[Siguse-l] Message #7: The Literature - An Information Behavior Handbook
jenna.hartel at utoronto.ca
Thu Nov 10 12:55:44 EST 2011
The whirlwind of the /ASIS&T/ annual meeting has passed. It was great to
have SIG-USErs altogether at so many excellent sessions. This post
forges onward through the The Literature of information behavior and
focuses on a resource that is very special to SIG-USE.
It is the handbook///Theories of Information Behavior /
& McKechnie, 2005) or /TIB/, for short. A /handbook /is a reference
genre that places emphasis on "how to" directions. The content of a
handbook is much more concisely written than a journal article or
encyclopedia entry. In this case, /TIB/ contains succinct introductions
to metatheories, theories, and models of information behavior. The
preface states it is intended as "a researcher's guide, a practical
overview of both well-established and newly proposed conceptual
frameworks that one may use to study different aspects of information
behavior" (p. xx).
/TIB/ is special because it was produced by SIG-USE in an unprecedented,
grassroots, collaborative effort. The three editors Karen Fisher
Lynne E. F. McKechnie
are /über/-dynamic scholars in the heyday of their academic careers.
Utilizing an early version of this SIG-USE mailing list they invited
community members to nominate and then write-up theories for inclusion.
Submissions were peer-reviewed and the collection was published by
Information Today. Proceeds from the sale of /TIB/ are channeled back
into SIG-USE and its awards program.
The handbook opens with introductory statements by Marcia J. Bates,
Brenda Dervin, and Tom Wilson. Next are entries on 72 individual
metatheories/theories/models by an expert and/or enthusiast. Each short
article addresses origins, propositions, methodological implications,
use, related conceptual frameworks, and authoritative primary and
secondary references. You will encounter oldies-but-goodies (Anomalous
State of Knowledge, Berrypicking, Information Search Process,
Sense-Making) as well as novel approaches (Symbolic Violence, Women's
Ways of Knowing, Bandura's Social Cognition).
Here are illustrated instructions
<http://www.jennahartel.com/tibinstructions.html> from an editor on how
to use /TIB/.
This is a great handbook for scholars, teachers, students, and
research-minded practitioners, too. When not on my shelf of information
<http://www.jennahartel.com/information-behavior-bookshelf.html>, it has
a place on my desk.
Next week's post is the last about The Literature of information
behavior. We have reconnoitered a great encyclopedia
<http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9780849397127>, annual literature
review <http://www.asis.org/Publications/ARIST/>, textbook
and handbook <http://books.infotoday.com/asist/theorofinbeh.shtml>. What
will be covered in the last post?Stay tuned!If you think any
literature-related resource(s) has been overlooked, this SIG-USE mailing
list is the place to squawk
Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Fisher, K. E., Erdelez S., & McKechnie, E. F. (Eds.) (2005). /Theories
of Information Behavior/. Medford, NJ: Information Today.
Jenna Hartel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
140 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G6
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