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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

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