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An observational study of the information seeking behaviour of members of Parliament in the United Kingdom.

Orton, Robert; Marcella, Rita; Baxter, Graeme

Authors

Robert Orton

Rita Marcella



Abstract

This paper describes the results of an observational study of the information seeking behaviour of Members of Parliament. It is argued that political life functions on a flow of information and that information itself is a prime resource. The study sought to determine the characteristics that impact upon the manner in which information is sourced and used by parliamentarians. For this project a shadowing methodology was adopted. The conclusions drawn include that UK Members of Parliament are subject to a range of triggers of information seeking, in an information rich environment where the amount of information presents decision makers with difficulties. Public accountability results in demands from a wide variety of individuals, groups and associations. MPs are also expected to be knowledgeable about a wide variety of issues, while information need is frequently unpredictable and reactive. Members must be efficient information gatherers and managers and they must be flexible in their attitudes to information seeking, while retaining the capacity to critically appraise the quality of sources.

Citation

ORTON, R., MARCELLA, R. and BAXTER, G. 2000. An observational study of the information seeking behaviour of members of Parliament in the United Kingdom. Aslib proceedings [online], 52(6), pages 207-217. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000007015

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2000
Online Publication Date Aug 1, 2000
Publication Date Aug 1, 2000
Deposit Date Sep 19, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 19, 2016
Journal Aslib Proceedings
Print ISSN 0001-253X
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 6
Pages 207-217
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000007015
Keywords Internet; Computer networks; Academic staff
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1774

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