Important: Article on Serious Leisure Activities and Info Behavior

Greetings all – we’ve had some good discussion in the Research Paper Q & A group. @jamiefredericksen and I discovered a new article that explores serious leisure activities and Hektor’s info behavior model. I wanted to share it for those of you who might want to take a look:

Here’s the abstract, which offers another way of writing and abstract you might want to examine as well:


Background. In the past decade, scholars of information science have started to conduct research on information behaviour in serious leisure. Presently, these studies lack common concepts and terms and empirical discoveries are not easy to assemble into theory.
Aim. This conceptual and methodological paper surveys the aforementioned research area and introduces Anders Hektor’s model of information behaviour in conjunction with the serious leisure perspective as a means to systematically study information behaviour in serious leisure.
Method. Three methods are employed. The first is a selective literature review and intellectual history of research into information behaviour in serious leisure. The second is a conceptual analysis of Hektor’s model that relates its key features to the serious leisure perspective. The third consists of a deductive audit of three forms of serious leisure (the liberal arts hobby, amateur musicianship, and the hobby of running), utilising the frameworks, concepts, and terms outlined in the paper.
Results. Studies of information behaviour in serious leisure have increased and deepened in the past decade, largely through idiographic case studies. Hektor’s model of information behaviour, with its locus in everyday life and precise delineation of eight information activities, can complement such research designs. A deductive audit guided by Hektor’s model illuminated information activities within the three forms of serious leisure and enabled comparative observations.
Conclusions. When combined with the serious leisure perspective, Hektor’s model enables research that is comparative and more precise. However, the extent to which this model captures physical or embodied information should be further examined.

13 thoughts on “Important: Article on Serious Leisure Activities and Info Behavior

  1. Profile photo of Kate Clem

    Too great…it’s disrupting my nice, orderly paper that is almost complete. 😉 I could rewrite sections of this thing with every new perspective I read! It must be hard to ever decide your research is conclusively finished…I’m gaining insight into the publishing, updating, and republishing I’ve observed in many authors’ work. I could dig into this community for much longer than the scope of this class!

    1. Profile photo of Jamie Fredericksen

      You said it perfectly @kjclem! Shook things up in a good way… But I feel the same, like it’s never quite done because there’s always a new connection to be made.

        1. Profile photo of Kate Clem

          @michael I’m celebrating the semester’s end by taking my family to the Bay Area Maker Faire, so I’ll get to check out my community up close! I’ve already used some of the research from this project at my daughter’s school to highlight the connections between making and education for a proposal to integrate our school’s tinkering lab and library down the line. I’m sure I’ll be coming back to it quite a bit!

    2. Profile photo of Elizabeth J Lee

      @kjclem & @michael Admittedly my paper was too far along as well for this article to frame my thoughts, but I did include it in the conclusion because it was too good to leave out! I was kind of amazed how similar Hektor’s model (with more of an arts focus) is to the progression of growth of science hobbyists seen in Corin, Jones, Andre, Childers, and Stevens 2017 article. I suppose the LIS field is small enough that theorists tend to be very well-versed in each others ideas, but it’s preferable to think that each of these studies are observing actual patterns in information seekers and, therefore, have similar models.

      Corin, E. N., Jones, G. N., Andre, T., Gina M. Childers, G. M. & Stevens, M. (2017). “Science hobbyists: active users of the science-learning ecosystem.” International Journal of Science Education, Part B, 7(2), 161-180, doi: 10.1080/21548455.2015.1118664

  2. Profile photo of Jennie

    Yes, this was a great article and helped in my literature review too. I think I can use more of this article’s information in the research paper.

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