New section monograph

New IFLA publication

Ivanka Stričević, Ivanka, & Ksibi, Ahmed, (Eds.). (2012). Intergenerational solidarity in libraries /
La solidarité intergénérationnelle dans les bibliothèques.
The Hague : IFLA/ De Gruyter. 2012.


This edited volume builds on the successful international symposium ‘Reading as a link between generations: Towards a more interdependent society,’ which was held in Hammamet, Tunisia, in September 2011. This symposium dealt with the libraries’ role in a world impacted by globalization, economic crises, and socio-cultural transformations. These changes underline the tension between texto and techno generations that can stress family and intergenerational interdependence. The symposium asserted that joint reading activities can facilitate intergenerational solidarity, emphasizing collective life experience. To that end, libraries are positioned to build social cohesion through intergenerational services and programs.

The volume’s editors are noted academians. Ivanka Stričević is associate professor at the University of Zadar in Croatia, and chaired IFLA’s Literacy and Reading section from 2007 to 2011. Ahmed Ksibi is professor atthe University of Manouba in Tunisia, and works with several regional and international organizations. About thirty authors from around the world contributed to this anthology.

The book is divided into six parts : background and theoretical framework, international outlook in libraries, intergenerational programs in libraries, integrating older people in inclusive libraries, and new information and communication technologies and new shared reading. Chapters are written in English or French, and occasionally appear in both languages. Sample chapters include country-specific issues, developing a contemporary culture of reading, storytelling, using social mdia, the mobile literacy gap, using the expertise of different generations, successful intergenerational reading programs, and intergenerational reading initiatives of professional organizations, The final part provides the full text of the Tunisian Declaration on Libraries, Reading, and Intergenerational Dialogue.

This book collects a variety of valuable insights about intergenerational dialogue in practice, using shared reading as the focus for cultural solidarity. As such, it provides a useful model of leveraging international discussions about literacy, and offers a unique contribution to global librarianship.


Ivanka Stricevic will present the book and lead a discussion its subject during:
Session 108 Libraries for literacy: linking generations, empowering communities

Monday, 13 August 16:00–18:00 Session Room 4



Ivanka Stricevic and Ahmed Ksibi (Eds.)

Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2012

ISBN: 978-3-11-028098-2

(IFLA Publications 156)

Euro 99,95 / for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 140.00
Special price for IFLA members Euro 79,95 / for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 115.00


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