An introduction to information behavior

For Immediate Release
Wed, 11/04/2015


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — “Introduction to Information Behaviour,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is an essential primer for students and practitioners interested in information seeking, needs and behavior, user studies and information literacy. Nigel Ford uses a combination of theory and practical context to map out what information behavior is and what we currently know about it, before addressing how it can be better understood in the future. He argues that new understandings of information behavior research may help maximize the quality and effectiveness of the way information is presented, sought, discovered, evaluated and used. Case studies are included throughout the text and each chapter concludes with a roundup of what has been covered, highlighting the implications for professional information practice. Key topics covered include:

  • defining information behavior and why is it useful to know about it;
  • information needs;
  • information seeking and acquisition;
  • collaborative information behavior;
  • factors affecting information behavior;
  • models and theories of information behavior;
  • research approaches and methodologies;
  • designing information systems;
  • and the future trajectory of information behavior research and practice.

Ford is professor of information science at Sheffield University, UK and is currently deputy director of the Information School's Centre for Information Literacy Research. He has taught information behavior at undergraduate and Masters level for 30 years and is a leading researcher in the field, with an extensive publication record spanning journals and books.

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