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Seeking Meaning A Process Approach to Library and Information Services

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ISBN-10: 1591580943

ISBN-13: 9781591580942

Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Carol C. Kuhlthau

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Seeking Meaning was first published in 1993. It has since become a widely used professional resource and required reading in library and information science schools in the United States and abroad. This book offers essential knowledge for anyone providing library and information services. Library and information services for intellectual access--the interpretation of information and ideas within sources--and the process of seeking meaning are detailed. Presented is a theoretical framework for a process approach to library and information services, which was developed in a series of studies of the Information Search Process of users. The framework has helped to illuminate the user's…    
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Book details

List price: $65.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 10/30/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6.35" wide x 9.55" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 1.188

List of Illustrations
The Constructive Process in Library and Information Science Theory
Theoretical Foundations of Library and Information Services
Toward an Understanding of the User's Perspective on Information Seeking
Cognitive Process in Information Seeking
Affective Experience in Information Seeking
Anxiety and Uncertainty in Information Seeking
Uncertainty Principle
Theory to Practice
Learning As a Process
John Dewey: A Philosophical and Historical Perspective
George Kelly: A Psychological Perspective
Jerome Bruner: An Integrated Perspective
Summary of the Constructive Process
Kelly's Phases of Construction and Taylor's Levels of Information Need
The Information Search Process
Application of Methods in Library and Information Services
A Qualitative Beginning
Analysis of Qualitative Data
Patterns in the Constructive Process of Information Seeking
An Emerging Model
Criteria for Making Decisions
Strategies, Expectations, and Attitudes
Model of the Information Search Process
Summary of Major Findings
Verification of the Model of the Information Search Process
Hypothesis for Further Study: A Model
Large-Scale Verification
Study of Diverse Sample of High School Seniors
Study of the Search Process of Academic, Public, and School Library Users
Differences Among the Groups Studied
Major Findings and Implications
Longitudinal Confirmation of the Information Search Process
Longitudinal Verification
Perceptions of Information Seeking After Five Years
Longitudinal Case Studies
Summary of Case Study Findings
Verification and Expansion of the Model of the Information Search Process
Major Findings and Implications for Mediation
Emerging Theory of a Process Approach to Information Seeking
Uncertainty Principle
Personal Construct Theory As an Example of Theory Building
Uncertainty Principle
Process Corollary
Formulation Corollary
Redundancy Corollary
Mood Corollary
Prediction Corollary
Interest Corollary
Summary of the Uncertainty Principle and Corollaries
From Uncertainty to Understanding
Roles of Mediators in the Process of Information Seeking
Users' Perception of the Role of Mediators
The Role of Formal Mediators
Call for Formal Mediators in the Process of Information Seeking
Providing Information for the Process of Construction
Levels of Mediation
Levels of Education
Zones of Intervention in the Process of Information Seeking
Intervention Based on an Uncertainty Principle
The Concept of a Zone of Intervention
Zones of Intervention
Levels of Mediation and Education in the Zones of Intervention
Studies Indicate a Need for Process Intervention
The Counselor in the Information Search Process
Strategies for Intervening in the Information Search Process
Process-Oriented Library and Information Services
Implementing the Process Approach
Information Search Process in Education
Library Media Programs Based on the Process Approach
Implementing the Information Search Process in Schools
Information Search Process Institutes
Large-Scale Study of Implementation of a Process Approach
A Closer Look at Three Schools
A Process Approach for the Information Age School
Information Search Process in the Workplace
Studies of Information Use in the Workplace
Information Search Process of a Securities Analyst: A Longitudinal Case Study
Information Search Process of Lawyers: An Exploratory Study
Potential Roles for Librarians in the Information Search Process of Information Workers
Process-Oriented Library and Information Services
Longitudinal Methods for Developing Conceptual Frameworks
The Information Search Process As a Conceptual Framework
Criteria for Choices in the Information Search Process
A Principle of Uncertainty As a Conceptual Framework
Levels of Library and Information Services
Diagnosing for a Zone of Intervention
Developing a Process Approach
Application in Library and Information Services
Challenges for Information System Designers
Developing Services and Systems for the Information Age
Subject Index
Author/Title Index