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Title:Collaborative information seeking in library makerspaces: An exploratory study
Author(s):Li, Xiaofeng
Subject(s):Library makerspace
Young people
Informal learning
Information practice
Abstract:The purpose of this exploratory study was to understand the situations that trigger young people to collaborate in information seeking as they participate in makerspace activities. A total of twenty-one young people at two library makerspaces were recruited. Data collection methods included field observations, individual interviews, photovoice, and focus groups. Findings show four situations that trigger young people to seek information collaboratively, including situations of finding materials for shared projects, solving problems together, figuring out how-to questions, and generating ideas for potential projects. This study addresses the gap in the extant literature with empirical evidence to show that young people switch from individual information seeking to collaborative information seeking fluidly and naturally. For practical implications, library professionals can provide additional support to help young people seek information together in these identified situations.
Issue Date:2019-03-15
Publisher:iSchools
Series/Report:iConference 2019 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/103331
DOI:https://doi.org/10.21900/iconf.2019.103331
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Xiaofeng Li
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-03-22


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