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Title: Colliding Norms, Community, and the Place of Online Information: The Case of archive.org
Author(s): Burnett, Gary
Subject(s): Normative behavior theory Online archives Library collections Collection policies
Abstract: The theory of normative behavior (Burnett, Besant, and Chatman, 2001) examines aspects of information behavior in the context of definable social groupings of people, or “small worlds.” Using the concept of “worldview,” derived from the theory, this article examines a controversy that erupted in the Live Music Archive (LMA) of archive.org in November 2005 when access to a collection of live concert recordings by the Grateful Dead was limited. It analyzes posts made by representatives of the archive, participants in the forum, and a small handful of statements made by band members and representatives in order to understand the controversy as an instance in which participants shared some elements of a common worldview but, because they understood those elements differently, emerge as three different small worlds.
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In Library Trends 57(4) Spring 2009: 694-710
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/13662
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright 2009 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-06-04
 

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