Monday, May 11, 2009

Review-Bishop Article

The community members were mostly interested in community services and activities, resources for their children, healthcare information, education information, employment information, crime and safety information, and general reference tools to search for information. Some of the barriers that this population faced included lacking access to computers and the internet and lacking the experience necessary to operate the computers and the applications available. In several cases, families owned a computer, but it was broken, too old, or only temporary. This indicates another barrier: connectivity. Almost one-third had never used a word processor and nearly half had never used a spreadsheet or database program. Only about ten percent reported using the Web regularly. The Collins family did not own a computer. They had no access at home. Other than Nicole, the rest of the family had very little experience with computers and were in need of training. Also, based on the area their home was located, connectivity was another possible barrier.

1 comment:

  1. Here's the question. Sorry!

    Bishop, A. P., & Tidline, T. J., & Shoemaker, S. & Salela, P. (1999). Public libraries and networked information services in low-income communities. Library & Information Science Research 21(3):361-390.

    This article described a program that provided home computers to a low-income African American community. What were the information needs of the members of this community (i.e. what type of information were they interested in searching for on the Internet)? What were some of the barriers they faced? How were these issues similar or dissimilar to those faced by the Collins family in Legacy?