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A Systematic Review on the Application of the Theory of Information Worlds  

Park, Sungjae (Library and Information Culture Track, Hansung University)
Lee, Jisue (Department of Library & Information Science, Chonnam National University)
Hollister, Jonathan M. (Department of Library, Archives, & Information Studies, Pusan National University)
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Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice / v.10, no.4, 2022 , pp. 87-109 More about this Journal
Previous studies have found that the use or development of theory in library and information science (LIS) research is comparatively low and may be trending downward. LIS has also been criticized for relying on theories imported from other disciplines rather than applying or developing theories from within. The theory of information worlds, a social information behavior theory originally introduced in 2008, represents a newer LIS theory whose level of adoption is understudied. This study features a systematic literature review of peer-reviewed research articles which cited or used the theory of information worlds from 2008 to early 2022 to identify trends related to levels of theory use, publication venues, author affiliations, countries, and collaborations, as well as research methods, topics, and populations. Findings suggest that both awareness and use of the theory of information worlds are positively trending, though at slower rates for higher levels of theory use, such as full applications of the theory to guide the collection and analysis of empirical data. The theory has also been used by researchers from around the world and across disciplines, most often with mixed and qualitative methods. While the growth of a new LIS theory is promising, the authors echo calls for increased use and development of the theory of information worlds, and other LIS theories more broadly, and as more interdisciplinary collaboration.
theory of information worlds; research trends; theory use; information behavior research; systematic literature review; library and information science based theory;
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