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The death of the user

Howard Rosenbaum (Indiana U.) Elisabeth Davenport (Napier U.) Leah Lievrouw (U. California, Los Angeles) Ron Day (Wayne State U.)

Presented at ASIST 2003 Annual Meeting -- Humanizing Information Technology: From Ideas to Bits and Back (ASIST AM 03 2003), Westin Long Beach, Long Beach, California, October 20 - 23, 2003


This panel critically investigates the theoretical and practical issues involved with the well-established concept of “the user” in Library and Information Science. It suggests that digital information and communication technologies and systems are theoretically and practically undermining this concept, a concept that was already weak in its ability to fully account for agency in many events of information and knowledge. [SPONSORED BY SIG/HFIS AND SIG/CRIT.]

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