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Immersive information behaviour: using the documents of the future

Lyn Robinson (Centre for Information Science, City University London, London, UK)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Article publication date: 9 March 2015




The purpose of this paper is to present the case for studies of information behaviour in the use of immersive documents. Immersive documents, where unreality is perceived as reality, arise from a combination of rapidly developing technologies and applications: pervasive and networked information, multi-sensory interaction and the creation of participatory texts.


A critical and selective analysis of relevant literature is presented.


Immersive documents are likely to have a significant effect on library/information service provision, as it is to expected that novel information behaviours will emerge as these documents become widely used. Studies of immersive information behaviour and practices will be valuable in planning for how library/information services can best provide access to such documents, and may also guide the development of such documents. They may also contribute to the development of information behaviour research generally, and to better interaction between research and practice.

Research limitations/implications

As such documents are not yet in wide use, the conclusions are necessarily speculative.


This is the first paper to discuss information behaviour in respect of immersive documents.



Robinson, L. (2015), "Immersive information behaviour: using the documents of the future", New Library World, Vol. 116 No. 3/4, pp. 112-121.



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