Welcome to Module 4: Exploring Information Behaviors

For this module we explore more information behavior theory and look at how theories and models are used to understand various information communities. Some information behavior theories explain the various stages of the search process, while those like Everyday Life Information Seeking (ELIS) frame information needs within the context of the human experience. Others typify the experience of those immersed in leisure pursuits.

Action Items:

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

  • Blog Post #3: Report on the information-seeking behavior and information needs of chosen community. 9/29
  • Blog Post #4: Summarize one of the peer-reviewed articles relating to your information community you’ve found. 10/20 (updated date)
  • Blog Post #5: Explore how libraries and information centers create learning and programming opportunities for your chosen community. 11/3
Major Assignment Due Dates: 

4 thoughts on “Welcome to Module 4: Exploring Information Behaviors

  1. Laura Hayes Zupan

    Thank you @michael! Just watched your lecture and I am curious as to whether anyone has studied if/how Dresang’s ideas about how young people search for information follows those folks into adulthood – I am thinking about how both the multi-tasking and creating identity by sharing information could certainly apply to those in my generation of older millennials as well 🙂 I was born in the late 80s.

    1. Michael Stephens Post author

      @laurazupan LIS researchers have used Dresang’s work for other studies and I took a look at some in the databases and Google scholar. It looks as though many have focused on youth! What an interesting idea to explore – might be worth some more searches to see if anyone has applied it to adults.

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