Models! Models!

Hey all -I was thinking about your last two Blog Reports and all the connections made to information theories ands models. There were a few that were new to me! If you are inclined – and I think this will help everyone – please share a model or theory you cited in your work, discovered in your readings, or will be using in the paper. Share a citation too so others can follow up!

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18 thoughts on “Models! Models!

  1. Claire Huysentruyt

    If serious leisure plays a role in your information community, then I recommend the model Mansourian presents in his paper. It’s a clear and concise breakdown of serious leisure. His three main categories are Appreciators, Producers/Collectors, and Performers. He provides examples of each category and considers their information behavior.

    Mansourian, Y. (2020). How passionate people seek and share various forms of information in their serious leisure. Journal of Australian Library and Information Association. 69(1). 17-30.

  2. laural

    My information community is hikers, which would fall into “serious leisure”. I’ve discussed Hektor’s model of information behavior in my writing thus far. We read about it in Module 4 in the following article:

    Hartel, J., Cox, A. M., & Griffin, B. L. (2016). Information activity in serious leisure. Information Research, 21(4), paper728.

    The article presents Hektor’s model in terms of serious leisure, which is very helpful.

      1. Nikki Ryan

        I have been thinking about doing this for a while and wondered if it would be ok to include in an assignment at some point. I think it would help clarify a lot for my community as the LIS research doesn’t directly cover it. Is there a place it would naturally fit or should I do it ” just for fun?” lol

  3. Dorianne Shaffer

    Hi everyone. I found a model used to describe the info seeking behavior of academics. It was written in the 90’s but is still cited frequently in more recent literature and came out around the same time as other models discussed in class did. If anybody else is looking into info seekers in areas related higher education and academia it could be super helpful! I also have a more recent paper that evaluates how well the model holds up that could be helpful too.

    Ellis, D. (1993). Modeling the information-seeking patterns of academic researchers: A grounded theory approach. Library Quarterly, 63(4), 469–486.

    Meho, L. I., & Tibbo, H. R. (2003). Modeling the information-seeking behavior of social scientists: Ellis’s study revisited. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 54(6), 570–587.

  4. Zephorah Dove

    Hi guys. A little late to the post but I still wanted to chime in.

    My information community is English Language Learners and the model I found is the concept of information grounds which was introduced in Module 5. For language learners, almost every place they go to where they have to use the language to communicate with others can be considered an information ground.

    Another example of a model for the ELL community would also be information practices which includes four modes: active seeking, active scanning, non directed monitoring, and obtaining information by proxy.

    Fisher, K.E.; Naumer, C.M. Information grounds: theoretical basis and empirical findings on information flow
    in social settings. In New Directions in Human Information Behavior; Spink, A.; Cole, C., Eds.; Springer: Dordrecht, the Netherlands, 2006; 93–111.

    McKenzie, P.J. A model of information practices in accounts of everyday life information seeking. J. Doc.
    2003, 59 (1), 19–40.

    Savolainen, R. (2017). Everyday life information seeking. In J. D. McDonald, & M. Levine-Clark (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, (4th ed.). Retrieved from

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