A Study on the Development of Internet-based Information Services for the Older Adults

노인들을 위한 인터넷기반 정보서비스 구축에 관한 연구

  • 장혜란 (상명대학교 사회과학부 문헌정보학과)
  • Published : 2002.12.01


Information service for the aged is a new challenge for public libraries in Korea. To develop an internet-based information service at public library perspectives, information sources, information need, and information seeking and using behavior are investigated. Interview survey is performed to 1060 adults aged 60 and over. Finding revealed that the respondents led to few channels to information except for mass media and informal oral communication. It ascertain ways in which 23% of the respondents currently use internet, and identify barriers of nonusers. The information need of the elderly are diverse, but health/medicine, news, hobbies, religion, leisure/travel are most identified need in descending order. Based on data analysis and previous research results, a cooperative service model consisting of information contents, online reference, interface design, and education is developed. Finally problems and suggestions for future improvement are discussed.

노인들을 위한 정보서비스는 우리나라 공공도서관의 새로운 도전이다. 공공도서관을 주체로 하는 인터넷기반 노인정보서비스를 개발하기 위하여 노인들의 정보원 정보요구 그리고 정보이용 현황을 조사하였다. 1060명의 노인에 대한 면접조사를 수행하여 분석한 결과, 노인들은 대중매체와 비공식 구두 커뮤니케이션을 선호하며, 요구정보는 건강의료, 뉴스, 취미, 종교, 레저여행의 순서로 나타났다. 23%에 해당하는 인터넷 이용 노인들의 활용현황과 인터넷 비이용자들의 장애요인을 식별하였다. 분석결과와 선행연구를 기초로 하여, 정보개발 참고봉사 인터페이스 교육 등으로 구성된 서비스 개발 모델과 협동운영방식을 제안하였고 향후 발전을 위한 문제점과 개선방안을 제시하였다.


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