Information Behaviour Theory – led by Lisa Given

Tuesday 9 April, 2013

For our April workshop, Professor Lisa Given presented an introduction to the theory and research approaches used in the area of Information Behaviour research. She discussed her own research, as well as key trends in the area – with a particular focus on implications for interdisciplinary research, including with the field of education and with digital technologies.

The following literature informed the discussion during the workshop:

Valenza, J. K. (2007). “It’d be really dumb not to use it”: Virtual libraries and high school students’ information-seeking and use: A focus group investigation. In M. K. Chelton & C. Cool (Eds.), Youth information seeking behaviors: Context, theories, models and issues (Vol. 2, pp. 207–255). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow.

Wilson, T. D. (2006a). On user studies and information needs. Journal of Documentation, 62, 658–670.

The following are some suggested further readings:

  • Fisher, K. E., Erdelez, S. & McKechnie, L. (E.F.) (Eds.). (2005). Theories of Information Behavior: A Researcher’s Guide. Medford, NJ: ASIST (Information Today, Inc.).
  • Nahl, D. , & Bilal, D. (Eds.). (2007). Information and Emotion: The Emergent Affective Paradigm in Information Behavior Research and Theory. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc.
  • Case, D. (Ed.). Looking for information: A survey of research on information seeking, needs, and behavior (3rd ed.). UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Click below for the audio recording of the workshop:

Alternatively, if you wish to download the file to listen at a later date, use the link below:



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