Scholarly work and the shaping of digital access
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2005
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Volume 56, Issue 11, pages 1140–1153, September 2005
How to Cite
Palmer, C. L. (2005), Scholarly work and the shaping of digital access. J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci., 56: 1140–1153. doi: 10.1002/asi.20204
- Issue published online: 5 AUG 2005
- Article first published online: 21 JUN 2005
- Manuscript Revised: 11 AUG 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 AUG 2004
- Manuscript Received: 8 MAR 2004
In the cycle of scholarly communication, scholars play the role of both consumer and contributor of intellectual works within the stores of recorded knowledge. In the digital environment scholars are seeking and using information in new ways and generating new types of scholarly products, many of which are specialized resources for access to research information. These practices have important implications for the collection and organization of digital access resources. Drawing on a series of qualitative studies investigating the information work of scientists and humanities scholars, specific information seeking activities influenced by the Internet and two general modes of information access evident in research practice are identified in this article. These conceptual modes of access are examined in relation to the digital access resources currently being developed by researchers in the humanities and neuroscience. Scholars' modes of access and their “working” and “implicit” assemblages of information represent what researchers actually do when gathering and working with research materials and therefore provide a useful framework for the collection and organization of access resources in research libraries.