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Retirees and older people are increasingly important clients for public libraries.
The importance of services for older people
Communities throughout New South Wales are facing a growing ‘age wave’ due to he increase in life expectancy and larger numbers of older peole as the baby boomewrs retire. By 2031, it is anticipated that there will be over 1.8 million people aged 65 and over, and more than 1.5 million aged 50 to 64. (NSW Ageing Strategy).
The impact of a greatly increased proportion of older people in local communities is an important consideration in library planning, facility design, resourcing, programming and services, marketing strategies, the development of strategic partnerships, and staffing.
Public Library Services provides state-wide consultancy and advice on library services for older people to library staff and local government.
Join the olderpeople elist, for staff who are involved in providing services to older people, including home library services.
For more information, contact Public Library Services
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Selected resources for librarians working with older people include:
- Active engaged valued: Older people and New South Wales public libraries, 2006 (PDF 441Kb)
- Recource for Ageing Population Planning 2.0 (RAPP) Local Government NSW
- Statistical Local Area Population Projections, 2007 to 2027, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
- Supporting older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- NSW Ageing Strategy