Behaviour & Information Technology. Apr2012, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p413-423. 11p. 6 Color Photographs, 1 Diagram, 2 Charts.
Information technology, Blogs, Age distribution, Creative ability, Grandparents, Intergenerational relations, and Interprofessional relations
As new technologies emerge that can bring older adults together with children, little has been discussed by researchers concerning the design methods used to create these new technologies. Giving both children and older adults a voice in a shared design process comes with many challenges. This paper details an exploratory study focusing on connecting generations through cooperative design (co-design) methods that can enable idea construction and elaboration to flourish. Design techniques were adapted that ranged from low-tech prototyping and sticky-note feedback to distributed collaboration. The critical finding in this research was that children and older adults need not only time together to start the collaboration but also time apart to further the collaboration at a distance. This case study research reports on how our methods evolved and how others can apply these methods for their own work. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Vander Hart, Robert, Ingrassia, Barbara, Mayotte, Kerry, Palmer, LisaA., and Powell, Julia
Journal of Web Librarianship. Apr-Sep2010, Vol. 4 Issue 2/3, p129-141. 13p. 1 Color Photograph, 2 Charts.
Library information networks, Intranets (Computer networks), Academic library software, Library applications of wikis, Blogs, Library personnel, and Medical libraries
This article details the process of upgrading and expanding an existing academic medical library intranet to include a wiki, blog, discussion forum, and photo collection manager. The first version of the library's intranet from early 2002 was powered by ColdFusion software and existed primarily to allow staff members to author and store minutes of library team meetings. Other ColdFusion-based applications and functions were subsequently added, as were various other library documents and procedures. As a follow-up to the library's strategic plan, a library Staff Intranet Team was organized in early 2008 to reorganize the content of the intranet and to identify software tools that would allow greater staff participation in maintaining and updating intranet content. Early steps in the process included brainstorming, a card-sorting exercise, product research, a staff survey, and paper prototyping. The team focused on implementing various open-source, ColdFusion-based tools in order to accommodate existing technology, available budget, and time constraints. Challenges in implementing the tools included bypassing or modifying existing authentication systems and applying modifications that led to loss of native functionality. Despite usability testing and staff training, library staff have not universally welcomed or adopted all the new tools. Notwithstanding these challenges, the renovated staff intranet has shown promise in furthering the goals in the library's strategic plan to improve communication and facilitate collaboration among library staff. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]