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on a daily basis" (p. 121). Members of this group "recognized the value of online
information, even if they disliked computers, and used the online search service heavily"
Palmer also assigned each scientist to one of six categories based on "how active
they were in their efforts to find information, either when they needed it or on a regular
basis; how relaxed or anxious they were in their attitude towards the under- supply or
over-supply of information; how much they appeared to need to be in control; and how
broadly they searched" (p. 123). The six categories of information users were
"information overlord," "information entrepreneur," "information hunter," "information
pragmatist," "information plodder," and "information derelict." The "information
overlord" had the most organized system for gathering information on broad interests.
This category of information user also used a wide variety of strategies to seek
information. As the name implied, the "information derelict" was the worst seeker of
information or rarely even sought information.
Using a process and research methodology similar to Ellis and Palmer, Westbrook
(1999 & 1995) examined the information seeking behavior of faculty members in
researching and teaching women's studies. Since women's studies programs were highly
interdisciplinary in nature, faculty members involved in the discipline relied on a wide
variety of information resources. Westbrook's model of the information- seeking process
for these faculty members involved five elements. Her five elements were:
1. Needing: from the first hint that information may be of interest
2. Starting: to work on the need
3. Working: on the need
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