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Information Behavior Patterns: A New Theoretical Perspective from an Empirical Study of Naturalistic Information Acquisition

Lee, L., Ocepek, M. and Makri, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-5817-4893 (2021). Information Behavior Patterns: A New Theoretical Perspective from an Empirical Study of Naturalistic Information Acquisition. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology,

Abstract

This empirical study offers a new theoretical perspective in information behavior research by identifying interrelationships between certain information behaviors. While previous work recognizes the iterative nature of information acquisition, information behavior research has so far been dominated by the identification and conceptual elaboration of discrete behaviors. We introduce the theoretical concept of ‘information behavior patterns’ to characterize the intricate connectedness of information interaction in an arts and crafts context. A qualitative study comprising naturalistic observation and semi-structured interviews with 20 arts and crafts hobbyists was conducted in two ‘browse-first’ information environments that support various forms of active and passive information acquisition: Pinterest and a brick-and-mortar crafts store. Findings revealed a variety of information behavior patterns across both environments. We illustrate several of these through in-depth discussions of two specific information acquisition sessions. We visualize observed patterns from these sessions to illustrate the interweaving of active, passive acquisition, and personal goals. Our findings demonstrate the complex interconnectedness of human information behavior, highlighting the importance of going beyond compartmentalizing behaviors into ‘buckets’ when trying to understand the complex, dynamic and evolving nature of information interaction.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Lee, L., Ocepek, M. and Makri, S. (2021). Information Behavior Patterns: A New Theoretical Perspective from an Empirical Study of Naturalistic Information Acquisition. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, which has been accepted for publication in Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Wiley. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Publisher Keywords: information behavior patterns, information behavior, information acquisition, arts and crafts, hobbyists
Subjects: N Fine Arts
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Computer Science
Date available in CRO: 15 Sep 2021 13:11
Date deposited: 15 September 2021
Date of acceptance: 1 July 2021
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/26755
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