M.A. in School and Public Librarianship
Special Educational Services/Instruction
College of Education
Libraries and older people--New Jersey; Public libraries--New Jersey
Library and Information Science
The purpose of this research study was to determine the attitudes of senior patrons, those age 55 and older, about computer technology at the Cape May County Public Library. It was hoped that this information would provide insight into older adults' usage of OPACs, computers, and the Internet, suggesting areas for further research and leading to improved services to these patrons. Additionally, the following research questions were addressed: What computer resources do senior patrons use most frequently? For those senior patrons who do use the OPACs, computer, or the Internet, what is their level of competence or confidence with such technology? Fifty responses were collected over a three -week period. Results of the survey indicated that 86 percent of senior respondents had a positive attitude about computers in the library. Furthermore, senior patrons overwhelmingly knew how to use both computers and the Internet. However, a limited number of senior patrons were using the OPACs. Finally, senior patrons responded that their competence or confidence level was slightly above average in usage of computer technology.
Brunner, Paul J., "Public library services to senior patrons" (2006). Theses and Dissertations. 874.