Not to be Forgotten: Providing Library Services for People Living with Dementia

Tuesday, 4/25/2017
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Should library services cease with a diagnosis of dementia? Of course not. Yet library services to this growing and often overlooked population are currently scarce. With aging comes related risks of developing Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The Alzheimer’s Association states that there are currently over 5 million Americans afflicted with this disorder. The consequences of a dementia diagnosis and its impact on families and communities can seem overwhelming. As library professionals, we are committed to meeting the needs of our communities, yet this growing and underserved population is too often overlooked. What is currently being done and how can we best address this group? Join our webinar to discuss this topic. See what some of your peers are doing around the nation, learn tips for effective communication, and explore resources available to help. Libraries have a unique role in uplifting this population. Let's work together to create solutions and further educate our communities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Encourage the adoption of practices for providing library services to people with dementia.
  • Comfortably interact with this population.
  • Develop programs to engage and improve quality of life for this sometimes forgotten community.
  • Locate resources for further information on the disease and library program development for those with dementia.

Who Should Attend

The webinar is aimed at all library professionals with an interest in developing programs and enriching services for patrons afflicted with dementia and also providing support services and education to their care partners.


Mary Beth Riedner is University Librarian Emeritus of Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL and Chair of the Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Interest Group (IGARD), a division of the Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Mary Beth is a vocal activist in promoting the need for library services to patrons living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

Tysha Shay is Reference Manager in the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She was granted the 2015 Library Journal "Movers & Shakers" innovator's award for her work in creating Stories for Life. The Stories for Life program brings the benefits of the library to senior facilities throughout her system. Tysha is a past Co-Chair of IGARD.

Mary-Kate Finnegan Dopkins is an MLIS student and Chair-Elect for IGARD. Mary-Kate works in Access Services for the University of the Pacific Libraries in California.



Individual registration rates are as follows:
ASCLA members: $40
ALA members: $50
ALA student & retired members: $25
Non-members: $65
Group rate: $99 single login, $38/person multiple logins. (min. 2 people)

How to Register

Registration for this webinar will be open by 2/6/2017

Register online


Download the webinar registration form

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Adobe Connect. Please ensure that you have Adobe Flash Player Version 10.1 or later on your computer. Audio for these sessions will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat.

You can test your settings to verify that your computer is configured properly to participate in this webinar.


Questions about your registration should be directed to Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Jennifer Cross RUSA Web Services Manager, at 

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!