ASGCLA Online Course Library Services for People Living with Alzheimer’s

For Immediate Release


Ninah Moore, RUSA/ASGCLA

The Association of Specialized, Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA) will be presenting a new online class, Library Services for People Living with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease already affects more than 5 million Americans and is the 6th-leading cause of death in the United States; all predictions are for even more rapid spread as the Baby Boomers age. Yet libraries in many cases have been slow to consider how specifically to serve this growing population among our users, and how to serve the even-larger group of those caring for people with dementia.

In this 4-week course, we will cover the basics of Alzheimer’s and related dementias, including the variety of specific needs those living with the disease might bring to a library: medical, legal, financial, ethical, and emotional. We will evaluate traditional library information resources relating to those needs, consider a bibliography of fictional and memoir resources that explore the caregiving experience, and examine some innovative examples of adult programming dedicated to those living with Alzheimer’s. Much of the informational will be available for individual research, but the course will allow for group interaction, brainstorming and feedback from peers and the instructor.

By the end of the course, the participants should be able to:

  • Understand the burgeoning growth of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
  • Articulate the impact of the disease on two major library user groups, sufferers and caregivers
  • Survey the range of library resources available to assist patrons in these two user groups
  • Evaluate innovative examples of library programming for dementia sufferers and their caregivers

The presenter for the class is Timothy J. Dickey, Ph.D., a public services librarian with the nationally-acclaimed Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, and a library science educator teaching reference, research methods, and library technology, for the faculties of Kent State University and San José State University. Dr. Dickey brings workshop experience for ALA’s eLearning division, and with the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries, on this topic, as well as personal experience with Alzheimer’s caregiving.

For more information and registration, please go to

A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion of each course for continuing education. Although these courses are not CEU-certified, many licensing boards will accept them for credit. Requirements vary by state and school districts regarding certification and continuing education credits. The decision to grant CEU credits remains entirely up to your state or school district. If you need credits, check with your state and/or school district before enrolling to determine eligibility.

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