Information research: Patterns and practice

Graeme Johanson, Christina Williamson

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Abstract

This chapter describes research in the information professions, in library and information studies (LIS), and associated disciplines. Within those disciplines, powerful themes of emergent research include human information behaviour, especially information literacy, and a much wider range of methodologies than in earlier years. The main topics of research by academics employed in universities, and by information professionals, mainly employed by organisational information providers, are identified. Recent moves by governments to measure and control the quantity and quality of research have forcibly heightened awareness of research productivity. Tensions in information research are explored between open access to and commercial constraints on knowledge; the good and bad that content analysis can reveal; and the pros and cons of collaboration within the disciplines, and beyond them. Research harnesses and respects the massive influences of information and communications technologies, while at the same time it helps to humanise and explain their dominance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Methods
Subtitle of host publicationInformation Systems and Contexts
EditorsKirsty Williamson, Graeme Johanson
Place of PublicationPrahran, VIC
PublisherTilde University Press
Pages52-78
Number of pages27
Edition3
ISBN (Print)9780734611482
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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