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Modeling the Information Behavior of Lay Mediaries

Jennie A. Abrahamson, MLIS, National Library of Medicine Fellow & PhD Student, Dept. of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR; Dr. Karen E. Fisher, Associate Professor, The Information School, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


The notion of proxy information seekers or lay mediaries has risen to the forefront of recent information behavior research. Defined broadly as people who seek information on behalf of others without necessarily being asked to do so or engaging in follow-up with the recipient(s), lay mediaries are becoming more prevalent and thus identifiable due to expanding information and communication technologies such as forwarding and other Web-based alerting services. The bi-fold purpose of our poster is to review past research on lay mediaries and related notions, and to propose a conceptual model that can be used to base future empirical and theoretical work.

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