LIS Model Theory Research Summary Extension

Hey all – I am going to extend the due date for the LIS Model/Theory Research Summary to September 22.

As I said in the video for this assignment, this is your first formal writing piece. Try not to stress too much – you are trying ideas on for size right now! This a way for you to start thinking about a throw or model and how it might apply to a specific information community. Go through each piece and write 2-3 sentences. You might break it down like this:

1. Name/Title of Model or Theory
2. Summarize the model or theory in your own words…then answer these questions:
3. Who developed the theory?
4. What questions or hypotheses lead to the development of the model or theory?
5. Is the model focused on a specific type of information behavior or type of community?
6. Describe how the model or theory provides a lens for understanding the information behaviors of your chosen community (if possible).
7. List the other scholars who have used the model or theory as a framework in their research. Briefly (very briefly!) describe those studies (or study) and what insights they give you about information behavior.


11 thoughts on “LIS Model Theory Research Summary Extension

  1. Alex Galdamez

    @michael For #7, I was trying to get access to some of the articles mentioned on the assignment page through the library. But I have to wait for them to be emailed to me. I’ve requested them, but do we need access to the full articles to do the assignment? Or do you think the description of the article is sufficient?

  2. Xixi

    Hi Professor @michael. First of all, thank you for the extension. Second, I had a question: is Chatman’s “information poverty” theory the same as “life in the round” theory? I know they work together, but if I were to choose one theory to analyze my information community, would it incorporate both or are they separate? Thanks!

    1. Rebecca Biega

      @zianadeen; I’ll be wading into the Chatman model for this assignment, too, so I’m tuned-in for Michael’s reply to your Q.
      My still-fuzzy understanding of her work is that she started with the idea of information poverty as a way to investigate and discuss people whose information behavior didn’t fit neatly with the established LIS models. I think information poverty was introduced in “The Impoverished Life-World of Outsiders” and then “Theory of Life in the Round” deepens her concepts specifically through interviews with female inmates. Am I fumbling in the right direction @michael?

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