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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Webinar on library service for older adults

Join us for a special and exciting webinar on Library Services for Older Adults!
On Thursday, November 17, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 2:00 p.m. Central, 1:00 p.m. Mountain, and Noon Pacific, OPAL (Online Programs for All Libraries—And All Library Users) will host a free web-based program on “Library Services for Older Adults:  Preview of the White House Conference on Aging.” 

Allan M. Kleiman from the Westfield Memorial Library in New Jersey, Chair of the ALA RUSA RSS Library Service to an Aging Population Committee, and is one of the few librarian delegates participating in the December White House Conference on Aging, is the featured speaker.  During the program, he will discuss themes and anticipated outcomes of the WHCoA. The purpose of this fifth WHCoA is to make recommendations to the President and Congress to help guide national aging policies for the next ten years and beyond. Allan will review the key points of a position paper prepared by the American Library Association for this conference. He also will lead a discussion of the long-term challenges and opportunities of providing library services for older adults.

Allan is an internationally known librarian with expertise in library services for older adults.  He just returned from an exciting month of traveling and speaking on issues of library services for older adults to library groups and associations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and completed a series of workshops for the Texas State Library and Archives on, Texas is Aging! Is Your Library Ready, around the state.

There is no charge for this webinar, and no need to register.   All you need to attend is a computer with an Internet connection, sound card and speakers.  If you wish to participate via audio (voice-over-IP), you can purchase a pc microphone at discount stores for approximately $10.

To attend, go to the OPAL auditorium at  Type your name and click enter.  The first time you enter, a small software applet will download to your computer.  Attendees are encouraged to try to get into the room ahead of time to make sure they have no problems.

For more information on OPAL or this program, contact Tom Peters, OPAL Coordinator at 816-228-6406 or  OPAL offers a variety of web-based programs for the public and librarians. To check out the full schedule of OPAL programs, go to


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