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/wor...
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://...
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 mil...
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...
“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 t...
“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 th...
“If I don't have enough time and energy
         to do both blog-writing
            and book-writing,
   then I will sacr...
Another case study (from Siva the Otterman):


“… old boy started an email art of a
series that would chronicle stories
of...
“Many subscribers were a little
uncomfortable with the Internet at the
time, and he calmed their fears. He
patiently exami...
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
     ...
“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”

    -...
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 Sh...
“… 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
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  1. 1. Davis Forum, Spring 2008: Digital Literacy 14 Feb 2008 Part 3 of 3 Ivan Chew www.nlb.gov.sg
  2. 2. I am a librarian from Singapore
  3. 3. link
  4. 4. My personal reasons for Blogging S’pore public library’s digital experiments Senior Citizens & Blogging
  5. 5. Question
  6. 6. Describe how Chicken tastes like
  7. 7. So... What is New Media?
  8. 8. How to you explain it to senior citizens?
  9. 9. If you’ve not tasted chicken…
  10. 10. … how would you know what chicken tastes like?
  11. 11. United Nations Population Division 2002, World Population Ageing: 1950-2050, http://www.globalaging.org/ruralaging/world/ageingo.htm
  12. 12. population ageing is a global phenomenon
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Singapore one of the fastest ageing population in Asia
  15. 15. Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, S’pore About Elderly: The Ageing Population (2007) http://app.mcys.gov.sg/web/indv_abtageing.asp
  16. 16. by the year 2030 1 in every 5 persons will be over 60
  17. 17. 3-year Silver Infocomm Initiative Intelligent Nation 2015 masterplan
  18. 18. 75% of all senior citizens aged 55 years and above to gain access to the internet within 2 years S$2.5 million
  19. 19. Courtesy of Coolinsights.blogspot.com
  20. 20. Courtesy of Lam Chun See
  21. 21. challenges senior citizens social media
  22. 22. Case studies
  23. 23. “not keen to share their stories They are very private”
  24. 24. From his experience in teaching senior citzens to use email: “SCWO IT Hub is a success 100% students use email”
  25. 25. “many of them have children and grandchildren overseas they can communicate faster by email than snail mail”
  26. 26. “In addition, they can attach photos and videos”
  27. 27. So why did my 72-year old cousin start blogging?
  28. 28. “Initially I wanted to share the family story with you via email so that you can blog the correct version”
  29. 29. “Furthermore, I did not know how to blog then”
  30. 30. “Thanks to your encouragement, I decided to blog about my life story and later to continue with the correct family story”
  31. 31. “I shall contiue to blog as long as I can”
  32. 32. “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”
  33. 33. “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”
  34. 34. “If I don't have enough time and energy to do both blog-writing and book-writing, then I will sacrifice the blogging”
  35. 35. 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”
  36. 36. “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…”
  37. 37. seniors are willing to share info, even private/ sensitive ones
  38. 38. “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
  39. 39. “But they need to get comfortable with each other before sharing…” - Lim Hwa Shan, Librarian, Services To Seniors
  40. 40. “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
  41. 41. young adults + Seniors
  42. 42. “IG relationships takes time to build…” - Lim Hwa Shan, Librarian, Services To Seniors
  43. 43. “the young (particularly pre-teens) are interested in what their grandparents have to say…” - Lim Hwa Shan, Librarian, Services To Seniors
  44. 44. “… as long as they are words of wisdom and not nagging” - Lim Hwa Shan, Librarian, Services To Seniors
  45. 45. senior citizens + social media
  46. 46. Why bother?
  47. 47. Value Meaning
  48. 48. Learn about history from people who lived it
  49. 49. concluding remarks
  50. 50. My personal reasons for Blogging S’pore public library’s digital experiments Senior Citizens & Blogging
  51. 51. social media expanded roles for libraries & librarians
  52. 52. Now…
  53. 53. Library Website Catalogue Books Loan Record librarians Library Locations
  54. 54. The way forward (?)
  55. 55. Librarians books Digital Ideas & Print resources People
  56. 56. Librarians don’t necessarily need to blog
  57. 57. but we need to understand the culture/ medium
  58. 58. not difficult to participate
  59. 59. even if Librarians don’t have a blog
  60. 60. Do the Simplest Thing Possible
  61. 61. we should comment
  62. 62. “Digital literacy” + librarians
  63. 63. enhance our abilities to serve
  64. 64. using digital media + ability to engage create
  65. 65. Thank you I’ll see you in the Blogosphere
  66. 66. Part 3 of 3 ivanchew@nlb.gov.sg ask@nlb.gov.sg RamblingLibrarian@gmail.com ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com

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