Digital library access for illiterate users

Deo, S. J., Nichols, D. M., Cunningham, S. J., Witten, I. H., Trujillo, M. F. (2004) Proc 2004 International Research Conference on Innovations in Information Technology (IIT2004), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 506-516. UAE University, United Arab Emirates.

The problems that illiteracy poses in accessing information are gaining attention from the research community. Issues currently being explored include developing an understanding of the barriers to information acquisition experienced by different groups of illiterate information seekers; creating technology, such as software interfaces, that support illiterate users effectively; and tailoring content to increase its accessibility. We have taken a formative evaluation approach to developing and evaluating a digital library interface for illiterate users. We discuss modifications to the Greenstone platform, describe user studies and outline resulting design implications.