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Value Considerations in an Information Ecology: Printed Materials, Service Providers and Homeless Young People
 

Summary: Value Considerations in an Information Ecology:
Printed Materials, Service Providers and Homeless Young People
Jill Palzkill Woelfer, Corresponding Author Email: woelfj@u.washington.edu
Megan Wei-Man Yeung Email: yeungm@u.washington.edu
Candice Gail Erdmann Email: erdmannc@u.washington.edu
David G. Hendry Email: dhendry@u.washington.edu
All authors affiliated with the Information School, University of Washington, Seattle WA
98110
We demonstrate how value considerations can be used to analyze an information ecology that
has emerged to help homeless young people. We studied the information ecology of service
agencies that assist homeless young people, age 13 to 25. We focused on printed materials
used at the agencies and employed surveys and semi-structured interviews to gather data. Of
the printed materials considered, a flier with a map of all programs was reported to be most
important and distributed most frequently. Future work would further investigate distribution and
usability of these portable information sources and the values they embody.
Introduction
Ensign (2003) found that firsthand accounts can provoke strong emotions and curiosity about
the culture of homelessness. For example, consider the following account, "I was soon kicked
out of the house; my family who I loved to no end could no longer support me no matter how
hard I tried to make it a light job. And in my heart, I knew that my brother and sister deserved

  

Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences