are older customers, which is offered to customers virtually all hours the library is open. At present we do not have specific plans to change this service,although we will shortly be further promotion of the home delivery service.
This comment highlights a certainty and confidence about the services already beingprovided.
We will be updating our library system later this year and are planning a number of online R A initiatives including author lists, suggested reads and book groups.We also intend producing more book marks and reading guides. Many of thesewill be of interest to older age groups but we have no plans to target specific agegroups.We combine all groups and pay no attention to the age of our RA customers.We are concerned with individuals.
In one way these next two comments are great as they describe readers’ advisoryservices as being inclusive, but it also does not take into account much diversity. Thediversity may not be clustering by age, but by reading interests, but this still needs toaccount for a diversity of formats. For example current science fiction readers do nothave many possibilities for continuing reading in this area of interest once they becomelarge print readers, unless they read e-books. They have only slightly better prospectsif they listen to talking books (in any format). Graphic novels have not made it intolarge print either. There are very limited options in large print or spoken word for people who read languages other than English. There are issues of equity based onreading preferences which need to be addressed.
As far as I know, there is nothing being done to attract anyone of this age,except my group, which was not by conscious design. RA is so backward here......
This comment presents a different perspective.For the purposes of the survey I divided older adults into three groups. 55 – 65 year olds which is broadly leading edge baby boomers, fit over 65 year olds and frail over 65year olds. I divided the older readers into fit and frail as there are some servicedelivery differences depending on how agile and robust the reader is, while therequirements of finding interesting reading and possibly engaging with other readersremain much the same regardless of age.The first group, the 55 – 65 year olds is the most contentious, not least because of theeleven year clustering. This age group begs the question at what age does onebecome an older adult. I will leave the detail of this to others as it is not actuallyimportant to the ideas I am discussing. I think that sometimes an older adult is any ageolder than the people involved in the discussion as we are never the older adults beingtalked about.In looking at the survey results I realised that I probably could have had anycombination of age categories mentioned and not received significantly differentresults. From a review of literature as well as observation it would seem that muchreaders’ advisory work (other than some targeting children and young adults) does nottarget specific age groups or agilities. The results of my survey were no different and Ithink this highlighted a broader issue. People may not be targeting specific age groupsin the readers advisory work which is being done (other than the earlier mentioned