Laptop Computers for the Bedridden

to Jane Karp, project director, Library Elderly Outreach (LEO), St. John's County Public Library


Selected under Topic 2- Equity of Access and Diverse Populations, Karp's LEO project, based out of the St. Johns County Public Library System in St. Augustine, Fla., will develop a comprehensive bedside laptop computer course to serve institutionalized older adults who are confined to bed, immobile or with great orthopedic impairments. The project's target group has tremendous difficulty in accessing and utilizing library computer resources because of the degenerating health that affects mobility, hearing, sight, sitting and walking abilities.

Resulting publications & presentations:

  • Karp, Jane (2005). Laptop Computers for the Bedridden. Presentation from June 25, 2005 ALA Annual Program for Diversity Research Grant Reports “Charting Courses: Excellence in Diversity Research.”
  • Karp, Jane (2005). Stellar Senior Outreach Programs. American Library Association, June 26.
  • Karp, Jane (2005) Laptop Computer Class. A presentation for seniors.
  • Karp, Jane (2005). Taking Library Services to Seniors: St. Johns County’s LEO Program. Florida Libraries, 48 (1):6.

Awards Won

Title Year
Diversity Research Grant

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services sponsors this grant program which began in 2002 to address critical gaps in the knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion issues within library and information science.

2004 - Winner(s)