Understanding Educator Perceptions of "Quality" in Digital Libraries
Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
The purpose of the study was to identify educators' expectations and requirements for the design of educational digital collections for classroom use. A series of five focus groups was conducted with practicing teachers, pre-service teachers, and science librarians, drawn from different educational contexts (i.e., K-5, 6--12, College). Participants' expect that the added value of educational digital collections is the provision of: (1) 'high quality' teaching and learning resources, and (2) additional contextual information beyond that in the resource. Key factors that influence educators' perceptions of quality were identified: scientific accuracy, bias, advertising, design and usability, and the potential for student distraction. The data showed that participants judged these criteria along a continuum of tolerance, combining consideration of several factors in their final judgements. Implications for collections accessioning policies, peer review, and digital library service design are discussed.
Sumner, T., Khoo, M., Recker, M., & Marlino, M. (2003). Understanding educator perceptions of "quality" in digital libraries. In Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (pp. 269 - 279). New York: ACM.