Researching information experience : object and domain

Partridge, Helen L. & Yates, Christine (2014) Researching information experience : object and domain. In Bruce, Christine S., Davis, Kate, Hughes, Hilary E., Partridge, Helen L., & Stoodley, Ian D. (Eds.) Information Experience : Approaches to Theory and Practice. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley.

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Information experience has emerged as a new and dynamic field of information research in recent years. This chapter will discuss and explore information experience in two distinct ways:

(a) as a research object, and;

(b) as a research domain.

Two recent studies will provide the context for this exploration. The first study investigated the information experiences of people using social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) during natural disasters. Data was gathered by in-depth semi-structured interviews with 25 participants, from two areas affected by natural disasters (i.e., Brisbane and Townsville). The second study investigated the qualitatively different ways in which people experienced information literacy during a natural disaster. Using phenomenography, data was collected via semi-structured interviews with 7 participants. These studies represent two related yet different investigations. Taken together the studies provide a means to critically debate and reflect upon our evolving understandings of information experience, both as a research object and as a research domain. This chapter presents our preliminary reflections and concludes that further research is needed to develop and strengthen our conceptualisation of this emerging area.

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ID Code: 65622
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: information experience, qualitative research, information literacy, research domain, research object, library and information studies, natural disasters
ISBN: 9781783508150
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Deposited On: 03 Jan 2014 01:42
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 09:43

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