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Starting Out Right: The Effectiveness of Online Catalogs in Providing Bibliographic Access to Youth

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Title: Starting Out Right: The Effectiveness of Online Catalogs in Providing Bibliographic Access to Youth
Author(s): Edmonds, M. Leslie
Subject(s): Human-computer interaction User interfaces (Computer systems)
Abstract: For most librarians and information scientists, the ability of children to access library material or, indeed, information in general is an abstraction. It is seen as an issue of intellectual freedom, something "they" should teach in school or an ability to be taken for granted when helping the young patron in a library setting. For a parent, teacher, or youth services librarian, it may be a source of irritation that kids may not be particularly interested in using the card catalog. The library profession has not looked carefully at how children do use catalogs, nor has it been too honest in its appraisal of just how useable online catalogs are for children. This paper will present the findings of a research project that was designed to ascertain what knowledge children bring to using the catalog, what developmental skills children have that would help them use the catalog, and what success children have with known-item catalog searches. The methodology used in this study may also provide a model for examining the behavior of other user groups for whom interfaces are designed.
Issue Date: 1988
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In M.A. Siegel, ed. 1988. Design and evaluation of computer/human interfaces : issues for librarians and information scientists. Papers presented at the 1988 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 139-161
Series/Report: Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (25th : 1988)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1258
ISBN: 0-87845-072-6
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1988.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-10
 

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