Library Trends 54 (2) Fall 2005: Children's Access and Use of Digital Resources
Library Trends 54 (2) Fall 2005: Children's Access and Use of Digital Resources. Edited by Allison Druin.
Based upon today’s digital landscape, four questions are examined throughout the articles in this issue:
- How do new digital tools and materials impact children as information seekers, learners, and creators of their own digital experiences?
- How are the environments of children (for example, in homes, public spaces, school and public libraries) impacted by digital resources now available?
- How are children involved in changing new technologies, and what can be learned from these experiences?
- What new technologies are being developed, and how can these be used as building-blocks for future research?
In this issue some articles address many of the questions stated above, while other articles focus on one specific question more deeply. The articles’ authors are many of the leading researchers in this growing yet still small field concerning children. Their work falls into two broad areas: issues concerning children’s information access, and children’s use of digital materials. All too often researchers consider just one aspect, yet children themselves are most interested in access issues when information use is possible. Therefore, this issue reflects the interests of children and offers both perspectives. (from the introduction)
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(Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2005)As part of a project to evaluate the effectiveness of Tutor.com’s Live Homework Help service, the authors examined over 100 transcripts of online transactions between teens and the virtual reference librarians in ...
Just Curious: Children’s Use of Digital Reference for Unimposed Queries and Its Importance in Informal Education (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2005)This research investigated the informal use of two children’s digital reference services that were used for purposes unintended by the designers. The motivation for this research was to explore the ways that children ...
Educational Inquiry and Creativity: Developing Digital Resources in Ireland’s Information Age Town (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2005)Despite cultural and social barriers to technology adoption, the teachers and administrators of schools in the Irish town of Ennis, with help from the Clare County Education Centre, integrated computers, networking, ...
Initial Findings from a Three-Year International Case Study Exploring Children’s Responses to Literature in a Digital Library This article examines children’s responses to self-selected books in a digital library and begins to identify patterns in those responses. As part of a larger longitudinal study, the study presented here is an analysis ...
Children seek information in order to complete school projects on a wide variety of topics, as well as to support their various leisure activities. Such information can be found in print documents, but increasingly young ...