Continuing Education

Effective Methods for Studying Information-Seeking and Use: SIG USE Research Symposium
ASIST Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 3, 2001, 12:00noon - 6:30pm


Good data on how users seek out and utilize information can be invaluable in efforts to enhance information management and retrieval systems. This workshop will explore several innovative, effective research methods aimed at better understanding information-seeking behaviors.


Contributed papers: Methods for studying information use by individuals

  • Methodology for a project examining cognitive categories for library information in young children, by Linda C. Cooper
  • "I spent 1 hours sifting through one large box....": diaries as information behaviour of the archives user, by Elaine G. Toms and Wendy Duff
  • Beyond logs and surveys: in-depth measures of people's Web use skills, by Eszter Hargittai

Contributed papers: Methods for studying information use by groups

  • Complimentary user-centered methodologies for information seeking and use: system's design in the Biological Information Browsing Environment (BIBE), by P. Bryan Heidorn, Bharat Mehra, and Mary Lokhaiser
  • Following experts at work in their own information spaces: using observational methods to develop tools for the digital library, by Paul Gorman, Mary Lavelle, Lois Delcambre, and David Maier
  • Scenarios in the Afya Project as a participatory action research (PAR) tool for studying information seeking and use across the digital divide, by Bharat Mehra, Ann Peterson Bishop, Imani Bazzell, and Cynthia Smith

Additional panel/discussion sessions


Barbara Wildemuth, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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