“Use” in the Literature of Library and Information Science: A Concept Analysis and Typology

Fleming-May, Rachel “Use” in the Literature of Library and Information Science: A Concept Analysis and Typology., 2008 PhD dissertation thesis, The University of Alabama. [Thesis]


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The “use” of information and library resources and services is frequently presented in Library and Information Science LIS) literature as a primitive concept: an idea so fundamental to the theoretical framework at hand as to be indefinable—even when presented as an operational variable. In fact, an examination of the LIS literature reveals that use is a multi-dimensional concept that requires clarification for effective empirical examination. This dissertation employs the Evolutionary Concept Analysis (ECA) method developed by nursing scholar Beth L. Rodgers (2000) to consider representations of use in a 200-item sample of LIS journal literature. ECA investigates the development of concepts by examining the attributes and characteristics of a concept as represented within a specific discipline (e.g., empathy as a concept in nursing) and within specific chronological, disciplinary, and theoretical contexts. Rather than to provide “the” definition of use, the purpose of this study is to illuminate the difficulties presented by the lack of clarity surrounding the use concept in LIS literature and practice. This process has produced a Typology of Use that can serve as a springboard to future empirical and theoretical projects in this area.

Item type: Thesis (UNSPECIFIED)
Keywords: conceptual foundations of LIS, collection evaluation
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AZ. None of these, but in this section.
B. Information use and sociology of information
C. Users, literacy and reading. > CB. User studies.
C. Users, literacy and reading. > CA. Use studies.
Depositing user: Rachel Fleming-May
Date deposited: 28 Aug 2009
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:15
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/13497


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