Friday, November 10, 2006

Discussion Topics for 10.13.06

Modeling the Information Seeking of Professionals: A General Model Derived From Research on Engineers, Health Care Professionals, and Lawyers

The authors of this article have created a model to help us understand the information seeking behavior of individuals in a variety of professions. Does the model presented lend itself to use within a variety of professions? In the changing corporate world of today, many employees move around the structure of a company when working on a different project. Does the redefinition of work roles or tasks change the way an individual might look for information?

In the sample professions listed, the authors noted that use of libraries was often lacking as the professionals tended to find their information from interpersonal sources. Looking at the barriers listed (time, lack of current resources, no professional library on site), how could a librarian work within the existing fields to get these information needs met? Are there creative ways that could be utilized?

2 Comments:

At 3:41 PM, Blogger Dan said...

I appologize...the date should be 11-13-06. I guess I don't want the semester to be over!

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger Belle And Sebastian said...

I think (based on my first-hand knowlege as the son of a nurse and an Bridge Designer), that if the information is at their finger-tips and is concise people of both professins will be more likely to use it.

The designers are a very insular community of people, and the nurses have very time-sensitive needs for their information. Therefore, I think meeting the information needs of both communities requires understanding not only the information needs but also the information culture of the professional community so that they can be approached in a way that is comfortable and useful for them.

 

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