Older Adult Information Needs & Behaviors: Spring 2014


Bo Xie


University of Texas at Austin


Spring 2014


This course examines the aging of the population and its implications for society and the individual, and the social and individual changes related to older age, from the perspective of the information world of older adults. Representative topics may include: types and amount of information older adults want and sources where they obtain the information; information services for older adults; challenges and opportunities for information organizations (e.g., public libraries, hospitals) to provide age-appropriate information services to the aging population; the role of information technology in the information world of older adults; the role of information organizations such as public libraries in promoting computer literacy among the older population; the public library as a key site for information, lifelong learning, and empowerment; family relationships in later life; older adults’ spiritual needs; and older adults as diverse individuals with differing information needs, behaviors, and sources.

Required Textbook:

No required textbook.

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