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On "Senior Citizens & Blogging". Davies Forum Speaker Series - http://silverinsf.blogspot.com/2008/02/davies-forum-speaker-series-ivan-chew.html ...

On "Senior Citizens & Blogging". Davies Forum Speaker Series - http://silverinsf.blogspot.com/2008/02/davies-forum-speaker-series-ivan-chew.html

See also: http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com/2008/02/speaking-at-usf-part-8-slides.html

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    Davies Forum Spring 2008: Ivan Chew 14 Feb, Part 3 Of 3 Davies Forum Spring 2008: Ivan Chew 14 Feb, Part 3 Of 3 Presentation Transcript

    • Davis Forum, Spring 2008: Digital Literacy 14 Feb 2008 Part 3 of 3 Ivan Chew www.nlb.gov.sg
    • I am a librarian from Singapore
    • link
    • My personal reasons for Blogging S’pore public library’s digital experiments Senior Citizens & Blogging
    • Question
    • Describe how Chicken tastes like
    • So... What is New Media?
    • How to you explain it to senior citizens?
    • If you’ve not tasted chicken…
    • … how would you know what chicken tastes like?
    • United Nations Population Division 2002, World Population Ageing: 1950-2050, http://www.globalaging.org/ruralaging/world/ageingo.htm
    • population ageing is a global phenomenon
    • by the year 2050 1 in every 5 persons will be 60 or older 1 in every 6 will be at least 65 or older
    • Singapore one of the fastest ageing population in Asia
    • Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, S’pore About Elderly: The Ageing Population (2007) http://app.mcys.gov.sg/web/indv_abtageing.asp
    • by the year 2030 1 in every 5 persons will be over 60
    • 3-year Silver Infocomm Initiative Intelligent Nation 2015 masterplan
    • 75% of all senior citizens aged 55 years and above to gain access to the internet within 2 years S$2.5 million
    • Courtesy of Coolinsights.blogspot.com
    • Courtesy of Lam Chun See
    • challenges senior citizens social media
    • Case studies
    • “not keen to share their stories They are very private”
    • From his experience in teaching senior citzens to use email: “SCWO IT Hub is a success 100% students use email”
    • “many of them have children and grandchildren overseas they can communicate faster by email than snail mail”
    • “In addition, they can attach photos and videos”
    • So why did my 72-year old cousin start blogging?
    • “Initially I wanted to share the family story with you via email so that you can blog the correct version”
    • “Furthermore, I did not know how to blog then”
    • “Thanks to your encouragement, I decided to blog about my life story and later to continue with the correct family story”
    • “I shall contiue to blog as long as I can”
    • “I find it quite challenging as it is not only the recollection of my memories but also to do research to get the facts right”
    • “My dream is to see a kid reading one of my books while he/ she is waiting for the school-bus. At home, he/ she shows the book's pictures/ stamps to his/her dialect-speaking grandparents. Anyway, after the book is published I would be glad to have it digitised (scanned) and posted on Retrievia”
    • “If I don't have enough time and energy to do both blog-writing and book-writing, then I will sacrifice the blogging”
    • Another case study (from Siva the Otterman): “… old boy started an email art of a series that would chronicle stories of old and also relate fresh news of our alumni and schools… was introduced to yahoogroups nine years ago”
    • “Many subscribers were a little uncomfortable with the Internet at the time, and he calmed their fears. He patiently examined problems that arose over the years. 977 messages and we're still counting…”
    • seniors are willing to share info, even private/ sensitive ones
    • “they talked about death, grief and healing, these are openly shared in their group discussions, and several cried during the process” - Lim Hwa Shan, Librarian, Services To Seniors
    • “But they need to get comfortable with each other before sharing…” - Lim Hwa Shan, Librarian, Services To Seniors
    • “social interaction is one of the key motivators in sustaining their active participation in any of the activities” - Lim Hwa Shan, Librarian, Services To Seniors
    • young adults + Seniors
    • “IG relationships takes time to build…” - Lim Hwa Shan, Librarian, Services To Seniors
    • “the young (particularly pre-teens) are interested in what their grandparents have to say…” - Lim Hwa Shan, Librarian, Services To Seniors
    • “… as long as they are words of wisdom and not nagging” - Lim Hwa Shan, Librarian, Services To Seniors
    • senior citizens + social media
    • Why bother?
    • Value Meaning
    • Learn about history from people who lived it
    • concluding remarks
    • My personal reasons for Blogging S’pore public library’s digital experiments Senior Citizens & Blogging
    • social media expanded roles for libraries & librarians
    • Now…
    • Library Website Catalogue Books Loan Record librarians Library Locations
    • The way forward (?)
    • Librarians books Digital Ideas & Print resources People
    • Librarians don’t necessarily need to blog
    • but we need to understand the culture/ medium
    • not difficult to participate
    • even if Librarians don’t have a blog
    • Do the Simplest Thing Possible
    • we should comment
    • “Digital literacy” + librarians
    • enhance our abilities to serve
    • using digital media + ability to engage create
    • Thank you I’ll see you in the Blogosphere
    • Part 3 of 3 ivanchew@nlb.gov.sg ask@nlb.gov.sg RamblingLibrarian@gmail.com ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com