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Golub, K., Lundman, M., Milrad, M. & Herault, R. C. (2019). Increasing visibility of culture through online information services: The case of Småland. In: BOBCATSSS 2019: The 27th symposium, 22-24 January 2019, Osijek, Croatia. Paper presented at BOBCATSSS 2019: The 27th symposium, 22-24 January 2019, Osijek, Croatia. Tampere: European Association for Library and Information Education and Research
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Increasing visibility of culture through online information services: The case of Småland
2019 (English)In: BOBCATSSS 2019: The 27th symposium, 22-24 January 2019, Osijek, Croatia, Tampere: European Association for Library and Information Education and Research , 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Cultural events are of increasing importance as value creators in our society. They can serve to promote the attractiveness of a region, to increase social interactions and the quality of life and, not the least, to boost local economies. The ultimate purpose of our research is to significantly increase awareness of cultural attractiveness in Småland using innovative web technologies, both for its inhabitants as well as tourists. Reporting on the first stage of the project, this paper focuses on the exploration of requirements to design a mobile application and a website of cultural events in the region with contemporary art as a use case. 

Our methodological approach involved three major steps. First, interviews with cultural event providers, with focus on contemporary art, were conducted in order to identify initial needs and requirements for building the two types of interfaces.The interviews were conducted with two representatives of a governmental institution promoting contemporary art in the region, called Nya Småland (in English New Småland, http://www.nyasmaland.se/9/). After the first round of interviews, initial mock-ups of the interfaces were built, followed by another round of interviews to gain insights and feedback on those designs. Themes in the interviews addressed requirements and functionalities, both from perspectives of cultural event providers as well as those of user groups. The interviewees agreed that it is generally important to make contemporary art galleries and their activities visible to a wider audience through a good-quality app and a web site. It is often hard to reach the public with cultural events; one reason could be lack of money for advertising. 

In conclusion, the interviewees consider a quality app and a website for cultural events on contemporary art an important way in which to increase visibility of cultural events in the region and beyond. In addition, preserving information about past events for future uses is considered important, especially for journalists and politicians. Future research efforts will focus on developing an interactive prototype and acquiring feedback from content providers and a range of potential end user groups.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Tampere: European Association for Library and Information Education and Research, 2019
Keywords
Cultural events, requirement gathering, web design, app design, usability
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80496 (URN)
Conference
BOBCATSSS 2019: The 27th symposium, 22-24 January 2019, Osijek, Croatia
Available from: 2019-02-12 Created: 2019-02-12 Last updated: 2019-03-27
Golub, K., Herault, R. C., Lundman, M. & Milrad, M. (2019). Increasing visibility of culture through online information services: The case of Småland. In: Presented at iConference 2019: Inform, include, inspire. March 31 - April 3, Maryland, USA. Paper presented at iConference 2019. Inform, include, inspire. March 31 - April 3, Maryland, USA.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Increasing visibility of culture through online information services: The case of Småland
2019 (English)In: Presented at iConference 2019: Inform, include, inspire. March 31 - April 3, Maryland, USA, 2019Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Cultural events are of increasing importance as value creators in our society. They can serve to promote the attractiveness of a region, to increase social interactions and the quality of life and, not the least, to boost local economies. Today, a comprehensive and up-to-date online overview of cultural events in Småland, a region in southeastern Sweden, is missing mainly due the fact that information is distributed across different actors, communication channels and different media (e.g. individual organizers, commercial vendors, community calendars, newspapers calendars).

The ultimate purpose of our research is to significantly increase access to information and awareness of cultural attractiveness in Småland using innovative web technologies, both for its inhabitants as well as tourists. Reporting on the first stage of the project, this paper focuses on the exploration of requirements to design a mobile application and a website.

First guidelines for the design of web and mobile interfaces have been in existence since the early 2000s (Weiss, 2003) and have been updated accordingly to reflect the evolution of technology and the evolution of web and mobile applications. In order to get users to use the application or website, they need to be simple, easy to understand, and present meaningful information to the user (Rubino et al., 2014).

Functionalities for a cultural event app and/or website include those referring to general ones pertinent to any user-friendly app and specific ones related to information on cultural events. General major functionalities identified in the literature include:

  • Clear and concise way of displaying the content (Boiano et al., 2012);

  • Interactive and quick responding interfaces (ibid.);

  • An interface which is easy to understand with few controls (Gena et al., 2013);

  • The ability to share information, write reviews and connect, which in turn will make the application more visible for the general public (ibid.); and,

  • Utilising user-generated content (ratings, tags, comments, and so on) as a source of information about a user, and for adaptation and recommendation purposes (ibid.).

Our methodological approach involved three major steps. First, an interview with cultural events providers, using contemporary art as a use case, was conducted in order to identify initial needs and requirements for building the two types of interfaces. The interviews were conducted with two representatives of a governmental institution promoting contemporary art in the region, called Nya Småland (in English New Småland, http://www.nyasmaland.se/9/). After the first round of interviews, initial mock-ups of the interfaces were built, followed by another round of interviews to gain insights and feedback on those designs. Themes in the interviews focused on requirements, functionalities, cultural event providers in the different regions and user groups. The interviewees said that it is generally important to make contemporary art galleries and their activities visible to a wider audience through a good-quality app and a web site. It is often hard to reach the public with cultural events; one reason could be lack of money for advertising. The information gathered from the interviews was then used when creating a new round of refined mock-ups.

