In comparison to library contexts, user perspective and user studies have received noticeably little practical attention in archives and in the context of management of archival materials and archival information. I am addressing some of theissues of communication and user participation in archival contexts in an article published yesterday in Archival Science.
I have been participating in Information seeking in context (ISIC) 2008 since yesterday morning. The different papers by the nicely small and compact community of researchers interested in information behaviour have been very insightful in their analysis of different aspects of information seeking and use.
Even though the English language concept literacy is about mastering both reading and writing, much of the debate on information literacy has focused on the reading, i.e. receptive use of information resources. The role of information creation as an equally essential skill has been largely omitted.
After arriving from Lund last evening I have been participating in the Creating Knowledge V conference in Åbo. There has been several interesting presentations resonating closely with my ongoing projects. Annemaree Lloyd talked about her studies on information practices in workplace contexts, and highlighted several interesting aspects, which I have been looking at while studying information work in different contexts.
Second Lifeen on perustettu suomalaisten toimijoiden yhteinen EduFinland-saari (SLurl: EduFinland/84/140/25). Suomen eOppimiskeskus perusti saaren yhteistyökumppaniensa kanssa. Saaren toimijat tarjoavat tilaisuuden tutustua virtuaalimaailmaan opastetusti. Nyt saarella on meneillään vilkasta rakennustoimintaa. Opetus-, tutkimustoiminta ja muu toiminta saarella käynnistyy varsinaisesti vasta syksyllä. EduFinland-alueelta suomalaiset oppilaitokset ja yleishyödylliset organisaatiot voivat hankkia maata opetus- ja tutkimustarkoitukseen.
Our symposium on library 2.0 - a new participatory context? took place almost a three weeks ago, but perhaps this is a good interval to reflect the event. As mentioned in the official symposium and research project web site, all went smoothly and we had, in my opinion, productive 24 hours with a number of inspiring and thoughtprovoking presentations.