Describing Your Community

Greetings all – I think it would be useful for the next  assignments for all of you to work on refining your description of your information community. You wrote a blog post a few weeks ago:

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, as well as other readings and resources described in the lectures.

However, you might want to revisit the description a bit as you go forward. Note the major assignments call for this in their Introductions:

Information Sources Survey: Introduction.  Based on your reading in the secondary literature and exploration of your community, describe your chosen information community and the types of information sought and valued by its members.

Literature Review Matrix: Define the Information Community and explain the significance of studying the information behaviors of this group (e.g. why is this research important).

Research Paper: Introduction.  Identify the information community being studied and why an examination of this group is significant.  This opening section should conclude with an overview of what topics related to the information needs and information-seeking behaviors of the community the paper will address.  

A successful description for the assignments addresses who the community is, what information needs and behaviors they have, and should cite some of our foundational literature as well as your own pertinent, peer-reviewed resources.

Would some of you brave 200 folks like to share the descriptions you have crafted? I think it might inspire others.  Did anyone use a good citation for an article that defines community beyond Block and D&B? Please share.


6 thoughts on “Describing Your Community

  1. Teresa Chung


    Hello! Hope you’re enjoying some glorious fall weather up there in Michigan.

    So, this latest post. Am I meant to infer that I’m spending too much time theorizing why some adults with dyslexia may not be part of an information community as defined by Fisher and Bishop, that is, a community formed around dyslexia-related information?

    I do promise to get to adults with dyslexia who do form an information community in the way they define it in future posts. — Adding that content to the most recent post would have made it even longer than it already is. —

    Just wondering.

      1. Teresa Chung

        @michael Actually, I was wondering about my Blog Post #3. Which one might argue doesn’t really describe an information community, as defined by Fisher and Bishop. Instead, it explores some reasons why some adults with dyslexia might not be active members of an information community as they define it.

        Am I spending too much time on this angle? Course corrections are always welcome!

        Interestingly, in my search for online resources for adults with dyslexia, I keep coming across statements by adults with dyslexia themselves that there’s not enough out there for them. Most information sources focus on children with dyslexia, and are intended for their parents and other family members, but little about and for adults with dyslexia.

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