INCG Blog- The elephant in the room: A call for critical gerontology in librarianship

Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Nicole Dalmer is a fourth year PhD Candidate in the Library and Information Science program within The University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies.

While public libraries are uniquely poised to support Canada’s aging population, services for and research about children and teens have historically been overemphasized in library-related education and research, inevitably displacing services and research dedicated to older adults. Public libraries have a great potential to serve as environments for reflection and dialogue on aging by presenting and interpreting representations of age and aging and by stimulating conversations about their meaning and relevance. For this to happen, however, library staff, researchers, and professionals should be encouraged and challenged to integrate a critical gerontology lens into their research and practice. 

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