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‘Encourage elderly to visit libraries using technology’

Monday, Mar 7, 2016,11:30 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Kolkata | Loyal elderly readers need to be encouraged to come to libraries by equipping them with suitable technology, a British library consultant has suggested. The older people in your country and in my country still like to come to library though the number may be declining. There is a huge opportunity.

I think by encouraging them, we would be providing opportunities to make them feel they are needed, Tom Forrest, former Director of Cultural Services in Oxfordshire, said on the eve of his interaction with library experts of the country in New Delhi. Libraries should have mobile apps. You can read an e-book and access catalogues online.

In fact physical books and digital versions should supplement each other and build a bridge between the two generations, both of whom should be engaged in active library movement, Forrest, who has worked in over 20 countries to impart knowledge on using technology to improve access to services and content, said. Talking about the experiment to retain the old and loyal readers in different cities of the UK like Manchester, Forrest said, Our motto is to make them feel they are needed. I have something to give through memory sessions, storytelling for children and likewise.

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