Beyond 'Needy' Individuals: Conceptualizing Information Behavior

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Show simple item record Olsson, Michael en_US
dc.contributor.editor Grove, A en_US 2010-05-18T06:54:25Z 2010-05-18T06:54:25Z 2005 en_US
dc.identifier 2005001740 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Olsson Michael 2005, 'Beyond 'Needy' Individuals: Conceptualizing Information Behavior', American Society for Information Science and Technology, Silver Spring Maryland USA, pp. 1-17. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0-87715-536-4 en_US
dc.identifier.other E1 en_US
dc.description.abstract Understanding information users and their behavior is a question of central importance for information research and practice. The paper challenges several aspects of existing approaches to understanding information behaviour, including: the focus on individual cognition at the expense of social and affective factors; the construction of information users as defined by their areas of ignorance and uncertainty, rather than their expertise; and the focus on purposive rather than non-purposive information behavior. It argues that only by addressing these weaknesses and developing new research strategies and theoretical frameworks which focus attention on the social processes and relationships which underpin users information behavior can we hope to develop a truly holistic understanding of the relationship between people and information. It also argues that social constructivist approaches provide a theoretical lens through which information researchers can gain a clearer picture of information users not as needy individuals to be helped , but as social beings, experts in their own life-worlds. en_US
dc.publisher American Society for Information Science and Technology en_US
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version en_US
dc.title Beyond 'Needy' Individuals: Conceptualizing Information Behavior en_US
dc.parent Sparkling Synergies - Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology en_US
dc.journal.volume en_US
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation Silver Spring Maryland USA en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 17 en_US FASS.Creative Practices Group en_US
dc.conference en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.conference.location Charlotte, NC USA en_US
dc.for 160800 en_US
dc.personcode 970412 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US Sociology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.custom Sparkling Synergies - Bringing Reserach and Practice Together en_US 20051028 en_US
dc.location.activity Charlotte, NC USA en_US
dc.staffid 970412 en_US

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