[Siguse-l] Message #8: The Literature – Information Research

Jenna Hartel jenna.hartel at utoronto.ca
Mon Nov 21 08:05:00 EST 2011

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Dear SIG-USErs,

This final post on the introductory theme of “The Literature” turns 
attention to a resource containing a high concentration of articles on 
information behavior.

/Information Research/ <http://informationr.net/ir/> (/IR/) is a 
web-based, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to “making accessible the 
results of research across a wide range of information-related 
disciplines.” It is privately published by Professor T.D. Wilson 
<http://informationr.net/tdw/>, professor emeritus of the University of 
Sheffield, with in-kind support from Lund University Libraries and the 
Swedish School of Library and Information Science.

The subject index of /IR/ <http://informationr.net/ir/irsindex.html#i> 
lists 65 articles on information behavior, not to mention others within 
the related topics of information need, information seeking behavior, 
and information use.

According to Professor Wilson, with whom I recently spoke at the ASIS&T 
Annual Meeting in New Orleans,/IR/ is associated with information 
behavior scholarship because it has published the proceedings of the 
Information Seeking in Context conference since 2004. (Students, this is 
a /fantastic/ development; earlier proceedings were only available in an 
expensive and hard-to-come-by print volume.)

Here are quick links to the ISIC materials:

·*Fifth ISIC conference, Dublin, 2004**,*/Information Research/, Volume 
10, Number 1 <http://informationr.net/ir/10-1/infres101.html>and Number 
2 <http://informationr.net/ir/10-2/infres102.html>

·*Sixth ISIC conference, Sydney, 2006**,*/Information Research/, Volume 
11, Number 4 <http://informationr.net/ir/11-4/infres114.html>and Volume 
12, Number 1 <http://informationr.net/ir/12-1/infres121.html>

·*Seventh ISIC conference, Vilnius, 2008**,*/Information Research/, 
Volume 13, Number 4 <http://informationr.net/ir/13-4/isic08.html>

·*Eighth ISIC conference, Murcia, 2010**,*/Information Research/, Volume 
15, Number 4 <http://informationr.net/ir/15-4/infres154.html>and Volume 
16 Number 1 <http://informationr.net/ir/16-1/infres161.html>

In addition to the ISIC proceedings, through the years /IR/ has been the 
site of important developments in our research community. The journal 
hosted an discussion between Professor Wilson and Reijo Savolainen about 
“the behaviour/practice debate 
<http://informationr.net/ir/14-2/paper403.html> ”.As well, Marcia Bates’ 
writings that sparked a public exchange with Birger Hjørland appeared in 
/IR/ (see my prior post, Message #4 – Newsflash 
/Information Research/ has also significantly expanded the information 
behavior specialty around the world 
by its open access, international editorial board and associates, and 
decision to publish articles in languages other than English.

The next theme is “The History” and will be a riveting tour of 
foundational publications on information behavior that all devotees of 
the topic should know and love <http://www.jennahartel.com/love.html>.

Jenna Hartel

Jenna Hartel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
140 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G6
website: www.jennahartel.com

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