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!

Image: Okay, I am a long time Logan’s Run fan. Here’s a shot of the MODEL of the city!

8 thoughts on “Models! Models!

  1. Samuel Urfer

    In my latest blog post, I go over a model Darby & Clough (2013) developed to describe the information behavior of genealogists, which may be applicable to other communities:

    Darby, P., & Clough, P. (2013). Investigating the information-seeking behaviour of genealogists and family historians. Journal of Information Science, 39(1), 73–84. DOI:

  2. Angela B

    I am looking at translators as an info community, and this article has a nice flow chart model titled “Model of task influence on translators’ information seeking” on page 592. They list “intrinsic” and “extrinsic” factors that affect the characteristics of a task – then task leads to info-seeking.

    White, M. D., Matteson, M., & Abels, E.G. (2008). Beyond dictionaries: Understanding information behavior of professional translators. Journal of Documentation, 64(4), 576-601.

    They reference elements of models in these 2 studies:

    Byström, K. (2002). Information and information sources in tasks of varying complexity. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 53(7), 581-591.

    Vakkari, P. (1999). Task complexity, problem structure and information actions: Integrating studies on information seeking and retrieval. Information Processing & Management, 35(6), 819-837.
    This one has a nice model drawn on page 830.

  3. Monica Manning

    My information community is prisoners. I find that Chatman’s theory (which can be found in our readings) fits in very well. Her article below is a closer look at the theory and how it applies specifically to prisoners. It’s a very interesting read! It seems a lot of researchers looking at information needs and behaviors of prisoners follow Chatman’s theory.

    Chatman, E. (1999). A theory of life in the round. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 50(3), 207-217.

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