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The Search Process of an Information Seeker
Assignment 7: Interview with Information Seeker and Essay
Dawn R. Osborne
LI802XU
Emporia State University

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The Search Process of an Information Seeker
Assignment 7: Interview with Information Seeker and Essay
There are several different models of the Information Search Process (ISP) developed as society evolves its seeking strategies; one of which is the berry-picking strategy (Bates, 2005). Within the berry-picking strategy, a query will evolve throughout the search process. An information seeker’s cognitive learning style, perceived barriers, and emotions can significantly affect the development of the ISP process. Within the berry-picking strategy, a query may evolve throughout the search process. An examination of an in-depth interview and studies of pre-existing ISP models help to understand more fully the individual information seeker’s strategies, and her changes throughout the search process. Information Seeker’s Background

The information seeker, Jill, is a forty-something year-old white female from a lower middle-class background. When she was younger she quit school (paralegal studies) one semester from graduation to marry, have children, and earn money. Jill is an avid reader, and, for personal reading, the library is a well loved and used place. When asked about using the libraries computers to find books she stated, “If a card catalog was available I could still use it; but, computers and me… well, we don’t get along! I’d rather get lost in the stacks looking at books anyway” (Christenson, 2013). Cognitive Learning Style

After interviewing Jill and reviewing the Multiple Intelligence Theory (Gardner, 1987), she fits best as a Visual/Spatial Intelligence learner, but also shows aspects of Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence (Gardner, 1987). During the interview, she mentioned, “I learn new things best if I can have charts and lists… even better if I can draw/write them myself. I...
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