The New Frontier- Training Older Adults for the Latest Gadgets

Tuesday, 7/16/2019
  • 1:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 12:00 PM (Central)
  • 11:00 AM (Mountain)
  • 10:00 AM (Pacific)

Most American communities are aging, and libraries are in a position to identify opportunities to meet the needs of older adults in their communities. Your library can help anticipate the growing technological needs of mature audiences, so they can better understand the digital landscape.

In this 60-minute webinar, you’ll learn how you can increase opportunities for older adults in your community to learn the latest gadgets, obtain government resources and services, develop personal awareness, and actively participate with accessible gaming equipment. Join us on July 16 to discover how your library will remain a vital point for seniors who wish to engage more deeply with the world around them.

Learning Outcomes

After participating in this webinar, participants will: 

  • Have at least two strategies to tap into community resources to meet the interests and needs of older adults
  • Be able to describe the best and mosteffective practices to develop services and programs for a mature population

Who Should Attend

This webinar is open to all librarians. The content is most relevant to adult services/program librarians, administrators, library board members, and friends of the library. 


For over 40 years, Allan M. Kleiman, MLS has been engaged in the promotion and development of library service to older adults. A past chair of the American Library Association’s Library Service to an Aging Population Committee, he has presented workshops, seminars, and in-person training at library conferences in the United States, Canada, and Europe. An acknowledged expect in this field, he was a recipient of a traveling fellowship from the Ulverscroft Foundation, selected to speak at the Library of Congress Center for the Book, and was an official delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. He was chosen by his peers as an award recipient to receive the Monroe Award for Adult Services from the American Library Association. He is an author of numerous articles on the subject. Currently, he is library director at the Montville Township Public Library in New Jersey.

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.

Lyle Ishida serves as the Chief of the Consumer Affairs and Outreach Division (CAOD). He has been with the FCC since 2000, holding positions in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. While serving in CAOD, he has also held various management and technical positions including Acting Chief of the FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy, Acting Chief of the Web and Print Publishing Division, and Policy Advisor in the Office of the Bureau Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau. Mr. Ishida began his Federal career working as a civilian specialist and manager with the Department of Army. His last posting was as Chief of the Directorate of Community Activities at Camp Zama, Japan. Mr. Ishida is a proud product of the University of Hawai’i (BA, English/Journalism) and enjoys family activities, University of Hawai’i sports, and amateur meteorology.

Taina Evans works at Brooklyn Public Library and currently oversees all library services targeting the 50+ audience. Taina is the incoming chair of RSS Library Services to Aging Population Committee of RUSA, active in the New York Library Association, and sits on the advisory board for the division of library and information science program at St. John's University. Taina has a B.A. in government and politics and a master’s degree in library science from St. John’s University in 2009.



Individual registration rates are as follows:

RUSA members: $45

ALA members: $50

ALA student & retired members: $25

Non-members: $65

Group rate: $99 single login, $38/ per person multiple logins (min 2 people)

How to Register

Register Online

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Zoom. Please ensure that you have internet connection. 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. 


Questions about your registration should be directed to

Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore, RUSA Training & Events Coordinator, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!