The Usability of School Library Websites: A Nationwide Study

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Anthony Shong-Yu Chow, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: A paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Annual Conference, October 31-Nov. 2, Louisville, KY.This study embraces the conference theme of Learning in the Age of Globalization by exploring how basic cognitive information seeking behaviors and needs differ between adults and K-12 youth on the Web. Emerging research suggests significant differences between how adults and youth seek information and in their preferences in seeking information in online digital environments (Blowers & Bryan, 2004; Large & Beheshti, 2005; Cooper, 2005; Nielsen, 2005; Buckleitner, 2008; Cai & Zhao, 2010; Considine, Horton, & Moorman, 2009). Given the growing body of knowledge about these differences, our study sought to explore several questions – What does a typical school library website look like in terms of design and content? How do they compare to research-based best practices? And, were they designed more for youth or adults and how usable were they?

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Language: English
Date: 2012
learning, globalization, cognitive information, adults, youth, difference

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