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HIB Spot--Studying Online Search Behaviors  -  February 16, 2006, 7:00 PM LiSRadio Webcast: HIB Spot Series

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Guests:

[Dr. Carol Barry]

Dr. Carol Barry
Associate Professor
School of Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University

[Dr. Barbara Wildemuth]

Dr. Barbara Wildemuth
Frances Carroll McColl Professor
School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Host:

[Dr. Sanda Erdelez]

Dr. Sanda Erdelez
Associate Professor
University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies


Summary:

The guests of the program are Dr. Barbara Wildemuth from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Dr. Carol Barry from the Louisiana State University. Dr. Wildemuth's research focuses on computer-mediated information seeking in particular domains (medicine/health, law), while Dr Barry's research is about users' relevance criteria in information seeking. Since mid-2004, Wildemuth and Barry have been conducting a Delphi study about the variables that should be included in studies of online searching behaviors. Multiple facets related to the area are being included in their study, such as variables related to the person/user (demographic variables, the user's understanding/knowledge, and psychological/ personality variables) and variables related to the search process (search topics/tasks, search behaviors, and search outcomes). The guests will discuss the preliminary findings of this unique study and comment on their experiences in using Delphi method.
Links relevant to the program:
Delphi Project Website
Barbara Wildemuth's webpage - http://www.ils.unc.edu/~wildem/wildemuth.html
Carol Barry's vitae - http://slis.lsu.edu/faculty/barry.pdf

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