The Information practices research group explores information-related activities in different contexts. The research we conduct concerns theoretical, empirical and development work related to user studies, information seeking and use, information literacies and information behaviour. Much of our work relates to how information is understood, searched for, shared, and used in various situations involving formal and informal learning. Learning is viewed as a constantly ongoing activity in people’s interactions with society and with each other through the use of various tools. Of particular interest to the group is how the conditions for information practices emerge and are enacted in different situations. We also take an interest in the role of information practices in social structures and in structures of power. Our research is often, but not exclusively, based in qualitative research data and aims to produce results that are both theoretically interesting and practically applicable in all societal spheres, including services, organization, education and innovation. The Information practices research group brings together circa 20 of the department’s researchers and doctoral students: three professors, one associate professor, ten senior lecturers, and four lecturers. Currently five doctoral students are active within the group.
Our research comprises a number of different focus areas and perspectives. From a societal perspective researchers focus on policies of information literacy; information literacies and citizenship; reading as a problem in political discourse; media and information literacy; and the building of sustainable and resilient communities. From an institutional perspective we explore information literacy practices in the enactment of reading, teaching and learning; workplace information literacy; information practices in organizational change; scholarly information practices in academic disciplines and professional learning; information literacy and information practices in young children’s and adults’ cultural practices. From collective and individual perspectives our members investigate everyday information practices of individuals and groups; social media and youth identity; mothering and social media literacy, information seeking and information behaviours in educational and occupational practices; refugee information practices; and information practices in the health information literacy and chronic illness. Our research is usually conducted in smaller groups of collaborating members, sometimes including partners from other research groups within the university and people from other institutions. We are also actively seeking collaboration with representatives from professional organizations and practice. The primary outlet for the groups’ publications is peer-reviewed journals.