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Information behaviour of music record collectors

Margree, P., MacFarlane, A., Price, L. & Robinson, L. (2014). Information behaviour of music record collectors. Information Research: an international electronic journal, 19(4),


Introduction: Using Stebbins's concept of 'serious leisure' and Savolainen's concept of 'everyday life information practices', this study explores the information behaviour of music record collectors.

Method: An ethnographic approach was used for the study; the main data collection instrument was in-depth, semi-structured interviews with eight record collectors based in and around London, carried out in participants' homes, combined with photographs of their collections and observation of their use of preferred Websites.

Analysis: Qualitative analysis was carried out on the survey, with triangulation through conversations with other record collectors, visits to record shops, and examination of some Websites named by participants.

Results: The results reveal distinctive information behaviour for record collectors, with specialist knowledge, and a variety of information sources. The Internet has had, and continues to have, a profound effect on both information gathering and acquisition.

Conclusions: The study shows that record collectors are exemplars of serious leisure practitioners, with distinct information behaviour. The results add to the knowledge of serious leisure as a topic for study within information science.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Library & Information Science
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