Getting creative in everyday life: Investigating arts and crafts hobbyists' information behavior

Lo Lee, Melissa G. Ocepek, Stephann Makri, George Buchanan, Dana McKay

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Abstract

While there has been increasing interest in how creative professionals find information to drive creative outputs, previous information behavior research has largely ignored how arts and crafts hobbyists look for information sources in their everyday lives. To fill this literature gap, we conducted interviews and observations with arts and crafts hobbyists to find out how they conceive potential DIY projects. The findings highlight three themes: the dearth of human sources, the prevalence of domain-specific information, and the use of self-curated information. In addition to empirical results, this work also broadens the understanding of information behavior in an arts and crafts context by studying populations beyond professional artists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)703-705
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Information behavior
  • arts and crafts
  • hobbyists
  • sources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Library and Information Sciences

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