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The third annual Lifelong Access Libraries Institute in Chapel Hill, NC will be held July 27th-30th and I will be attending as LFF Staff!

The 2008 Lifelong Access Libraries Institute, an initiative of Libraries for the Future is aimed at causing fundamental change in how public libraries define, create, and deliver their services to active older adults, a segment of the population that is growing rapidly across the nation. The 2008 Institute will focus primarily on three areas:

* Concepts and research underlying new approaches to working with midlife and older adults and the opportunities for lifelong learning and civic engagement;

* Promising practices in library services, including the Lifelong Access framework for new older adult services and Stories from the Field from past Fellows; and

* Leadership and skills in community librarianship.

Lifelong Access Libraries is a multi-year, national initiative that aims at transforming library services for older adults with opportunities for active learning, creative exploration, and meaningful civic engagement. Lifelong Access is based on an understanding of older adults as resources for their communities and offers an alternative to the predominant deficit-based model of aging. The initiative is a project of Libraries for the Future (formerly known as Americans for Libraries Council), in collaboration with the Institute on Aging and the School of Information Science at North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is made possible by a generous grant from Atlantic Philanthropies. The 3 day Institute will be held at UNC’s Wilson Library and Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

POST SCRIPT: Please take advantage of checking out curriculum materials from the 2008 Institute posted on the Lifelong Access Libraries website!

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