New Directions in Human Information Behavior

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Amanda Spink, Charles Cole
Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 31, 2006 - Computers - 254 pages
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New Directions in Human Information Behavior, co-edited by Drs. Amanda Spink and Charles Cole provides an understanding of the new directions, leading edge theories and models in human information behavior. Information behavior is conceptualized as complex human information related processes that are embedded within an individual’s everyday social and life processes.

The book presents chapters by an interdisciplinary range of scholars who show new  directions that often challenge the established views and paradigms of information behavior studies. Beginning with an evolutionary framework, the book examines information behaviors over various epochs of human existence from the Palaeolithic Era and within pre-literate societies, to contemporary behaviors by 21st century humans. Drawing upon social and psychological science theories the book presents a more integrated and holistic approach to the understanding of information behaviors that include multitasking and non-linear longitudinal processes, individuals’ information ground, information practices and information sharing, digital behaviors and human information organizing behaviors. The final chapter of the book integrates these new approaches and presents an overview of the key trends, theories and models for further research.

This book is directly relevant to information scientists, librarians, social and evolutionary psychologists. Undergraduate and graduate students, academics and information professionals interested in human information behavior will find this book of particular benefit.

 

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Contents

Introduction New Directions in Human Information Behavior
3
Evolutionary and Social HIB Frameworks
11
Emerging Evolutionary Approach to Human Information Behavior
13
Information Behavior in Preliterate Societies
33
Toward a Social Framework for Information Seeking
55
Spatial and Collaborative HIB Frameworks
71
Mapping Textually Mediated Information Practice in Clinical Midwifery Care
73
Information Grounds Theoretical Basis and Empirical Findings on Information Flow in Social Settings
93
Multitasking and Coordinating Framework for Human Information Behavior
137
A Nonlinear Perspective on Information Seeking
155
A Cognitive Framework for Human Information Behavior The Place of Metaphor in Human Information Organizing Behavior
171
The Digital Information Consumer
203
Integrating Framework and Further Research
229
Integrations and Further Research
231
Biographies of Authors
239
Index
247

Information Sharing
113
Multitasking Nonlinear Organizing and Digital Frameworks
135

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Affiliated with Loughborough University