Cyber Seniors: More Options for Lifelong Learning
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Research shows lifelong learning is vitally important in the Athens, GA area. National publications recognize this as an ideal place to retire because of educational and cultural opportunities. The demographics show an 18% Baby Boomer population growing.
How does technology change the way Baby Boomers and other older adults participate in library/museum sponsored life-long learning programs?
Partners, Athens Clarke County Library and Lyndon House Arts Center, explored this question in an IMLS National Leadership Grant, The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning.
Project highlights include:
• Programs attended in three ways: traditional onsite audience, online webinar-style, and 24/7 access to the archived programs from the project website.
• A website to promote and archive programs, http://boomersinathens.org
• A 12 member “Baby Boomer” advisory board to guide the project and create programming.
• Community Snapshots, including Vietnam Veteran interviews, suggested and created by area baby boomers and other older adults.
• Yearly community-wide events and exhibitions on themes popular with area baby boomers.
• Professional evaluator to collect audience responses, observe, and write evaluation reports.
The ALA poster session will provide photos from the variety of programs, events and exhibitions; graphs comparing modes of attendance and other findings; sample evaluation forms, and a live tour of the website.
Evaluation is conducted regularly by assessment professional, Dr. Dottie Harnish, who reports findings quarterly using statistics and informal survey results.