In conclusion, the interviewees consider a quality app and a website for cultural events on contemporary art an important way in which to increase visibility of cultural events in the region and beyond. In addition, preserving information about past events for future uses is considered important, especially for journalists, politicians and journalists. Future research efforts will focus on developing an interactive prototype and gain feedback from content providers and a range of potential end user groups.

Keywords
Cultural events, requirement gathering, web design, app design, usability
National Category
Information Studies Media and Communication Technology
Research subject
Humanities, Library and Information Science; Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Media Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81759 (URN)
Conference
iConference 2019. Inform, include, inspire. March 31 - April 3, Maryland, USA
Available from: 2019-04-09 Created: 2019-04-09 Last updated: 2019-04-09Bibliographically approved
Lundman, M. (2018). How does a digital library operate: interviews with the staff at BiblioTech. In: Lelde Petrovska, Baiba Īvāne-Kronberga, Zane Meldere (Ed.), The Power of Reading: Proceedings of the XXVI Bobcatsss Symposium, Riga, Latvia, January 2018. Paper presented at XXVI Bobcatsss Symposium, Riga, Latvia, January 2018 (pp. 32-35). BOBCATSSS
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How does a digital library operate: interviews with the staff at BiblioTech
2018 (English)In: The Power of Reading: Proceedings of the XXVI Bobcatsss Symposium, Riga, Latvia, January 2018 / [ed] Lelde Petrovska, Baiba Īvāne-Kronberga, Zane Meldere, BOBCATSSS , 2018, p. 32-35Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study examines the digital library BiblioTech, opened 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. The aim of this study was to examine what the main aspects of operating a digital library are with a focal point on the practice of digital libraries. The research questions studied were; how does a digital library operate in general, how does the staff work in the digital library and if the physical place is important in a digital library. To examine these questions, twelve semi-structured interviews with BiblioTech’s full-time employees were conducted. Results show that the digital library operates almost like the traditional library. The main difference is that the books are (only) available in digital form. Since the lack of a collection to maintain, much of the time spent for the staff that works in the library is on interaction with the patrons, while for the technical responsible staff much time is spent of maintaining the technical equipment. BiblioTech also work on developing literacy through a few different technological solutions as screen-readers, audio books, equipment for visually impaired people etc. Analysis show that BiblioTech is all about providing technical services for the inhabitants that cannot afford it and therefore the library space is central. In addition, the physical place is important, so the inhabitants can learn together with the staff. In today’s society, an important part of developing literacy is to work with technology so therefore that is one of BiblioTech’s focal points.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BOBCATSSS, 2018
Keywords
BiblioTech, Digital library, Library as space, Library as community
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77673 (URN)978-9934-18-353-9 (ISBN)
Conference
XXVI Bobcatsss Symposium, Riga, Latvia, January 2018
Available from: 2018-09-11 Created: 2018-09-11 Last updated: 2018-09-13Bibliographically approved
Berketa, K., Lundman, M., Dragija Ivanovic, M. & Golub, K. (2017). The importance of quality classification and subject indexing of health information in public libraries: A comparative analysis. In: Paavo Arvola, Tanja Hintsanen, Serafia Kari, Soile Kolehma, Shan Luolin, Jasmiina Sillanpää (Ed.), Improving Quality of Life Through Information: Proceedings of the XXV Bobcatsss Symposium, Tampere, Finland, January 2017. Paper presented at XXV Bobcatsss Symposium, Tampere, Finland, January 2017 (pp. 131-136).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The importance of quality classification and subject indexing of health information in public libraries: A comparative analysis
2017 (English)In: Improving Quality of Life Through Information: Proceedings of the XXV Bobcatsss Symposium, Tampere, Finland, January 2017 / [ed] Paavo Arvola, Tanja Hintsanen, Serafia Kari, Soile Kolehma, Shan Luolin, Jasmiina Sillanpää, 2017, p. 131-136Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The general aim of this paper is to explore the practice of subject indexing and classification of health information in public libraries. The pilot study encompasses two public libraries, each from a different European country, Croatia and Sweden: Zadar Public Library, and Växjö Public Library. The research questions are: 1) how important is the terminology for subject headings; and, 2) how many subject terms are enough to describe an information resource in a catalog record? The research was done in two phases. First, an exploratory evaluation of subject searching in the catalogs was conducted. Second, after the analysis of the catalogs, questions for interviews were formed. Four semi-structured interviews were conducted, two per library, of which one interview with a subject librarian and one with a reference librarian. Finally, a comparative analysis between the two libraries from the two countries was con- ducted. Results imply that the subject headings and classification used were very generic and did not cater for specific, topically narrower queries. Also, subject indexing was considered important, especially to the librarians for searching purposes through ensuring consistency in the catalog, thereby making it easier to find resources on the same topics.

Keywords
classification, subject indexing, health information, public library
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Library and Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68106 (URN)978-952-03-0524-6 (ISBN)
Conference
XXV Bobcatsss Symposium, Tampere, Finland, January 2017
Available from: 2017-09-26 Created: 2017-09-26 Last updated: 2018-05-28Bibliographically approved
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