Conflicting Approaches to User Information Seeking Education in Scandinavian Web-Based Tutorials

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The purpose of this paper is to make visible different approaches to university librarians' professional expertise such as they are mediated through user information seeking education. The empirical basis of the study consists of an analysis of 31 web-based tutorials in information literacy accessible via Scandinavian university libraries' web-sites. The results make apparent four, sometimes conflicting, approaches to user information seeking education expressed in the tutorials: a source approach, a behavior approach, a process approach and a communication approach. These approaches disclose different ways of defining central concepts such as information, information seeking and the user. A study of attitudes to user education is important as attitudes entail practical consequences for the operation of user education.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Information Studies


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASIST 2005 proceedings of the 68th ASIS&T Annual Meeting : sparking synergies : bringing research and practice together
EditorsAndrew Grove
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)1-87715-536-4
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Publication categoryResearch
EventASIS&T Annual Meeting: Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together - Charlotte, North Carolina
Duration: 2005 Oct 282005 Nov 2

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASIST Annual Meeting
ISSN (Print)0044-7870


ConferenceASIS&T Annual Meeting: Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together