Information Seeking Behavior and Technology Adoption: Theories and Trends

Information Seeking Behavior and Technology Adoption: Theories and Trends

Mohammed Nasser Al-Suqri (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman) and Ali Saif Al-Aufi (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: February, 2015|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 321
ISBN13: 9781466681569|ISBN10: 146668156X|EISBN13: 9781466681576|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8156-9


With the increasingly complex and ubiquitous data available through modern technology, digital information is being utilized daily by academics and professionals of all disciplines and career paths.

Information Seeking Behavior and Technology Adoption: Theories and Trends brings together the many theories and meta-theories that make information science relevant across different disciplines. Highlighting theories that had their base in the early days of text-based information and expanding to the digitization of the Internet, this book is an essential reference source for those involved in the education and training of the next-generation of information science professionals, as well as those who are currently working on the design and development of our current information products, systems, and services.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Activity Theory
  • Akerlof’s Theory of Information Asymmetry
  • Bates’ Berrypicking Model
  • Chatman’s Theories of Information Behavior
  • Cognitive Constructivism
  • Dervin’s Sense-Making Theory
  • Information Grounds Theory
  • Krikelas’ Model of Information Seeking
  • Social Constructivism
  • Wilson’s Information Seeking Behavior Model

Reviews and Testimonials

Editors Al-Suqri and Al-Aufi present students, academics, researchers, and professionals working in a wide variety of contexts with a collection of scholarly papers and academic articles that together provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary overview of the theories and meta-theories behind information science. The editors have organized the sixteen contributions that make up the main body of the text in three parts devoted to metatheories, information needs and information seeking behavior theories and models, and technology adoption theories.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Mohammed Nasser Al-Suqri is an Assistant Professor and the Head of the Department of Information Studies, Collage of Arts and Social Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University. He received his Ph.D. in Library and Information Management from Emporia State University, School of Library and Information Management, Emporia, USA; a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science, New York, USA; and a Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science from Sultan Qaboos University, Department of Library and Information Science, Sultanate of Oman. Mohammed Nasser Al-Suqri conducts research in the area of user studies, knowledge management and sharing, digital libraries, and LIS education and collaboration in the Middle East.
Ali Saif Al-Aufi (BA, MLIS, PhD) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Studies, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. He received his MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, USA in 2001 and his PhD in Information Management from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia in 2007. He is currently in the position of Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Research, College of Arts and Social Sciences. His research interests include information management, user studies, scholarly communication, social informatics, and philosophy of LIS. He has published research articles in international journals such as the Journal of Documentation, Library Review, and Librarian Hi Tech.