Getting Stared with…Choosing Your Community

This is the first of several “Getting Started posts. This one will help you with:

  • Blog Post #2: Description of Information Community you are choosing to explore for the course and the research paper. Due 9/17

All of the assignments this semester will center on the information needs and information-seeking behaviors of the Information Community you choose as your focus within the first few weeks of term. Using LIS databases and other pertinent information sources, you will locate secondary sources about your Information Community’s information needs and information-seeking behaviors for use in blog posts and formal assignments. Researching and synthesizing the information needs and information-seeking behaviors of your focus community requires a balance in objectivity and affinity for the information community you select. For example, a crucial part of your research paper will be to not only investigate your information community, but also apply relevant information behavior theories to frame your findings. Some students have chosen communities because of a great interest, current participation in or a fascination with the community but have had difficulty meeting the assignment requirements focused on information seeking and behavior. 

As you work on your community description, you may find inspiration from our assignment synthesis example.

Click here to read Blog Post #2 from INFO 200 student Lucy Palasek, She then used versions of the description, further expanded with citations as her research in the literature progressed, in the more formal assignments.

Action Items:

  • Join the Choosing your Community group and share in the discussion.
  • Complete the readings and view the recordings provided through Module #3 over the next two weeks, which should provide you with a solid understanding of the definition of an information community, information needs, and information-seeking behaviors.
  • Email or message @michael with questions or thoughts on your community as needed.
  • Read over the Assignment Helper: Choosing Your Community closely.
  • Read over the assignment synthesis example to see how it all fits together.

Then work on your blog post using the Assignment Helper: Reflection Blogging. Here’s the bit for Post #2:

Blog Post #2: Describe the Information Community you are choosing to explore for the course and the research paper. Utilize Durrance and Fisher’s definition and characteristics of Information Communities to describe your choice to the class.

  • Be sure to cite Durrance & Fisher from our course materials as part of your description as well as other readings and resources featured in the lectures.
  • What connections do you see between your chosen community and the definition of information communities?
  • Cite other course resources or your own preliminary research as needed.


(Image: Istanbul shopping district, 2011)

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