Monday, May 31, 2021

Recent articles: Information Behaviour with Social media; IL and primary schools; Quality assessment of Wikipedia

Articles relevant to information literacy/behaviour from the last 2 issues of JoLIS and JIS (priced access, except where indicated).

- Amram, S., Aharony, N. & Ilan, J. (2021). Information literacy education in primary schools: A case study. Journal of Librarianship & Information Science, 53(2), 349-364. "This [qualitative] study focuses on teachers’ perspectives concerning information literacy teaching in two primary schools in Israel — one school that joined the national information and communications technology program and a second school that did not. ... The findings suggest that participation in the national information and communications technology program did not lead to the integration of information literacy in the school’s curriculum. A significant gap was discovered in both schools between the teachers’ perceptions—who understood the importance of teaching information literacy and its actual implementation."
- Fardous, J. et al. (2021). Group trip planning and information seeking behaviours by mobile social media users: A study of tourists in Australia, Bangladesh and China. Journal of Information Science, 47(3), 323-339.
- Ihejirika, K. & Krtalic, M. (2021). Moving with the media: An exploration of how migrant communities in New Zealand use social media. Journal of Librarianship & Information Science, 53(1), 50-61. "An anonymous questionnaire was used to collect opinions and investigate the activities of migrant communities in New Zealand ... The main findings of our research showed that in the transitioning phase migrants use social media mostly for making the decision to move. In the settling phase, social media help them to cushion the anxieties associated with a move and also help them to make an informed decision in the new country. In the settled phase, participants used social media to stay connected with family and friends in the home country"
- Lund, B. (2021). The structure of information behavior dissertations 2009–2018: Theories, methods, populations, disciplines. Journal of Librarianship & Information Science, 53(2), 225-232. (Lund looked at dissertations listed in the Proquest dissertation database. "While the majority of information behavior research originates in the discipline of library and information science (53%), the field is nonetheless highly interdisciplinary. The theories of Kuhlthau, Dervin, and Wilson are used extensively as frameworks in information behavior dissertations. Students are the most commonly studied population, while interview is the most commonly utilized research method."
- Mansour, A. (2021). Affordances supporting mothers’ engagement in information-related activities through Facebook groups. Journal of Librarianship & Information Science, 53(2), 211-224. Open access. "This qualitative study investigated the information-related activities and affordances of a Facebook group for foreign mothers living in Sweden. Four key information activities were identified: posting, monitoring, commenting and searching. ... The article concludes with a discussion of how these different modes are facilitated by the affordances of visibility, accessibility, persistence and associations"
- Wang, P., Li, X. & Wu, R. (2021). A deep learning-based quality assessment model of collaboratively edited documents: A case study of Wikipedia. Journal of Information Science, 47(2), 176-191 .
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