ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting 
Seattle, WA | October 31 - November 5, 2014

Youth Beyond Borders: Methodological Challenges in Youth Information Interaction

Amanda Waugh1, Rachel Magee2, Denise Agosto2, June Ahn1, Leanne Bowler3, Mega Subramaniam1
University of Maryland; 2Drexel University; 3University of Pittsburgh

Sunday, Nov. 2, 3:30pm


The pace of technological change is rapid and the impact of this acceleration on the information behavior of youth that come from diverse backgrounds is multifaceted. Most young people have online access in some form, but the uses and quality of access vary tremendously (Madden, Lenhart, Duggan, Cortesi and Gasser, 2013). With the growth and variation of information behaviors among youth in social media and the mobile Web, keeping pace with research methods used to capture these behaviors and phenomena continues to be a discussion among scholars. Adding to the complications of research in this area, youth are increasingly using information communications technologies (ICT) across platforms for a variety of information behaviors, for academic and social reasons (Agosto and Abbas, 2012). It is often not enough to solely examine a young person’s Twitter feed - we need to see how that conversation carries from Twitter, to direct messages, to texting, to a Facebook post and so on. This variation suggests a need for greater nuance in research (Madden, et. al., 2013; Gasser, Cortesi, Malik and Lee, 2012). This panel will bring together several researchers experienced in studying youth information practices to discuss their methodologies and strategies in dealing with these intricate issues. This panel will be conducted in a roundtable style – encouraging deep conversation between the researchers and the audience. This will be followed by a small group discussions with the audience and conclude by sharing back best practices uncovered through the group discussions. Through attending this panel, attendees will engage with current developments in diverse youth, ICT and research methodologies, and identify priorities and approaches for future work in these areas.