Adults over the age of 55 constitute some of the most engaged and frequent users of public libraries. They may also be the most misunderstood. As Baby Boomers continue to swell their ranks, behaviour and trends in older adults have changed dramatically in the last ten years-and most literature on this topic is hopelessly out of date. Schull, co-editor of Boomers and Beyond, helps improve the situation by:Presenting over a dozen case studies of public library programs for older adults, spotlighting best practices that can be applied at other institutionsDetailing a four-year program, presented by the Lifelong Access Libraries National Leadership Institute, that trains librarians to meet the needs of people over the age of 50Discussing issues such as creativity, health, financial planning, heritage and planning, and intergenerational activities from the over-50 perspective, laying out the trends and implications for librariesIncluding samples of materials that illustrate new approaches to policies, staffing, programs, services, partnerships, and publicityContaining the keys to reshaping library services for older adults, Schull's book ought to be in the collection of every public library.
Diantha Dow Schull established DDSchull Associates to provide advisory services to libraries, museums and foundations on programme development, organisational planning, grant-making and fundraising. Formerly she was President of Libraries for the Future (aka Americans for Libraries Council) where she designed and directed the Lifelong Access Libraries initiative and other national library development programs. Prior to joining LFF, Schull was Executive Director of the French-American Foundation, Director of Exhibitions and Education at the New York Public Library, Director of Interpretive Programs at the Library of Congress, and Assistant Director of the Museum Aid Program of the New York State Council on the Arts. Schull is a recognised expert in fund development and a sought after speaker for conferences and professional training. She serves as a member of the Board of the Connecticut Humanities Council and is Preservation Advisor to the Town of Southbury, CT. She holds a Master's Degree in Museum Studies from the State University of New York and is the author of numerous articles on cultural institutions including "Public Libraries: Places for Renewal" in Aging Today, a publication of the American Society on Aging (July 2003) and The Civic Library: A Model for 21st Century Participation in Advances in Librarianship (Vol 28, 2004).