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Dimensions of Diversity: Generations

Focuses on specific aspects of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation/gender identity, creed, and socioeconomic status

About Generations

The Boomer List

The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders,” will be on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., from Sept. 26, 2014, through July 5, 2015.

PBS American Masters.  The Boomer List.

Aired: 09/23/2014 | Expires: 09/22/2018
"The baby boomer generation (1946-1964) has significantly and uniquely changed our world. The year 2014 marks an important shift in American culture, as the last boomers turn 50. American Masters: The Boomer List, premiering Tues., Sept. 23, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS, tells the story of this influential generation through the lives of 19 iconic boomers. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders."

Millennials: Reports on NPR

"There is no consensus on the exact years that generations begin and end. For this post, we've defined millennials as those born between 1980 and 2000; Generation X, between 1965 and 1979; and baby boomers, between 1946 and 1964. Also, these charts represent averages — there will always be exceptions to these trends.

Interestingly, there are now more Millennials than Baby Boomers, partly because of immigration and also because Boomers have 'started to die.' More than one commentator has noted that many of the country's economic problems will be mitigated when Boomers cross the River Styx. Think of the implications for Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment. The Boomers have been the classic pig in a python—hard for society to digest."

Raphelson, S. (2014, Nov. 18). Amid the Stereotypes, Some Facts about Millennials.  NPR.

Image: U.S. Census Bureau, Public Information Office (PIO)


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Articles from Magazines, Journals, News Media

Statistics and Reports

Millennials in Transition

Keynote from the OCLC Symposium at ALA Annual: “Millennials in Transition.” Friday, June 26, 2015. San Francisco, CA. Kim Lear of BridgeWorks Consulting speaks to a packed hall at ALA Annual in San Francisco about the challenges and opportunities of Millennials. After a brief review of some characteristics of other generations (Greatest Generation, Boomers, GenX), Kim outlines the unique ways in which Millennial students, workers and family members approach some of life’s greatest transitions; from high-school to college, student to worker, single to couple and new parenthood.


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