I. Human Information Behaviour
Our theme for 2004 first of all covers research-based treatments of the ways in which people conceptualise their information needs, solve problems and seek answers to questions through information and how they use information, all in the context of digital libraries. Papers will cover a range of sub-topics, including the following, but not excluding other relevant contributions:
II. Competences For Digital Libraries
- information seeking in the environment of digital libraries
users and use of digital libraries
- what do we know how do users go about the general processes of Selecting, Finding, Identifying and Obtaining materials and services in digital libraries?
- research dealing with use of features, access, outcomes, and usability
- barriers and obstacles to use, satisfaction, and success.
Secondly, the programme will focus on professional responses to human information behaviour, for which we are using the term ‘competences’. This is the term used in the UK Library and Information Commission report 2020 Vision, which identified the three key elements for working in a digital environment as Connectivity, Content and Competences. Used in this way, Competences covers the whole range of relevant skills and learning strategies at core and specialist levels. The programme will approach competences from a number of perspectives, covering the skills required both by users and the information professionals who serve them. These will include:
competences for research, scholarship, publishing and disseminating results in the digital context
- education for librarians and information professionals
- educating and training users
- information literacy for children, young people and older members of the community
- broader user concerns (with skills and know-how implications), such as: economics, copyright, freedom of expression, and ethics.