Revised version in the Proceedings of ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital
Libraries (JCDL), Virginia, June 2001 (pp. 398-405).
HCIL-2000-18, CS-TR-4185, UMAICS-TR-2000-67
As more information resources become accessible using computers,
our digital interfaces to those resources need to be appropriate for all
people. However when it comes to digital libraries, the interfaces have
typically been designed for older children or adults. Therefore, we have
begun to develop a digital library interface developmentally appropriate for
young children (ages 5-10 years old). Our prototype system we now call
"QueryKids" offers a graphical interface for querying, browsing and
reviewing search results. This paper describes our motivation for the
research, the design partnership we established between children and adults,
our design process, the technology outcomes of our current work, and the
lessons we have learned.