Hedonistic information behaviour: Definition, scope and implications

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Hedonistic information exists in various entertaining and recreational contexts, such as musical, fashion, sporty, artistic, and hobby-related events and activities. Hedonistic information behaviour covers a wide range of information activities that people experience in their leisure time including searching, seeking, browsing, collecting, sharing and using information for hedonistic purposes. However, library and information science (LIS) scholars have focused mainly on utilitarian and practical information and very little on joyful information. As a result our existing knowledge about pleasurable information behaviour is still limited. In particular we still know little about what people experience emotionally and mentally during information seeking in recreational contexts and what motivates them for further information seeking and sharing. In this presentation I describe the concept of hedonistic information using real examples and illustrate the importance of this kind of information in human information behaviour. I also explain why this is particularly important in the context of people’s overall wellness and the significance of this type of information in an everyday-life information-seeking context. I will provide a number of themes about research implications in this area in terms of designing information systems and services in the galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM) sector.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2020
EventSchool of Information Studies Research Seminars - CSU Wagga and remotely, Wagga, Australia
Duration: 19 Aug 202019 Aug 2020


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