Reading, the library, and the elderly : a Singapore case study
Ho, Swee Ann
Date of Issue2011
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Singapore is now one of the fastest aging societies in the world. By 2030 those over 65 years old are expected to number 1.41m strong, 26.8 percent of the country’s entire population. Given these numbers, it is not surprising that aging is a key concern in Singapore. This article reports on a qualitative study of 32 individuals over the age of 55 who frequented one branch of Singapore’s public library system. It sheds light on the current views of the elderly on their reading and some of the facilities that the library currently offers them. In particular it argues that attention needs to be paid to four issues: gender disparities, class differences, the effects of ageism, and an instrumental view of reading.
DRNTU::Library and information science::General::Ethics
Journal of librarianship and information science
© 2011 The Author(s).