Library Dementia Services: How to Meet the Needs of the Alzheimer's Community

Timothy J. Dickey
Columbus Metropolitan Libraries; Kent State University iSchool; San José State University iSchool, USA


Product Details
Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781838676940
Published:
28 Feb 2020
Publisher:
Emerald Publishing Limited
Dimensions:
187 pages - 129 x 198mm
There are 50 million people globally living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and tens of millions further who are their caregivers. As a public service, it is important that library and information professionals learn to serve and assist those with dementia.  

Designed for seasoned professionals and library science students alike, this book first presents a complete overview of the spectrum disease known as Alzheimer’s dementia, as well as a basic understanding of the information needs of dementia caregivers. It then explores best practices, guidelines, and concrete ideas for serving those with dementia and their caregivers, including:  
  • Customer service and communication, with evidence-based suggestions for working with this population;
  • Information resources to best meet the reference needs of the community, as grounded in LIS user studies and health informatics; 
  • Collection development for ongoing and appropriate mental and social stimulation of those experiencing cognitive decline; and 
  • Programming ideas for both communities, with a wide variety of focus and content. 
Lifelong learning, mental stimulation, and social connections are central to libraries’ core mission. Readers, both from library and information science and in related social services and social sciences disciplines, will gain a comprehensive toolkit for service both to those in cognitive decline and their caregivers, meeting the needs of both communities with thoughtful and innovative practices.
Preface 
1. Knowing your Users: Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias, and Caregivers 
2. Library Customer Service and Communication for the Dementia Community 
3. Reference and Information Services for the Dementia Community 
4. Collection Development for the Dementia Community 
5. Programming for Dementia and Dementia Caregivers 
Conclusions 
References 
Index
Timothy J. Dickey is a librarian and library science educator. He is currently an Adult Services Librarian with the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and teaches on the faculties of Kent State University, San José State University, and the Catholic University of America. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). His research interest in dementia services stems in part from his personal experience of Alzheimer’s caregiving.

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