Baby Boomers and Public Library Engagement

By Maria A. Pacino.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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Published online: June 6, 2017 $US5.00

Baby boomers, who make up approximately 30 percent of the United States population, are a diverse 55+ generation born between 1945 and 1965. Libraries in the twenty-first century need to find effective ways of reaching out to a growing baby boomer generation, not only in providing resources and services but also in including these patrons in volunteering activities. Public libraries in democratic, pluralistic societies have a responsibility to create welcoming community environments that engage baby boomers as they seek access to information, services and programming, and opportunities for volunteerism and multigenerational civic engagement.

Keywords: Boomers, Libraries, Services, Technology, Volunteerism

The International Journal of Aging and Society, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.17-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 6, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 633.995KB)).

Dr. Maria A. Pacino

Chair, Professor, Department of Library and Information Studies, University Libraries, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, USA