Putting work, work roles and tasks together

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Tue, 11/04/2008 - 08:23

There is a significant body of information science literature on both tasks and 'work' and how they relate to human information behaviour. It is rather typical that in task based research, work is something broader , but it is seldom described in a very precise way. In work based research, on the other hand, the investigation seldom penetrates to the level of individual tasks and if it does, the references are typically far from being very rigorous. 

Participatory archive

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Fri, 09/19/2008 - 07:07

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.

How about information creation in information literacy discussion?

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Fri, 09/05/2008 - 11:04

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.

Creating knowledge in various (digital) environments

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Thu, 08/21/2008 - 14:23

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.