Libraries and Aging 101: Educate, Engage and Empower Mature Adults

Monday, 5/6/2019

Many communities are home to an aging population. Libraries in these communities need to be able to educate, empower and engage older adults.

In this four-week course, librarian and gerontologist Fatima Perkins shares data-driven strategies that will help you assess the needs of the older population in your community and create impactful programs and services.

Each week will target a different aspect of services for this population and provide an opportunity for discussion with the instructor and other students. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to develop a "signature" program or service for a mature audience with at least one outcome measure.

Students will be assigned a program mentor upon request. This will be someone in the field (library or gerontology) that can assist you with developing a program/service for a mature audience.

Learning Outcomes

By participating in this course, you will be able to

  • Understand the relevance of national, state and local demographic changes and how these changes impact library service;
  • Increase your ability to identify and address the needs of mature audiences; and
  • Enhance your collaborative capacity to improve program development and effectiveness.

Benefits of Participating in eLearning from RUSA:

  • Learn directly from subject matter experts and gain essential skills for your professional growth
  • Your purchase helps fund advocacy, awareness, and accreditation programs for library professionals
  • You help support RUSA, which is a leading advocate group for library resources and information services and collections. 

Who Should Attend

This course is for any library staff person interested in creating or enhancing impactful programs and services for the ever growing older population.


Fatima Perkins is the Director of Community Outreach & Advocacy for the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. She has engaged with the senior services network for more than 20 years, sharing her skills and talents with Greater Cleveland Volunteers, Alzheimer’s Association, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Cuyahoga County Public Library. As a librarian, she developed more than 5,000 programs including health and wellness initiatives. Fatima is an ALA Spectrum Scholar and was a 2015 recipient of the Carnegie-Whitney Grant. Fatima is the current Chairperson for Library Services to an Aging Population, Committee of RUSA. She continues to be a tireless advocate for older adults, libraries and librarians.



  • $130 for RUSA members
  • $175 for ALA members
  • $210 for non-ALA members
  • $100 for student members and retired members

How to Register

  • Online
  • By Fax: download, complete, and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280 1538
  • By Mail: download, complete, and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACA/Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Tech Requirements

ALA will use Moodle for all online educational courses. Learn more about Moodle at

The Moodle login instructions will be sent the Friday before the start date. The course site will remain open one week after the end date for students to complete any assignments and submit the course evaluation survey.


Continuing Education Credit - A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion of a course.
Although this course is not CEU-certified, many licensing boards will accept it for credit. Requirements vary by state and school district regarding certification and continuing education credits. The decision to grant CEU credits remains entirely up to your state or school district. If you are in need of credits, check with your state and/or school district before enrolling to determine eligibility. Some states will review your certificate of completion and course description to determine eligibility.


Questions about your registration should be directed to Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation