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The purpose of this book is to open a conversation on the idea of information experience, which we understand to be a complex, multidimensional engagement with…
The purpose of this book is to open a conversation on the idea of information experience, which we understand to be a complex, multidimensional engagement with information. In developing the book we invited colleagues to propose a chapter on any aspect of information experience, for example conceptual, methodological or empirical. We invited them to express their interpretation of information experience, to contribute to the development of this concept. The book has thus become a vehicle for interested researchers and practitioners to explore their thinking around information experience, including relationships between information experience, learning experience, user experience and similar constructs. It represents a collective awareness of information experience in contemporary research and practice. Through this sharing of multiple perspectives, our insights into possible ways of interpreting information experience, and its relationship to other concepts in information research and practice, is enhanced. In this chapter, we introduce the idea of information experience. We also outline the book and its chapters, and bring together some emerging alternative views and approaches to this important idea.
The article aims to review a university course, offered to students in both Australia and Germany, to encourage them to learn about designing, implementing, marketing and…
The article aims to review a university course, offered to students in both Australia and Germany, to encourage them to learn about designing, implementing, marketing and evaluating information programs and services in order to build active and engaged communities. The concepts and processes of Web 2.0 technologies come together in the learning activities, with students establishing their own personal learning networks (PLNs).
The case study examines the principles of learning and teaching that underpin the course and presents the students' own experiences of the challenges they faced as they explored the interactive, participative and collaborative dimensions of the web.
The online format of the course and the philosophy of learning through play provided students with a safe and supportive environment for them to move outside of their comfort zones, to be creative, to experiment and to develop their professional personas. Reflection on learning was a key component that stressed the value of reflective practice in assisting library and information science (LIS) professionals to adapt confidently to the rapidly changing work environment.
This study provides insights into the opportunities for LIS courses to work across geographical boundaries, to allow students to critically appraise library practice in different contexts and to become active participants in wider professional networks.
In this closing chapter the editors review key themes that have emerged through the book. We recognize the varied and dynamic nature of information experience across…
In this closing chapter the editors review key themes that have emerged through the book. We recognize the varied and dynamic nature of information experience across multiple contexts, and present our own conceptualization of information experience. Finally, we consider possible future directions for information experience research.
The purpose of this paper is to contribute to discourse around use of Twitter in libraries, and in particular to highlight the value of using Twitter beyond broadcast of…
The purpose of this paper is to contribute to discourse around use of Twitter in libraries, and in particular to highlight the value of using Twitter beyond broadcast of marketing messages.
This paper is an opinion piece designed to initiate conversations about the applications of Twitter for customer service and community building, as well as its role as a ground for information experience.
The authors suggest that libraries should look to other industries for examples of Twitter as a channel for customer service delivery. Further, they suggest that social media can aid in community building, which is a fundamental role for libraries of all types. Finally, they suggest that social media spaces are sites for information experience, and that libraries must seek to understand the nature of those information experiences if they are to harness the full potential of social media.
The paper highlights the value of libraries using Twitter beyond the broadcasting of marketing messages.
– The purpose of this article is to report on a research project that explored social media best practice in the public library sector.
The purpose of this article is to report on a research project that explored social media best practice in the public library sector.
The primary research approach for the project was case study. Two organisations participated in case studies that involved interviews, document analysis, and social media observation.
The two case study organisations use social media effectively to facilitate participatory networks, however, there have been challenges surrounding its implementation in both organisations. Challenges include negotiating requirements of governing bodies and broader organisational environments, and managing staff reluctance around the implementations. As social media use continues to grow and libraries continue to take up new platforms, social media must be considered to be another service point of the virtual branch, and indeed, for the library service as a whole. This acceptance of social media as being core business is critical to the successful implementation of social media based activities.
The article provides an empirically grounded discussion of best practice and the conditions that support it. The findings are relevant for information organisations across all sectors and could inform the development of policy and practice in other organisations. This paper contributes to the broader dialogue around best practice in participatory service delivery and social media use in library and information organisations.
Research around social media has focused on the usage of tools rather than the conditions that allow staff to use social media to reach users effectively. This research fills the gap by exploring the organisational culture that allows staff to use social media in order to develop a participatory library service.
This chapter highlights the varied scope of research in the emerging information experience domain. First, I share my perspective as educator-researcher on information…
This chapter highlights the varied scope of research in the emerging information experience domain. First, I share my perspective as educator-researcher on information experience and its association with informed learning. Then, in six methodological snapshots I present a selection of qualitative approaches which are suited to investigating information experience. The snapshots feature: action research, constructivist grounded theory, ethnomethodology, expanded critical incident approach, phenomenography and qualitative case study. By way of illustration, six researchers explain how and why they use one of these methods. Finally, I review the key characteristics of the six methods and their respective benefits for information experience research.