Key Issues & Developments For Ict In Public Libraries And Their Impact On Children


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  • Key Issues & Developments For Ict In Public Libraries And Their Impact On Children

    1. 1. 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 UKOLN is supported by:
    2. 2. UKOLN <ul><ul><li>national focus of expertise in digital information management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>based at the University of Bath </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>funded by: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>JISC ( Joint Information Systems Committee: Higher & Further Education sector); </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>plus project funding (e.g. EU and JISC) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>around 27 staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>carries out applied research (e.g. in metadata), software development and provides policy and advisory services </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. ICT in UK public libraries: focusing on young users <ul><li>Key Questions for librarians </li></ul><ul><li>What do today’s children and young people want from libraries? </li></ul><ul><li>What are their expectations? </li></ul><ul><li>What sort of services should libraries be providing? </li></ul><ul><li>What do they actually need? </li></ul><ul><li>How can libraries link in with schools, social services and all the other agencies dealing with children? </li></ul><ul><li>How can libraries attract and retain children and young people? </li></ul><ul><li>Can/should public libraries collaborate with private sector: ethical issues; money needed to sustain and develop services; public libraries offer free services. </li></ul>
    4. 4. UK children: creating library services to meet their needs and expectations <ul><li>Children are increasingly consumer oriented and materialistic </li></ul><ul><li>Their worlds revolve around popular culture: TV; pop and football stars; films, computer games etc. </li></ul><ul><li>They like and use modern technology: it’s “cool” (82% of 14-16 year olds own mobile phones); use games computers </li></ul><ul><li>They like the Internet and interactive media </li></ul><ul><li>Many have poor literacy skills and find reading difficult and books ‘boring’ </li></ul>
    5. 5. What do children need? <ul><ul><li>Help with literacy, numeracy and ICT skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>develop information literacy/ research skills; foster inquiring minds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>encourage reading and promote books as relevant to their lives; libraries as places to ‘hang out’ with friends and use ICT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>develop the creative imagination & thinking skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>motivate them to learn and to experiment with books, the Internet and multimedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>? Can ICT in libraries help with these? </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. Examples of good practice <ul><li>Web-based services </li></ul><ul><li>Treasure Island UKOLN 1997 pilot for Stories from the Web </li></ul><ul><li>Stories from the Web Birmingham Libraries: ( website +clubs) </li></ul><ul><li>Library web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Suffolk County Council – children’s Book Zone; ‘fun sites’; links and activities; </li></ul><ul><li>Hillingdon - links include National Grid for Learning approved site e.g. ‘Dot’s Den’ </li></ul><ul><li>Nottinghamshire Libraries – builds on young children’s interests </li></ul>
    8. 8. Treasure Island – the website /
    9. 9. One of three Treasure Island activities
    10. 10. Stories from the Web
    11. 11. Suffolk County Council - Cyberlibrary for children
    12. 12. London Borough of Hillingdon
    13. 13. Nottingham: children’s page http :// /
    14. 14. ICT in Libraries: possible future scenarios? <ul><li>3rd generation mobile phones & PDAs : converged technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Ebooks : graphic books; key school texts </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual libraries : focus on websites and </li></ul><ul><li>e-learning - less on buildings and bookstock </li></ul><ul><li>Web sites: increasingly adopt commercial models e.g. Amazon </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Information Environment : schools, museums, libraries, colleges, health & social services + retail & media: share resources & work in partnership. (public sector ethos versus consumerism?) </li></ul>
    15. 15. Conclusions <ul><li>ICT represents opportunity to capture hearts and minds of young people and make libraries relevant to their lives </li></ul><ul><li>Reading and literacy – harness interactive capability of the Internet to encourage children to read and improve literacy and information skills </li></ul><ul><li>21 st century children have high expectations based on consumer models and are happy using modern technology </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of good practice but not widespread – invest in children- they are the future </li></ul><ul><li>Any Questions? </li></ul>