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andlt;Pandgt;The contributors to this volume view digital libraries (DLs) from a social as well as technological perspective. They see DLs as sociotechnical systems, networks of technology, information artifacts, and people and practices interacting with the larger world of work and society. As Bruce Schatz observes in his foreword, for a digital library to be useful, the users, the documents, and the information system must be in harmony.The contributors begin by asking how we evaluate DLs — how we can understand them in order to build better DLs — but they move beyond these basic concerns to explore how DLs make a difference in people's lives and their social worlds, and what studying DLs might tell us about information, knowledge, and social and cognitive processes. The chapters, using both empirical and analytical methods, examine the social impact of DLs and also the web of social and material relations in which DLs are embedded; these far-ranging social worlds include such disparate groups as community activists, environmental researchers, middle-school children, and computer system designers.Topics considered include documents and society; the real boundaries of a "library without walls"; the ecologies of digital libraries; usability and evaluation; information and institutional change; transparency as a product of the convergence of social practices and information artifacts; and collaborative knowledge construction in digital libraries.andlt;/Pandgt;

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Topics considered include documents and society; the real boundaries of a library without walls; the ecologies of digital libraries; usability and evaluation; information and institutional change; transparency as a product of the convergence of social practices and information artifacts; and collaborative knowledge construction in digital libraries.

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Viewing digital libraries as sociotechnical systems, networks of people and technology interacting with society.

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andlt;Pandgt;Viewing digital libraries as sociotechnical systems, networks of people and technology interacting with society.andlt;/Pandgt;

Synopsis:

The contributors to this volume view digital libraries (DLs) from a social as well as technological perspective. They see DLs as sociotechnical systems, networks of technology, information artifacts, and people and practices interacting with the larger world of work and society. As Bruce Schatz observes in his foreword, for a digital library to be useful, the users, the documents, and the information system must be in harmony.

Synopsis:

The contributors to this volume view digital libraries (DLs) from a social as well as technological perspective. They see DLs as sociotechnical systems, networks of technology, information artifacts, and people and practices interacting with the larger world of work and society. As Bruce Schatz observes in his foreword, for a digital library to be useful, the users, the documents, and the information system must be in harmony.The contributors begin by asking how we evaluate DLs — how we can understand them in order to build better DLs — but they move beyond these basic concerns to explore how DLs make a difference in people's lives and their social worlds, and what studying DLs might tell us about information, knowledge, and social and cognitive processes. The chapters, using both empirical and analytical methods, examine the social impact of DLs and also the web of social and material relations in which DLs are embedded; these far-ranging social worlds include such disparate groups as community activists, environmental researchers, middle-school children, and computer system designers.Topics considered include documents and society; the real boundaries of a "library without walls"; the ecologies of digital libraries; usability and evaluation; information and institutional change; transparency as a product of the convergence of social practices and information artifacts; and collaborative knowledge construction in digital libraries.

About the Author

Ann Peterson Bishop is Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.Barbara P. Buttenfield is Professor, Department of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction : digital libraries as sociotechnical systems /Nancy A. Van House, Ann Peterson Bishop, and Barbara P. Buttenfield
  2. Documents and libraries : a sociotechnical perspective /David M. Levy
  3. Finding the boundaries of the library without walls /Catherine C. Marshall
  4. Ecological perspective on digital libraries /Vicki L. O'Day and Bonnie A. Nardi
  5. Designing digital libraries for usability /Christine L. Borgman
  6. People in digital libraries : multifaceted approaches to assessing needs and impact /Gary Marchionini, Catherine Plaisant, and Anita Komlodi
  7. Participatory action research and digital libraries : reframing evaluation /Ann Peterson Bishop ... et al. --Colliding with the real world : heresies and unexplored questions about audience, economics, and control of digital libraries /Clifford Lynch
  8. Information and institutional change : the case of digital libraries /Philip E. Agre.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262025447
Author:
Hoshi, Takeo Pfeil
Publisher:
Mit Press
Author:
Peterson-Kemp, Ann
Author:
Buttenfield, Barbara P.
Author:
Van House, Nancy A.
Author:
Schatz, Bruce
Author:
Bishop, Ann Peterson
Author:
Nancy A. Van House
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
Planning
Subject:
Information technology
Subject:
Library & Information Science
Subject:
Digital libraries
Subject:
Information technology -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Digital libraries - Social aspects
Subject:
Library & Information Science - General
Subject:
Reference-Bibliography and Library Science
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing Digital Library Use
Series Volume:
4425-4426
Publication Date:
20031031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 illus.
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
Reference » Bibliography and Library Science
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , Topics considered include documents and society; the real boundaries of a library without walls; the ecologies of digital libraries; usability and evaluation; information and institutional change; transparency as a product of the convergence of social practices and information artifacts; and collaborative knowledge construction in digital libraries.
"Synopsis" by , Viewing digital libraries as sociotechnical systems, networks of people and technology interacting with society.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Pandgt;Viewing digital libraries as sociotechnical systems, networks of people and technology interacting with society.andlt;/Pandgt;
"Synopsis" by , The contributors to this volume view digital libraries (DLs) from a social as well as technological perspective. They see DLs as sociotechnical systems, networks of technology, information artifacts, and people and practices interacting with the larger world of work and society. As Bruce Schatz observes in his foreword, for a digital library to be useful, the users, the documents, and the information system must be in harmony.
"Synopsis" by , The contributors to this volume view digital libraries (DLs) from a social as well as technological perspective. They see DLs as sociotechnical systems, networks of technology, information artifacts, and people and practices interacting with the larger world of work and society. As Bruce Schatz observes in his foreword, for a digital library to be useful, the users, the documents, and the information system must be in harmony.The contributors begin by asking how we evaluate DLs — how we can understand them in order to build better DLs — but they move beyond these basic concerns to explore how DLs make a difference in people's lives and their social worlds, and what studying DLs might tell us about information, knowledge, and social and cognitive processes. The chapters, using both empirical and analytical methods, examine the social impact of DLs and also the web of social and material relations in which DLs are embedded; these far-ranging social worlds include such disparate groups as community activists, environmental researchers, middle-school children, and computer system designers.Topics considered include documents and society; the real boundaries of a "library without walls"; the ecologies of digital libraries; usability and evaluation; information and institutional change; transparency as a product of the convergence of social practices and information artifacts; and collaborative knowledge construction in digital libraries.
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