Digital Library Use: Social Practice in Design and Evaluation (Hardcover)

Ann Peterson Bishop, Nancy A. VanHouse, Barbara P. Buttenfield

  • 出版商: MIT
  • 出版日期: 2003-10-10
  • 售價: $1,200
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 352
  • 裝訂: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 0262025442
  • ISBN-13: 9780262025447
  • 立即出貨(限量) (庫存=8)




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.

Ann Peterson Bishop is Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Nancy A. Van House is Professor, School of Information Management and Systems, University of California, Berkeley.

Barbara P. Buttenfield is Professor, Department of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder.


Table of Contents:

Bruce Schatz
1 Introduction: Digital Libraries as Sociotechnical Systems
Nancy A. Van House, Ann Peterson Bishop and Barbara P. Buttenfield
Part I
2 Documents and Libraries: A Sociotechnical Perspective
David M. Levy
3 Finding the Boundaries of the Library without Walls
Catherine C. Marshall
4 An Ecological Perspective on Digital Libraries
Vicki L. O'Day and Bonnie A. Nardi
Part II
5 Designing Digital Libraries for Usability
Christine L. Borgman
6 The 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, Bharat Mehra, Imani Bazzell and Cynthia Smith
8 Colliding with the Real World: Heresies and Unexplored Questions about Audience, Economics, and Control of Digital Libraries
Clifford Lynch
Part III
9 Information and Institutional Change: The Case of Digital Libraries
Philip E. Agre
10 Transparency beyond the Individual Level of Scale: Convergence between Information Artifacts and Communities of Practice
Susan Leigh Star, Geoffrey C. Bowker and Laura J. Neumann
11 Digital Libraries and Collaborative Knowledge Construction
Nancy A. Van House
12 The Flora of North America Project: Making the Case [Study] for Social Realist Theory
Mark A. Spasser
List of Contributors 329
Index 335