Vanderschantz, N., Timpany, C., Hinze, A., & Cunningham, S. J. (2014). Family visits to libraries and bookshops: observations and implications for digital libraries. In K. Tuamsuk, A. Jatowt, & E. Rasmussen (Eds.), The Emergence of Digital Libraries – Research and Practices (Vol. LNCS 8839, pp. 182–195). Springer. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-12823-8_19
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This paper explores how families select books for leisure reading. We recruited 17 families (adults and children) for this study, and spent time with each in both bookshops and public libraries. Our research aims to add to understanding of how families interact with books and bookshelves in these places, and how digital libraries might best support the shared needs of these inter-generational users. Much of our understanding of how an eBook should look and feel comes from generalizations about books and assumptions about the needs of those individuals who read them. We explore how children and adults search and browse for books together, with specific focus on the type of information seeking tasks that families undertake and on the families’ shared search and browsing strategies. We further explore the implications of this study for the development of digital libraries for children and families.
This is an author’s accepted version of an article published in Proceedings of 16th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries, ICADL 2014 Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 5-7. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014