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Revitalizing Senior Services

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Directors Row 5

Seniors are a vital part of the communities that public libraries serve, but reaching these groups presents unique challenges. This session will outline projects initiated at the Moore and Southwest Oklahoma City Public Libraries that have revitalized the relationship between the library and seniors. The presenters will start with a brief history of senior services at their libraries, discussing both what has and has not worked in the past. For example, they will discuss rotating book collections at senior living centers and the recent move to using individual rather than institutional library accounts. They will describe the evolution of outreach to seniors, including technology help visits, healthy cooking classes, estate planning programs, and partnering with senior meal delivery services to get homebound seniors signed up for books-by-mail. Additionally, they will address how to evaluate the success of senior services and the effectiveness of changes. The session will conclude with a list of resources for programming, services, and partnerships.

Presented by: Jessica Givens and A.J. Soliven
Sponsored by: Public Libraries Division
Designed for: Public libraries
Areas of interest: Adult services, Programming

Jessica Givens


Jessica Givens is a Library Associate in Information Services at the Southwest Oklahoma City branch of the Pioneer Library System, where she works closely with local senior centers to provide services to seniors in the community. She has worked in libraries for thirteen years, both academic and public, including access services, cataloging, and reference. Prior to her current position, she was the director of the Robert A. Frost Memorial Library in Limestone, Maine, where she coordinated programs for both children and adults. She graduated with her MLIS from UCLA in 2009.


A.J. SolivenA.J. Soliven currently works as a Library Associate at the Moore Public Library.  A.J. started out working in libraries as a shelver where he attended college at the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Journalism.  A.J. began his career with Pioneer Library System in 2013 where he worked as a Circulation Clerk at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library.  He transitioned to the Moore Public Library in 2016 and has an interest in working with mobile technology and senior services.

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