Module 3: Information Seeking Behavior- Theoretical Overview

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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. Many researchers have explored various ways in which people interact with information. Theories and models of information behavior, such as those by Carol Collier Kuhlthau, Marcia J. Bates and Brenda Dervin, illuminate the process of seeking, gathering, encountering, and utilizing information.  

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Note: Some of the articles you will be reading this term were published years ago (sometimes decades ago!), but because they are foundational pieces, and because this is a foundational class, we are assigning them so that you know the important articles in our field to which many more recent articles will refer.

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