Aging populations challenge public libraries to continually adapt their materials, services, and programming to maximize the wellbeing of older adults and enhance their social participation and security. Libraries (and their spaces, materials, and programs) are crucial institutions in their respective communities, particularly as sites for health, care, and wellness are shifting from hospitals and long term care facilities to the home and surrounding community.
Nicole Dalmer (BSc, MLIS) 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. Her current dissertation research aims to understand the invisibility of the information work done by family caregivers of older adults. She is particularly interested in examining the intersection of information work and caring work; exploring the information-related work needed to care for an aging family member within an aging in place policy era. She also studies the potential applications of critical gerontology in the development of more responsive public library services and policies for aging populations. Before completing her Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta, she worked at the Alberta Centre on Aging. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @ndalmer.