International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies
Editor-in-Chief: Albright, Kendra S. / Bothma, Theo J.D.
IMPACT FACTOR increased in 2015: 0.339
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.469
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.489
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 1.016
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2015: 0.730
Multiple Cultures, Multiple Intelligences: Applying Cognitive Theory to Usability of Digital Libraries
1James C. Kirkpatrick Library, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO, USA
Citation Information: Libri. Volume 56, Issue 4, Pages 227–238, ISSN (Print) 0024-2667, DOI: 10.1515/LIBR.2006.227, January 2008
- Published Online:
Digital libraries are increasingly serving a worldwide audience. Persons of different cultural backgrounds can hold diverse perceptions of what constitutes an effective, efficient and satisfying information-seeking experience, and digital library design therefore grows more complex when its user population traverses cultural boundaries. This paper reviews the state of research on cross-cultural digital library usability and identifies reasons for lack of progress in the field. An improved framework is proposed to support the discussion and evaluation of subjective cultural factors in a deeper, more systematic fashion. The cognitive theory of Howard Gardner, multiple intelligences theory, is explored as one potential framework for exploring cross-cultural digital library usability. Each component of Gardner's theory is introduced, placed in a cultural context, and then briefly reviewed in terms of its potential application to digital libraries. Alternative frameworks, particularly the cultural dimensions theory of Geert Hofstede, are also introduced. Multiple intelligences theory is found to be helpful for under standing the nature of cultural variables, but not readily translatable into operational design principles for digital libraries. Combining multiple intelligences cognitive theory with cultural theory and global HCI design principles may prove a useful direction for future research.
Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.