Key Issues & Developments For Ict In Public Libraries And Their Impact On ChildrenPresentation Transcript
Our electronic future: key issues & developments for ICT in Public Libraries and their impact on children Penny Garrod UKOLN University of Bath Bath, BA2 7AY Email [email_address] URL http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/ UKOLN is supported by:
national focus of expertise in digital information management
based at the University of Bath
JISC ( Joint Information Systems Committee: Higher & Further Education sector);
Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries
plus project funding (e.g. EU and JISC)
around 27 staff
carries out applied research (e.g. in metadata), software development and provides policy and advisory services
ICT in UK public libraries: focusing on young users
Key Questions for librarians
What do today’s children and young people want from libraries?
What are their expectations?
What sort of services should libraries be providing?
What do they actually need?
How can libraries link in with schools, social services and all the other agencies dealing with children?
How can libraries attract and retain children and young people?
Can/should public libraries collaborate with private sector: ethical issues; money needed to sustain and develop services; public libraries offer free services.
UK children: creating library services to meet their needs and expectations
Children are increasingly consumer oriented and materialistic
Their worlds revolve around popular culture: TV; pop and football stars; films, computer games etc.
They like and use modern technology: it’s “cool” (82% of 14-16 year olds own mobile phones); use games computers
They like the Internet and interactive media
Many have poor literacy skills and find reading difficult and books ‘boring’
What do children need?
Help with literacy, numeracy and ICT skills
develop information literacy/ research skills; foster inquiring minds
encourage reading and promote books as relevant to their lives; libraries as places to ‘hang out’ with friends and use ICT
develop the creative imagination & thinking skills
motivate them to learn and to experiment with books, the Internet and multimedia
? Can ICT in libraries help with these?
Learning from the best: examples of good practice Library Websites: Portal approach: developed & designed specifically for children & young people links to quality assured educational resources & pre-selected sites* Interactive features Quizzes and games Submit book reviews Links to other library materials: videos, DVDs, CDs etc .. Publicise homework clubs; out of school activities *filtering software has limitations
Examples of good practice
Treasure Island UKOLN 1997 pilot for Stories from the Web
Stories from the Web Birmingham Libraries: ( website +clubs)
Library web sites
Suffolk County Council – children’s Book Zone; ‘fun sites’; links and activities;
Hillingdon - links include National Grid for Learning approved site e.g. ‘Dot’s Den’
Nottinghamshire Libraries – builds on young children’s interests
Treasure Island – the website / http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/services/treasure
One of three Treasure Island activities
Stories from the Web http://www.storiesfromtheweb.org/index.htm
Suffolk County Council - Cyberlibrary for children