Documenting the fun: Studying artistic information-creating behavior using research diaries

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Research diaries as a qualitative method are found practical in information science. In information behavior literature, they are effective for capturing human experience and thought in situ in emic view. Although previous scholars undertook research diaries to explore information needs, seeking, use, and more, what is left relatively unknown is how this method may garner diverse forms of data beyond text when studying inherently dynamic information creation. To address this gap, this study applied research diaries inspired by cultural probes and maker documentation to investigate the making process of 25 arts and crafts hobbyists. Findings present a wide variety of entries generated from participants, illuminating the benefits of using research diaries to facilitate making and encourage reflection. Design implications are shared to unlock the potential of research diaries for examining information behavior, demonstrating their value in gathering rich empirical data and bringing participants engaging research experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101192
JournalLibrary and Information Science Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2022


  • Documentation
  • Information activity
  • Leisure
  • Making
  • Research diaries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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