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Christina's LIS Rant
Sunday, October 30, 2005
  ASIST: Cognitive and Affective Factors in Information Seeking
Sunday, October 30, 2005, 1:30, Grand Ballroom A
Cognitive and Affective Factors in Information Seeking

Missed Diane Nahl (@#$%!)

Michael Olsson
Cannot know about the cognitive abilities of individuals, can only know the social aspects of ?  Foucault…. Dervin… Shakespeare…. Missed just about all of this. I was here, but??

Yong-Mi Kim
Amount of invested metal effort (AIME) in library searching – number or non-automatic mental elaborations necessary to solve a problem (Salomon, 1981) (ex:  re-stating, interpreting what you saw instead of just watching the pictures go by on tv).
     Factors – preconceptions about the medium, perceived self-efficacy

AIME was used in comparing print and web
They compared web (search engine) and library (OPAC? Oops what about databases?)
How to measure:  1) self-reporting 2)dual-task 3) physiological measures

Dual Task methodology --  Subject performs two tasks at the same time, measure drop in performance of task one based from doing it by itself and doing the two tasks together

They used this method to compare searching the library and searching google.  The results are mixed but a lot more time was spent by the researchers looking at search results and reading documents, and less time searching than in searching the documents

The results did not match self-reporting

Questions from the audience – a question of validity because subjects are reading the results (a: a question they are discussing).  
 
Comments:
Wow, thanks for remembering my talk! I have to confess, I experienced low self-efficacy in comprehending Olsson's talk.
 
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