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Proposal Submission Deadline: January 15, 2009
Collaborative Information Behavior: User Engagement and Communication Sharing
A book edited by Dr. Jonathan Foster
University of Sheffield, UK

Collaborative information behavior can be broadly defined as the study of the
behaviors, practices, and systems that enable people to collaborate during the
seeking, searching, retrieval and use of information. In recent years, it has
become commonplace for users and organizations alike to engage in such
collaborative information behavior. Collaboration may be quite direct when
users’ seek, retrieve, and use information as part of a shared work activity
(e.g. research and development project) or learning activity e.g.
(collaborative group work); or more indirect as users draw for example on the
automated recommendations generated by collaborative filtering and reputation
systems. In the fields of information studies, information science, information
systems, human-computer interaction, and computer-supported cooperative work,
there is a need for an edited collection of articles in this area.

Objective of the Book
This book will aim to coordinate and integrate current research and practices
in the area of collaborative information behavior. It will aim to provide
information on empirical research findings, theoretical frameworks, and models
relevant to understanding the following aspects: the range of contexts in which
collaborative information behavior occurs; the range of approaches, qualitative
and quantitative, currently being used to study collaborative information
behavior; and the range of systems and practices that enable and constrain its

Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals, educators,
and researchers working in the fields of information studies, information
science, information management, information retrieval, and knowledge
management, human-computer interaction and computer-supported cooperative work.
Practitioners who have role in organizational information, communication, and
knowledge sharing will also find the publication of value in understanding and
assessing the collaborative information behaviors that occur within their

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Collaborative information behavior - conceptual frameworks
Collaborative information behavior - methodologies and methods
Collaborative information behavior - qualitative and quantitative approaches
Collaborative information behavior - frameworks and models
Collaborative information behavior in business settings
Collaborative information behavior in educational settings
Collaborative information behavior in legal settings
Collaborative information behavior in medical settings
Collaborative information behavior in government
Collaborative information behavior in other professional contexts
Collaborative information behavior in everyday life
Collaborative information needs, seeking, and use
Collaborative filtering systems
Collaborative querying systems
Recommender systems
Social bookmarking systems
Social navigation systems
Social tagging systems
Designs for systems to support collaborative information behavior
Evaluations of systems to support collaborative information behavior

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 15,
2009, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns
of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified
by January 22, 2009 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter
guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by March 15, 2009. All
submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. This book
is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.),
publisher of the Information Science Reference (formerly Idea Group Reference)
and Medical Information Science Reference imprints. For additional information
regarding the publisher, please visit

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by
mail to:

Dr. Jonathan Foster
Department of Information Studies
Regent Court, 211 Portobello Street, Sheffield
Tel.: +44 (0)114 222 2665 Fax: +44 (0)114 278 0300  
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