Information Technology and Libraries, American Library Association, March 2005, 24, 1, 4-12.
HCIL-2004-24, CS-TR-4650, UMIACS-TR-2005-11
We describe the challenges encountered in building the International Children's Digital
Library, a freely available online library of children's literature. These challenges include
selecting and processing books from different countries, handling and presenting multiple
languages simultaneously, and addressing cultural differences. Unlike other digital
libraries that present content from one or a few languages and cultures, and focus on
either adult or child audiences, the ICDL must serve a multi-lingual, multi-cultural,
multi-generational audience. We present our research as a case study for addressing these
design criteria and describe our current solutions and plans for future work.