Library services for adults in the 21st century

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Library Services for Adults in the 21st Century by Elsie Okobi

Public librarians are directly responsible for providing a large proportion of the American population with access to the Internet and guidance in obtaining important government information. Effectively servicing todays adult library users is already a pressing need, and will only become a larger priority as the nations population ages.



Library Services for Adults in the 21st Century is for library science students interested in working with adults in public libraries. As the first text dedicated to adult library services to be published since 1991, this title has been sorely needed and much anticipated. This book will provide a model for training public librarians for the specific challenges of providing adult services. Part I provides a survey of the history and development of adult services. Part II addresses planning and tools for service development. Part III examines the different types of services for adults and best practices, while Part IV presents training methods.
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America's Libraries for the 21st Century

AL21C was sunset in The work of the program was conducted by a number of individuals with knowledge of academic, school, public, and other kinds of libraries, as well as expertise in an array of disciplines and professions beyond the library community. In addition to the core team, the program consulted with subject matter experts and experienced practitioners from the various ALA units; the library community at large; and entities outside of the library community in academia, industry, government, and the nonprofit sector. The program's work was funded by ALA and private foundations. The AL21C Subcommittee solicited nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology. These nominations, showcasing libraries serving their communities with novel and innovative methods, are listed below. Skip to main content.

Public librarians are directly responsible for providing a large proportion of the American population with access to the Internet and guidance in obtaining important government information. Effectively servicing today's adult library users is already a pressing need, and will only become a larger priority as the nation's population ages. Library Services for Adults in the 21st Century is for library science students interested in working with adults in public libraries. As the first text dedicated to adult library services to be published since , this title has been sorely needed and much anticipated. This book will provide a model for training public librarians for the specific challenges of providing adult services. Part I provides a survey of the history and development of adult services.

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The report presents the results from a year-long national forum and ongoing discussion about the specific library needs of young adults. Since the OITP Advisory Committee first discussed youth and technology issues in , the committee has had a special interest in examining the issues faced by youth and librarians in our technology-saturated society. Our focus thus far has been on learning more about how teens use technology for education and the impacts of filtering on educational opportunity. We look forward to reading the report in the context of how youth interact with various technologies such as devices, online information, and content creation platforms and the resulting policy implications. Census data shows a decline in the non-Hispanic white child population while subgroups including children of mixed races, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islanders, are on the incline. Public and school libraries need to rise to the challenge and adapt service models that better prepare current and pre-service librarians for work in this changing landscape. The solution?

4 thoughts on “Library Services for Adults in the 21st Century by Elsie Okobi

  1. "[T]his book will help the 21st-century public librarian in developing and implementing adult services that address the composition, diversity, and needs of .

  2. Library Services for Adults in the 21st Century. by Elsie A. Rogers Halliday Okobi. "Lifelong learning" isn't just a pleasant catch phrase used in community.

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