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Immersive Information Behaviour; using the documents of the future

Robinson, L. (2015). Immersive Information Behaviour; using the documents of the future. New Library World: charting new developments, 116(3/4), pp. 112-121. doi: 10.1108/NLW-07-2014-0093


Purpose: Immersive documents, where unreality is perceived as reality, arise from a combination of rapidly developing technologies and applications: pervasive, networked information; multi-sensory interaction; and the creation of participatory texts. This paper presents the case for studies of information behaviour in the use of such documents.

Design/methodology/approach: A critical and selective analysis of relevant literature is presented.

Findings: Immersive documents are likely to have a significant effect on library/information service provision, as it is to expected that novel information behaviours will emerge as these documents become widely used. Studies of immersive information behaviour and practices will be valuable in planning for how library/information services can best provide access to such documents, and may also guide the development of such documents. They may also contribute to the development of information behaviour research generally, and to better interaction between research and practice.

Research limitations/implications: Since such documents are not yet in wide use, the conclusions are necessarily speculative.

Originality/value: This is the first paper to discuss information behaviour in respect of immersive documents.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Publisher Keywords: Immersive documents; Information behaviour
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Library & Information Science
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