New Directions in Human Information Behavior

  • Amanda Spink
  • Charles Cole

Part of the Information Science and Knowledge Management book series (ISKM, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Amanda Spink, Charles Cole
      Pages 3-10
  3. Evolutionary and Social HIB Frameworks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Amanda Spink, James Currier
      Pages 13-31
    3. Andrew D. Madden, Jared Bryson, Joe Palimi
      Pages 33-53
    4. Eszter Hargittai, Amanda Hinnant
      Pages 55-70
  4. Spatial and Collaborative HIB Frameworks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Sanna Talja, Preben Hansen
      Pages 113-134
  5. Multitasking, Non-linear, Organizing, and Digital Frameworks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Amanda Spink, Minsoo Park, Charles Cole
      Pages 137-154
    3. David Nicholas, Paul Huntington, Peter Williams, Tom Dobrowolski
      Pages 203-228
  6. Integrating Framework and Further Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Amanda Spink, Charles Cole
      Pages 231-237
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 239-255

About this book


New Directions in Human Information Behavior, co-edited by Drs. Amanda Spink and Charles Cole provides an understanding of the new directions, leading edge theories and models in human information behavior. Information behavior is conceptualized as complex human information related processes that are embedded within an individual’s everyday social and life processes.

The book presents chapters by an interdisciplinary range of scholars who show new  directions that often challenge the established views and paradigms of information behavior studies. Beginning with an evolutionary framework, the book examines information behaviors over various epochs of human existence from the Palaeolithic Era and within pre-literate societies, to contemporary behaviors by 21st century humans. Drawing upon social and psychological science theories the book presents a more integrated and holistic approach to the understanding of information behaviors that include multitasking and non-linear longitudinal processes, individuals’ information ground, information practices and information sharing, digital behaviors and human information organizing behaviors. The final chapter of the book integrates these new approaches and presents an overview of the key trends, theories and models for further research.

This book is directly relevant to information scientists, librarians, social and evolutionary psychologists. Undergraduate and graduate students, academics and information professionals interested in human information behavior will find this book of particular benefit.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Amanda Spink
    • 1
  • Charles Cole
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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