A focus on experience allows a broad understanding and interpretation of
people’s engagement and interaction with the information environment.
A focus on experience takes into account the interrelations between
people and their broader environments in a manner which considers
people and their world as inseparable. It also provides deep insights into
the ways in which people relate to their informational life-worlds.
Information experience an
emerging research domain…
Bruce, C & Partridge, H. (2011) Identifying and delineating information
experience as a research domain: a discussion paper. In Social Media and
Information Practices Workshop, 10-11 November, Boras, Sweden
the lived experience of
informational life worlds
Life in Frame by @ericcoming8.com
A few recent examples of IL research conducted in the Information
Experience research domain:
• Health information literacy, phenomenography, relational perspective to IL
• Health information literacy, grounded theory, socio-cultural perspective to IL
• Early career academics IL in developmental networks, grounded
theory, relational perspective to IL (Faye Miller)
But……information experience as an object of study?
• Information experiences of people in social media during natural
disaster, informed by ethnography (Helen Partridge & Christine Yates)
• Information experiences of new mothers in social media, grounded theory (Kate
Operationalised in empirical
…. more nuanced understanding of what is information, what people
experience as informing.
… richer understanding of the relations between people and the environment
in which their engagement with information takes place.
More work is needed though to further articulate, delineate and explore
information experience as a research domain and as a research object.
Offerings to the future of IL research
Bruce, C, Partridge, H., Hughes, H. & Davis, K. (in press) Information experience:
approaches to theory and practice. Emerald. Due for publication 2014