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My blog: Senior Friendly Libraries
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Facebook: Isabelle Fetherston

RefLibrarian's Blog

How e-books can benefit older adults and how libraries can help

As people age, their vision is not as good as it was. Many people start

to struggle to read regular print books, magazines, and newspapers.

Ironically, just when they gain the time to read, they find out that

there are very few books available to them and some find that their

arthritis prevents them from using large print editions.

E-books that can be read on a small e-book reader could be the solution to

these problems. Libraries can promote the use of e-books… Continue

Posted on December 12, 2007 at 8:03am

Vote for "Librarians Matter" in the library category of the 2008 Edublog Awards

Kathryn Greenhill's wonderful blog "Librarians Matter"
has been nominated for the "Librarian blog" category of the 2008 Edublog
awards. Please take the time to vote for her blog!

Posted on November 27, 2007 at 8:47am — 2 Comments

Defending Genre Fiction

I recently posted an article on the Teleread blog describing the benefits of popular fiction. The article is "Why libraries should offer popular fiction—in both print and

e-book formats
". Stephen Abram's reaction and comments about this post can be read on his blog, here. I think that we have a hard time promoting Library 2.0, when some people do… Continue

Posted on August 13, 2007 at 10:16am — 2 Comments

Senior Friendly Libraries Blog

I have just started a blog called Senior-Friendly Libraries. The purpose of this blog is to provide

resources for librarians including: research on aging as it influences

library services, library research on "older adults", incorporating

Library 2.0 features for "older adults", and examples of successful

"older adult" library services and programs. In addition, I hope to


Posted on May 24, 2007 at 1:19pm — 6 Comments

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At 8:34am on March 3, 2008, Kevin Griffith said…
Welcome to the PCLS, Isabelle! We're thrilled that you've joined us.
At 12:54am on February 1, 2008, Dennis McMullen said…
I played with my buddies Kindle today. Liked it a lot, pretty straight forward, intuitive for me, probably not for a greatest gen. The keyboard is small and would probably be difficult to navigate with arthritic hands. I distinctly remember teaching a senior to use a mouse once. She had very bad arthritis. Her index finger knuckle was pointing at the left click button but her finger was bent all the way over to the middle of her hand. When she clicked she was right clicking.
At 1:57pm on January 30, 2008, Dennis McMullen said…
Hi Isabelle. I enjoy reading seniorfriendlylibraries and found your atricle on Teleread about ebook readers possibly being the next LT format intriguing. My question from a very practical perspective is, will seniors be able to deal with the technology? I teach computer classes to seniors and I spend a lot of time at the reference desk (plus my own parents are in their 80's). So many issues, vision, arthritis, plus the difficulty of the technology. I look forward to reading more of the Teleread blog. I just got started.
At 10:03am on December 4, 2007, Kathryn Greenhill said…
Hi Isabelle. Big Thank You for the heads up about the Edublog nomination. I'm really excited about it and hope that I can get to the awards ceremony in Second Life at Jokaydia on 8 December.
At 11:55am on November 30, 2007, Ann Bell said…
I appreciate your passion for services to seniors. Too often it is an overlooked field in librarianship. Because of my interest in the area, I have published a series of eight novels that were republished in two volumes as "Montana" and "Montana Skies" by Barbour Press. Thorndike Press republished them in large print format. The last four are available on their website as:

Compassionate Love: The Legacy of Faith and Love Continues Bell‚ Ann 9780786292455
Love Remembered: The Legacy of Faith and Love Continues Bell‚ Ann 9780786295258
Love Abounds: The Legacy of Faith and Love Continues Bell‚ Ann 9780786297740

Healing Love: The Legacy of Faith and Love Continues Bell‚ Ann 9780786291366

Thanks for adding me on your list.
At 2:56pm on November 25, 2007, Karen Ganske said…
I enjoyed my first look at your blog. We have never had services for seniors, other than sending collections to retirement homes and large print books. This year we had a booth at our local senior faire and made up a flyer about library services for the event. Seniors certainly make up a good part of our avid readers and loyal supporters. I'll be following your blog as we plan for expended services in a new building!
At 12:11pm on November 25, 2007, Florence Paisey said…
Hi there,
I'm not sure if we've met in classes at FSU. I finished my MLS there a few years ago and will complete the Ed.S. in information science this Dec.

While I don't recall meeting, I am an animal person -- if I had my career to do over again, I'd probably study animal behavior -- I see you with a horse in your photo. Some of my most pleasant memories are of riding. I don't ride in S. FL as the weather is so warm -- I don't feel good about running a horse in heated conditions. My experience in riding was mostly in England where is is perpetually cool, so cantoring across fields was a delight -- both the horse and I loved it.

I'm now a musuem archivist or will be after the degree is awarded and I finish some research.

It's good to meet you.

Kind regards,
Florence Paisey
At 9:03am on November 15, 2007, Lisa Kreutter said…
Thanks for adding me.
At 2:51pm on November 11, 2007, Luis Interiano said…
Hi Isabelle,

Thanks for the add. I'm halfway through the program at the LSU School of Library & Information Science, Baton Rouge, La., focusing on Public Librarianship. LIS is a second career for me after jobs in several fields, none of which were related to my English Lit. undergrad degree.

I see you are also here from another field, biology. And that you're also a public librarian & interested in integrating technology into librarianship. Good. Glad to meet you.
At 12:11pm on November 6, 2007, Kristie said…
Hey Isabelle,

Thanks for the add! I'm glad to make your acquaintance.

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