Understanding and information fluency

I am interested in the idea of ‘understanding’, and how the information sciences can help promote understanding, rather than simply imparting information or increasing knowledge. I have a long-standing interest in information for creativity and innovation, which has a strong relation to browsing approaches to information seeking, including dissimilarity analysis. Individual differences in information behaviour, particularly those associated with personality factors, are, in my view, a worthwhile subject for study, as a complement to the more common studies within social groups. Information literacy is also a long-standing interest, in particular the more all-encompassing concepts of digital literacy and information fluency. The topics are included in my teaching on courses in information for specific subject domains and in the foundations of library and information science at City University London.

Some of my recent publications on these topics (linked to self-archived or open-access versions where available) include:

  • D Bawden, Being fluent and keeping looking, in Information literacy: lifelong learning and digital citizenship in the 21st century. Communications in Computer and Information Science no. 482. Kurbanoglu, S., Spiranec, S., Grassian, E., Mizrachi, D. and Catts R. (eds.) Berlin: Springer, 2014, pp. 13-18
  • D Bawden and L Robinson, No such thing as society? On the individuality of information behaviour, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2013, 64(12), 2587-2590
  • D Bawden and L Robinson, Digital literacy and the dark side of information: enlightening the paradox, in LH Stergioulas and H Drenoyianni (eds.), Persuing digital literacy in compulsory education, New York: Peter Lang, 2011, pp 47-58
  • D. Bawden, Brookes equation: the basis for a qualitative characterisation of information behaviours, Journal of Information Science, 2011, 37(1), 101-108
  • D Bawden, Encountering on the road to Serendip? Browsing in new information environments, in A Foster and P Rafferty (eds.), Innovations in IR: Perspectives for theory and practice, London: Facet Publishing, 2011, pp 1-22
  • D Bawden and L Robinson, Individual differences in information-related behaviour: what do we know about information styles, in A Spink and J Heinström (eds), New Directions in Information behaviour, Bingley: Emerald, 2011, p282-300
  • D Bawden and L Robinson, The dark side of information: overload, anxiety and other paradoxes and pathologies, Journal of Information Science, 2009, 35(2), 180-191
    Some more ‘classic’ papers, which I like to think still have some relevance, are:

  • D Bawden, Information and digital literacies; a review of concepts, Journal of Documentation, 2001, 57(2), 218-259 [translated into Hungarian as Informacios es digitalis irastuda: a fogalmak attekintese, Konyvtari Figyelo, 2002, 48(1/2), 157-163
  • D Bawden, Browsing: theory and practice, Perspectives in Information Management, 1993, 3(1) 71-85
  • D Bawden, Molecular dissimilarity in chemical information systems, in Chemical Structures 2, WA Warr (ed.), Springer Verlag, 1993, pages 383-388
  • D Bawden, Information systems and the stimulation of creativity, Journal of Information Science, 1986, 12(5), 203-216 [reprinted in Knowledge Management Tools, RL Ruggles (ed.), Butterworth-Heinnemann, Boston, 1997, pp 79-101]
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