Information Needs

Authored by: Charles M. Naumer , Karen E. Fisher

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
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The following entry describes the concept of “information need.” The concept of “information need” has no single definition but is dependent on the perspective from which it is applied. The concept of “information need” is discussed in terms of its definition in other fields, evolvement with the user-centered paradigm, and articulation in key models of information seeking, as well as how it has spurred new avenues of inquiry with in library and information science (LIS).

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