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Comparing American to Finnish Oral Information Behaviour

Deborah Turner

(Submission #55)


This poster expands on information behaviour investigations limited to a single context. It reflects research conducted to grapple with how contemporary life demands that professionals maneuver across contexts over time. Designing a way to study this research area introduces challenges. However, an initial study, involving interviews with and observations of professionals who aspire to or who are positioned for career mobility, helps describe their information behaviour and inform a future study. The initial study especially considers interactions with orally based information, which research shows is preferred when interacting with new information typical when facing change. Early analysis of initial data, gathered in two countries, provides insight into how context and culture influence professionals' interactions with information. Accounting for these influences is essential for a future study on information behaviour used to negotiate the dynamic nature of contemporary professional life.


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