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?