Validation and evaluation of Persian children\'s digital library interfaces

Iranian Journal of Information Processing & Management. 2016;32(1):195-218


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Journal Title: Iranian Journal of Information Processing & Management

ISSN: 2251-8223 (Print); 2251-8231 (Online)

Publisher: Iranian Research Institute for Information and Technology

LCC Subject Category: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources

Country of publisher: Iran, Islamic Republic of

Language of fulltext: Persian

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Safieh Hosseini ( Ferdowsi University of Mashhad )

Atefeh Sharif ( Ferdowsi University of Mashhad )

Mohsen Nokarizi ( Ferdowsi University of Mashhad )


Double blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 18 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The aim of this study was to evaluate the children Persian digital libraries’ user interface based on the criteria extracted from the literature. In this regard, survey and evaluation methods were employed. The data was gathered using a researcher made checklist. The initial checklist was consisted of 21 categories (including designing, presentation, simplicity, consistency, guidance, navigation, user control, language, error correction, interaction, feedback, search, learnability, user support, reduction of user memory load, user background, compatibility, system status observation, coincidence between the system and real-world, flexibility and personalization) and 171 criteria. After validating the checklist by some experts and determining the desired point (point 4 out of 5), the final list including 17 categories and 97 criteria was used to assess the user interfaces of the selected children digital libraries (ICDL, Tebyan, Meli, Koodakan, Jameh Majazi, the Jazireh of Danesh, Ketabak and Koodakaneh). Results showed that among the criteria examined, "clearly presented and understandable terms Help and FAQ" of the language categories with an average of 4.55 out of 5 and "Avoid the underlined text next to the links" from the category of designing with an average of 2.96 out of 5, respectively, were the highest and lowest points. Final ranking of libraries showed the National Children's Digital Library was in the first place, followed closely by Ketabak digital library (72 %). After that Jazireh of Danesh (67%), Koodakaneh (47%), Tebyan (44%), Jameh Majazi (44%), and Koodakan (32%) were appeared.