Finding pleasure in information seeking: Leisure and amateur genealogists exploring their Irish ancestry

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Crystal Fulton, “Finding pleasure in information seeking: Leisure and amateur genealogists exploring their Irish ancestry,” Portail documentaire EnJeu[x], consulté le 24 août 2019, https://collections.enfance-jeunesse.fr/items/show/1520.

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TitreFinding pleasure in information seeking: Leisure and amateur genealogists exploring their Irish ancestry
CréateurCrystal Fulton
Date2005
DroitsCopyright © 2005 American Society for Information Science and Technology
Langueen
TypeJournal Article
AuthorCrystal Fulton
Type de contenuJournal Article
DOI10.1002/meet.14504201228
ISSN1550-8390
Abstract NoteGenealogy may be characterized as serious leisure, that is an amateur or voluntary activity in which the hobby forms a central life interest, with participants actively acquiring and expressing special skills, knowledge and experience (Stebbins, 1996; 1997). Information skills development and information exchange are key features of genealogy. Amateur genealogists are very often older adults who have time to devote themselves to learning information and technical skills needed to navigate the complex maze of resources that support this activity. This paper explores the information seeking behaviour of amateur genealogists in their leisure. Amateur genealogists from around the world participated in telephone interviews about their hunt for their Irish ancestors. Data were analyzed to identify patterns of communication and links between and among amateur genealogists, groups, and resources. Findings reveal that amateur genealogists are a unique group of information seekers, who devote their spare time to information seeking and sharing among like-minded researchers. Findings suggest that leisure time is an important information seeking context, in which people relate information seeking with pleasure, as opposed to a work-related or routine life information need.
Date2005
Issue1
Journal AbbreviationProc. Am. Soc. Info. Sci. Tech.
Langueen
Library CatalogWiley Online Library
Publication TitleProceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
DroitsCopyright © 2005 American Society for Information Science and Technology
Short TitleFinding pleasure in information seeking
TitreFinding pleasure in information seeking: Leisure and amateur genealogists exploring their Irish ancestry
URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/meet.14504201228/abstract
Volume42
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