Thursday, September 8, 2016

What's New in BadgerLearn Pro: Resources for Library Services to Older Adults

What is your library doing to provide the best services and programs to your community's older adults? Check out these 5 resources that were added to BadgerLearn Pro recently, and check back often for more great free continuing education & professional development resources for your library staff.

Digital Skills for Older Adults: Teaching Technology in Public Libraries
from TechSoup for Libraries
Does your library offer technology assistance to older adults? Do you teach computer classes for seniors? Are patrons bringing in tablets and other devices that have been given to them by grandchildren? Recent research from the Pew Institute shows that only 59% of older adults go online. This webinar shows how libraries can help older adults adopt technology in meaningful ways for communication, lifelong learning, and entertainment.

Elder Tech
from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
Technology has the potential to enrich older patrons' lives. This webinar highlights strategies for teaching technology to senior citizens. In recent years, devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones have made content available to library patrons who are unable to read traditional print sources, and can help to reduce the isolation experienced by the homebound population. 

Engaging With Boomers
from Illuminage
This briefing features panelists discussing four areas related to boomers and community-based programs and services for older adults: understanding Boomers and their programming preferences; how one center is getting ready for the “Age Shift” through community collaborations; efforts to re-brand and renew senior centers; and the role teams play in mobilizing professional 50+ volunteers.

How to Market Your Large Print Collection
from Booklist
Is your library making the most out of its Large Print collection? Want to leverage your existing investment in those titles to bring in new readers and boost circulation? Find out how! Large Print books are an important part of any circulating collection, and they have great appeal to a range of readers. Learn how to get the most out of your collection and build awareness of the format as well. Led by four expert librarians, this webinar delivers practical tips, proven techniques, and overall strategies that have been field tested.

Helping Seniors Avoid Fraud, Scams, and Identity Theft
from Illuminage
In this session, Ramsey Alwin, the Vice President for Economic Security at the National Council on Aging, provides tips on helping seniors avoid scams.

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Written by: Gail Murray, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning