared towards seniors that includes information on the library's large print collection, homebound reader services, the LB senior center and other areas of interest.

Brandy said...

Thanks for your posted booklist Marie; I also did a listing on grandparents, but I don't think we have any duplicated items, which I think is neat :) I include my list below:

Topic: Grandparenting for the 21st Century

*Carlson, Nancy. Hooray for Grandparents’ Day! Viking, 2000.

A children’s book dealing with how older adults can serve as substitute grandparents in the lives of children in their community.

*Hillteman, Carol G. and Daniel R. A Grand Celebration: Grandparents in Poetry. Wordsong, 2002.

Various facets of grandparenthood are celebrated in poetry in this children’s book, from the point of view of children and adults.

*Hickman, Martha Whitmore. Robert Lives with His Grandparents. Albert Whitman & Company, 1995.

More and more grandparents act as parents, raising their children’s children. This children’s book deals with this issue from the child’s point of view.

*University of Hawaii at Manoa Center on Aging. Growing Old in a New Age volume 8: Family and Intergenerational Relationships. The Annenberg/CPB Collection, 1993.

This hour long VHS-format program deals with many aspects of family life as an older person, including marriage, empty-nest syndrome, and grandparenthood.

*Caro, Niki. Whale Rider. NewMarket Films, 2003.

“My grandfather wished in his heart that I had never been born. But he soon changed his mind.” This feature film in DVD format tells the story of the complicated yet loving relationship between a Maori ruler and his granddaughter.

*Carson, Dr. Lillian. The Essential Grandparent: A Guide to Making a Difference. Health Communications, Inc., 1996.

The important and changing role of grandparent in our society is examined in this book by a social worker.

*Truly, Traci. Grandparents’ Rights: Your Legal Guide to Protecting Your Relationship with Your Grandchildren. Sphinx Publishing, 2005.

In an era of divorce, an essential work by a lawyer, with information and blank forms to secure visitation rights and a legal relationship with grandchildren when there may be problems with your relationship with the grandchild’s parent(s).

*LeShan, Eda. Grandparenting in a Changing World. Recorded Books LLC, 2000.

An audio book in cassette form, this work by a family counselor discusses what is timeless and what has changed in grandparenting today, with an emphasis on the unconditional love a grandparent is in the best position to provide.

*The Mother Connection. Homespun Fun. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2003.

A host of ideas abound in this book of activities to do with your grandchildren.

*Williams, Julie. Escaping Tornado Season: a story in poems. HarperTempest, 2004.

This young adult work describes the new life of a teenage girl sent to live with her grandparents after her father dies, when her mother cannot handle her new situation.

*Gardam, Jane. Faith Fox. Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1996.

This novel tells the story of a girl raised by her community, including her paternal grandparents, after her mother dies in childbirth and she is rejected by her father and maternal grandmother.

Linda said...

Finally, I think I'm in the blogspot! Horray. I'm a student In Prof. Kleiman's class as well as library worker. Here is my posting for assignment #2. My subject is Aging in America. I looked at two other library systems, besides the one I work in to see what items are ordered and used in public libraries. I hope it proves useful to others.

Pathfinder for Growing Older in America

Anderson, Norman. Emotional longevity: what really determines how long you live. Penguin. 2003.

Dr. Anderson, first associate director of National Institutes of Health (NIH), takes a look at scientifically proven connections between biology and emotional well- being and shows how you can live better and longer.

Cohen, Gene. The Mature Mind: the positive power of the aging. Perseus Books Group, 2006.

Psychiatrist Cohen draws from latest studies of aging brain and mind by introducing the concept of developmental intelligence which encompasses four phases of psychological development in mature life. He illustrates that older brains can learn new things and that the brain and mental capacity continue to grow throughout life.

Dychtwald, Ken. Age Power. Jeremy P. Tarcher. 1999.

Dychtwald, a leading authority on aging answers a multitude of questions regarding new life stages, finances, boomers caring for aging parents, and the capacity of government resources to distribute democratically, long term care issues, and an overview of new products, services and marketing that will emerge in the near future.

Fotuhi, Majid. The Memory Cure: How to protect your brain against memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. McGraw-Hill. 2003.

Dr. Fotuhi, a neurologist and memory expert presents a groundbreaking book which details a highly effective plan for improving memory, preventing memory loss and protecting your brain against Alzheimer’s disease.

Gillick, Muriel. The Denial of aging: perpetual youth, eternal life, and other dangerous fantasies. Harvard University Press, 2006.

A practical and realistic approach to aging presented by a Harvard physician who shares personal anecdotes and stories taken from files of her practice. She discusses a new approach to urgent or acute care that provides a compassionate support to our elderly.

Henry, Stella Mora. The Eldercare Handbook. HarperCollins, 2006.

In a time when 10 million Americans currently need long-term care, this helpful guide will navigate readers through daunting logistics and powerful emotions of making care decisions for an elderly parent or loved one. Discusses the ten red flags to watch for, redefining sibling roles, caregiver burnout, assisted living and sorting through the maze of Medicare, Medigap and Medical programs.

Loverde, Joy. The Complete eldercare planner. Three Rivers Press. 2000.

A comprehensive guide to the caregiver that includes effective planning, communication, emergency preparedness, money & legal matters, insurance, housing, transportation, health and wellness, quality of life and documents. Includes list of organizations, websites, and Action Checklists.

Miller, Jim. The Savvy Senior: the ultimate guide to health, family and finances for senior citizens. Hyperion. 2004.

Miller, a syndicated columnist, answers questions about social security issues, Medicare, estate and retirement planning, health issues, caregiving, and grandparenting. Checklists, resources and charts are featured in this informative and helpful guide.

National Institute on Aging. Fitness over Fifty. Healthy Living Books. 2003.

Practical advice is given to encourage older people to remain active by staying healthy and independent in four different areas: endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. This illustrated text includes safety tips, ways to get and stay motivated, tips on nutrition and healthy eating.

Pipher, Mary. Another Country: navigating the emotional terrain of our elders. Riverhead Books. 1999.

Pipher, a psychologists helps readers comes to terms with aging relatives in bridging the communication gap by way of sharing hopeful, poignant and moving stories of real children and adults in their seventies, eighties and nineties.

Weil, Andrew. Healthy Aging. Alfred A. Knoptf. 2005.

Dr. Weil provides informative, practical and uplifting information on how the body ages and the impact of gender, genes, environment and lifestyle on an individual’s experience and perception of the process of aging. Practice advice is given on diet, exercise, preventive health care, stress management, physical, mental and emotional flexibility which can help one achieve and maintain the best health throughout the process of aging.

Jessica Herdina said...

Hello, i'm also a LIBR 220 student. Although i'm not an older adult myself, I do work in a public library and assist older adults and I'm taking this class so I can learn ways to better serve the older adult community. My library does not currently have a department or librarian devoted to older adult services, but I hope after this class I will be able to convince them to devote more programs and services to older adults.