Copyright is retained by the authors: Sally Jo Cunningham, Erin K. Bennett.
Usability of Greenstone's ‘Librarian’ to create and maintain a digital library: The case of senior users
Article first published online: 3 FEB 2011
Copyright © 2010 by American Society for Information Science and Technology
Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Volume 47, Issue 1, pages 1–3, November/December 2010
How to Cite
Cunningham, S. J. and Bennett, E. K. (2010), Usability of Greenstone's ‘Librarian’ to create and maintain a digital library: The case of senior users. Proc. Am. Soc. Info. Sci. Tech., 47: 1–3. doi: 10.1002/meet.14504701373
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 3 FEB 2011
While Greenstone is a versatile tool for creating and managing digital collections, its interface is not well suited for senior users. As we age, our usability requirements for software change; the mismatch between interfaces designed for (and by) younger members of society and the interface usability requirements of the elderly can make software less usable for the elderly. This paper reports on an intensive usability study of the Greenstone ‘Librarian’ interface (supporting collection development and maintenance) with senior participants. The findings of this study contribute to a re-design of Greenstone for senior users.