Family Visits to Libraries and Bookshops: Observations and Implications for Digital Libraries

  • Nicholas Vanderschantz
  • Claire Timpany
  • Annika Hinze
  • Sally Jo Cunningham
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8839)


This paper explores how families select books for leisure reading. We recruited 17 families (adults and children) for this study, and spent time with each in both bookshops and public libraries. Our research aims to add to understanding of how families interact with books and bookshelves in these places, and how digital libraries might best support the shared needs of these inter-generational users. Much of our understanding of how an eBook should look and feel comes from generalizations about books and assumptions about the needs of those individuals who read them. We explore how children and adults search and browse for books together, with specific focus on the type of information seeking tasks that families undertake and on the families’ shared search and browsing strategies. We further explore the implications of this study for the development of digital libraries for children and families.


participant observation social space collaborative information behaviour families 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Vanderschantz
    • 1
  • Claire Timpany
    • 1
  • Annika Hinze
    • 1
  • Sally Jo Cunningham
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

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