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New Review of Information Behaviour Research
New Rev Inform Behav Res

ISSN (printed): 1471-6313. ISSN (electronic): 1740-7877.

Research into human information behaviour has assumed major significance as a result of the pervasive influence of information technology, multimedia environments and networked information. The design of more effective information systems proceeds from an understanding of human information seeking and use. The New Review of Information Behaviour Research, published annually, provides a comprehensive survey of the wide range of theoretical and methodological challenges in conducting such research, as well as examining the development of new systems and services. The New Review is designed to address the perceived shortcomings of many previous information needs studies - which were often systems-centred rather than person-centred, which conceptualised information as an objective entity with constant meaning, which concentrated on external behaviour to the neglect of internal cognition, which tended to ignore the larger contexts of the lives of information users, and which produced over-rigid models to predict information behaviour. Such inherent weaknesses were the motivating force behind the organization of the successful biennial Information Seeking in Context Conferences (Tampere 1996; Sheffield 1998), and the full text of the papers presented to the year 2000 Conference and future meetings will be made available in the pages of The New Review. Characterised by its aim of bridging the sometime gap between researchers in the human information behaviour community and the information systems research community, The New Review of Information Behaviour Research will be invaluable for those concerned with the design and operation of information systems and services of all kinds.

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