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Talking books and reading children: children describing their use of talking books
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science. (LinCS)
2013 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this report is to provide an enhanced understanding of young users (under the age of 18) of talking books and, with a basis of this understanding, to create a foundation for the further development of Swedish library services to this target group. This report is written on behalf of the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media. The study background is formulated in the Agency’s Children and Youth Strategy for 2012–2014, in which the implementation of a children’s perspective in the organisation is emphasised. Through this report, the Agency wants to explore how young users of talking books describe four themes 1) reading as an activity; 2) talking books; 3) ways of finding talking books; and 4) the services of their local libraries. The study is based on nine focus group conversations that were conducted by the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media and organised by four county libraries, and The Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired. A total of 51 children participated, including 30 boys and 21 girls aged 9 to 16 years. All participants had some form of print disability, such as dyslexia or visual impairment. The size of the groups ranged from 3 to 10 participants, and interviews lasted between half an hour to an hour and a quarter. The focus group data was analysed in three phases: first through an initial coding based on the four themes set out by the Agency; second by compiling how the groups described the themes of reading, talking books, ways of finding talking books and libraries, and identify similarities and differences in each theme. The results of this part of the analysis is presented in a separate chapter and illustrated with quotations from the conversations. The third phase of the analysis entails a discussion of the themes based on three theoretical concepts: the materiality of reading, remediation, and affordances.Three overall conclusions on how Swedish libraries could further develop its services to young users of talking books are drawn from the analysis: 1. To further develop their services to young users of talking books, Swedish libraries could focus on enhancing their work on children’s use of talking books. 2. One way to further develop the services to young users of talking books is to, on a national as well as a local level, encourage a critical discussion on why children should use talking books. 3. Finally, to further develop the services to young users of talking books, the importance of a professional approach to each individual encounter with potential and future users of talking books needs to be continuously emphasised.

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Johanneshov: Myndigheten för tillgängliga medier (MTM) , 2013.
Series
MTM's reports ; 1
Keywords [en]
talking books, user studies, children's libraries, school libraries, reading
Keywords [sv]
Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Library and Information Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-4583Local ID: 2320/12364ISBN: 978-91-981060-3-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-4583DiVA, id: diva2:883967
Note

Följande rapport är en översättning av Talande böcker och läsande barn: barn berättar om talboksanvändning http://bada.hb.se/handle/2320/12316 This report is a translation of the following report: Talande böcker och läsande barn: barn berättar om talboksanvändning http://bada.hb.se/handle/2320/12316

Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved

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