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Understanding users’ information behaviors through information journals

Narayan, Bhuva (2008) Understanding users’ information behaviors through information journals. In American Library Association Annual Conference (ALA2008), 26 June - 2 July 2008, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Information behavior studies in the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) generally focus on one of many aspects of information behavior: information finding, information organizing, and information using. Information seeking is further specialized into information searching, information seeking, information foraging or information sense making. Spink and Cole (2006) highlighted the lack of integration across these various approaches and models of information behavior within LIS. Often, each approach provides a different language for similar processes (Spink & Cole, 2004), and it is sometimes hard for practicing information professionals to parse the various theories and models to see how they shape and affect the provision of information resources, services, and products. An integrated model of information behaviors that explains the key dimensions of how peoples’ contextual and situational dimensions affect their information needs and behavior will help information providers and LIS researchers alike with a framework that can help “depict and explain a sequence of behaviors by referring to relevant variables, rather than merely indicating a sequence of events… while indicating something about information needs and sources” (Case, 2002). This presentation presents an integrated model of peoples’ information behaviors based on research that studied participants’ information behaviors through a detailed daily information journal maintained for two weeks.

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ID Code: 40100
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Information seeking, Diary studies, Integrated model of Information behaviour, Human Information Behaviour
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Human Information Behaviour (080703)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2011 07:58
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2011 07:58

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