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					Library Websites for
Elementary-aged Children:
A Comparative Analysis

   Tyson Carter, Dayna Durbin, Jenny McCraw
            INLS 180 Term Project / April 24, 2006
Kids and the Web


   A 2003 NCES study showed that
    approximately one-third of kindergarteners
    and half of first through fifth graders use the
    Web.
   These numbers have been increasing since
    the late 1990s.
   Kids surf the Web for both education
    (homework help, school projects, research)
    and entertainment.
                               INLS 180 Term Project / April 24, 2006
Defining the Problems


   What makes a website appealing and
    appropriate for an elementary-aged (5-11
    years of age) child?
   How do library sites designed for children of
    this age group measure up?
   How do different types of library websites
    (elementary school library media centers,
    public libraries, and digital/virtual libraries)
    compare?

                                INLS 180 Term Project / April 24, 2006
Our Criteria


   Content
       Age-appropriateness
       Information about the library
       Types of resources provided
       Instructional content and support




                                 INLS 180 Term Project / April 24, 2006
Our Criteria


   Design
       Text
       Backgrounds
       Images
       Navigation
       Design that appeals to children




                                 INLS 180 Term Project / April 24, 2006
Data Collection


   Applied our set of criteria to 30 library
    websites for elementary-aged children
       10 public elementary school media center
        sites
       10 public library sites for children
       10 virtual/digital libraries
   We looked at homepages and first level
    supporting pages (in most cases)

                                INLS 180 Term Project / April 24, 2006
Some Noteworthy Examples


   Hiddenite Elementary School (Alexander
    County, North Carolina)
   America’s Story (Library of Congress)
   Denver Public Library (Denver, CO)




                           INLS 180 Term Project / April 24, 2006
Reflections


   Patterns that emerged
   Things that our criteria did not capture
   Recommendations
   If we had more time…




                              INLS 180 Term Project / April 24, 2006

				
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