Welcome to Module 3: Information Seeking Behavior

Welcome to Module 3! Information – creation, accession, consumption, and dissemination – pervades everything we do and is a foundational characteristic of information communities. From studying the information seeking behaviors of varied and diverse populations to analyzing information activities in online settings, the importance of the exchange is foundational to understanding libraries, emerging information technologies and design, and the management of knowledge in organizations. We’re moving closer to each of you choosing an information community to study and this module may further inform your decision. I would urge you to start broad and narrow, as appropriate, over the course of the semester as you gain your footing in research and writing about your information community. Please be patient and open-minded as you approach the blog posts and the larger writing assignments (Information Sources Survey, Literature Review Matrix, Research Paper). A few students last semester decided mid-term to change direction or completely abandoned their initial information community. We do have that flexibility in case things aren’t falling into place.

Action Items:

Class Assignment Chat:

Students are encouraged to attend if schedules allow. The session will be recorded.

Blog Reports Due Dates: (Full blog report descriptions are here.)

  • Blog Post #2: Describe the Information Community you are choosing to explore for the course and the research paper. UPDATE: 2/16
  • Blog Post #3: Report on the information-seeking behavior and information needs of chosen community. 3/1
  • Blog Post #4: Summarize one of the peer-reviewed articles relating to your information community you’ve found. 3/8
  • Blog Post #5: Explore how libraries and information centers create learning and programming opportunities for your chosen community. 4/26
Major Assignment Due Dates: 

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