ERIC Number: EJ908474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
Culture, Gender and Subjectivities: Computer and Internet Restrictions in a High School Library
Brown, Tara M.
Journal of Access Services, v4 n3-4 p1-26 2006
This paper is drawn from an empirical, ethnographic study of information and communications technologies (ICT) use among thirteen, low-income twelfth-graders attending a large urban high school and focuses on participants' ICT access in the school library. It examines how library staff members' cultural and gendered perceptions shaped ICT restrictions in ways that disproportionately impacted students of color, boys, and boys of color and how institutional factors helped to create conditions under which subjectivities served as guideposts for managing scarce resources. I argue that some restrictions were unfounded, unnecessarily impeded these students' ICT use and access and created avoidable tensions between students and library staff.
Descriptors: Ethnography, School Libraries, Library Policy, Use Studies, User Satisfaction (Information), Access to Information, Access to Computers, Internet, Organizational Climate, Organizational Culture, High School Students, Interviews, Student Experience, Racial Bias, Disadvantaged Youth, Gender Differences, Cultural Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 12
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