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Ageism Or, Age Discrimination


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Ageism Or, Age Discrimination

  1. 1. AGEISM Or, Age Discrimination Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow LIS590SJL – UIUC GSLIS, Spring 2014 February 28, 2014
  2. 2. AGE DISCRIMINATION DEFINED • Grouping, categorizing and valuing an age group/range over others • i.e., “Young” vs. “Old” • Annoyed Librarian column (01/06/14). Library Journal ( • U.S. Federal law: Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967(ADEA); age is protected = 40 and ↑ • Recent literature focus: young, new hires vs. older library staff (Chu, 2009)
  3. 3. LIBRARY SERVICES TO PATRONS • Services for seniors and the elderly (Servon, 2002) • Developing collections – large print, book-club materials • Developing services and events – technology-oriented courses, outreach (bookmobiles, home deliveries), game nights • Deeply connected to issues of mobility and disability • Services for children and youth • Developing collections – toys, games, even video games • Developing services and events – school-oriented, leisureoriented, aspiration-oriented
  4. 4. LIBRARY PERSONNEL • Challenges, Issues (Chu, 2009) • Stereotypes • Access to opportunities • Job dissatisfaction (young) • Burnout, “retirement in place” (young, older)
  5. 5. RESOURCES Chu, M. (2009). Ageism in academic librarianship. Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, 10(2). Retrieved: Annoyed Librarian. (2014, January 06). Older and younger librarians and jobs. Library Journal. Retrieved: