Thematic analysis of the value of Kuhlthau’s work for the investigation of information behaviour in creative workspaces in academic libraries

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dc.contributor.author Meyer, Anika
dc.contributor.author Fourie, Ina
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-25T06:23:05Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-25T06:23:05Z
dc.date.issued 2017-03
dc.description.abstract INTRODUCTION. Studies of information behaviour can inform the design of information systems, services and creative workspaces. Creative workspaces are associated with access to tools, expertise, guidance, innovation and constructivist learning. The work of Kuhlthau on information seeking, the information search process (ISP) model, zones of intervention, and later with third space(s) might hold value for the exploitation of creative workspaces in academic libraries. METHOD. A thematic analysis of a selection of key publications of Kuhlthau is presented focusing on the value for creative workspaces. ANALYSIS. Publications were analysed according to key characteristics of creative workspaces using makerspaces as an example: applicability to diverse contexts; provision of access to tools, expertise, and skills; the provision of safe spaces; providing an open environment for expression; space to support a hands-on learning environment for guided and constructivist learning; and providing a space to cultivate character traits important to collective creativity. These were compared with information behaviour themes noted in the work of Kuhlthau. RESULTS. Various issues in the work of Kuhlthau hold potential for creative workspaces; acknowledgement of uncertainty, complexity of tasks, the need for sense-making, and affective and cognitive experiences throughout information searching, seeking and other information activities encompassed by information behaviour. CONCLUSION. Kuhlthau’s work can inform information behaviour studies that guide the development of creative workspaces in academic libraries. Specifically, with reference to the phases of creation, information seeking, information searches, thoughts, feelings, the development of zones of intervention, and third spaces. en_ZA
dc.description.department Information Science en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2017 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://informationr.net/ir en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Meyer, A. & Fourie, I. (2017). Thematic analysis of the value of Kuhlthau’s work for the investigation of information behaviour in creative workspaces in academic libraries In Proceedings of ISIC, the Information Behaviour Conference, Zadar, Croatia, 20-23 September, 2016: Part 2. Information Research, 22(1), paperisic1626). en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1368-1613
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/62920
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Professor T.D. Wilson en_ZA
dc.rights This is an open access article under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). en_ZA
dc.subject Information behaviour en_ZA
dc.subject Information search process en_ZA
dc.subject Academic libraries en_ZA
dc.subject Kuhlthau en_ZA
dc.subject Search process en_ZA
dc.subject Seeking behavior en_ZA
dc.subject Makerspaces en_ZA
dc.subject Literacy en_ZA
dc.subject Framework en_ZA
dc.subject Knowledge en_ZA
dc.subject Retrieval en_ZA
dc.subject Perceptions en_ZA
dc.subject Uncertainty en_ZA
dc.title Thematic analysis of the value of Kuhlthau’s work for the investigation of information behaviour in creative workspaces in academic libraries en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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