Edited by Karen E. Fisher, Sanda Erdelez, and Lynne E.F. McKechnie
"Theories of Information Behavior is much
more than a research guide. It is a compendium
and an encyclopedia of theories, philosophies, and
experiments in information behavior research
conducted over the past four decades or so. The
presentations are concise, and many are a delightful
read, written by protagonists of that research."
–Tefko Saracevic, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University
This unique book presents authoritative overviews of more than 70 conceptual frameworks for understanding how people seek, manage, share, and use information in different contexts. A practical and readable reference to both well-established and newly proposed theories of information behavior, the book includes contributions from 85 scholars from 10 countries. Each theory description covers origins, propositions, methodological implications, usage,
links to related conceptual frameworks, and listings of authoritative primary and secondary references. The introductory chapters explain key concepts, theory–method connections, and the process of theory development.