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InfoKnit. Group 2: The Information Behavior Model of Knitters. Knitters knit to:. Avoid idle time Stave off loneliness Link to other generations Accomplish something.

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Infoknit

InfoKnit

Group 2:

The Information Behavior Model of Knitters


Knitters knit to

Knitters knit to:

  • Avoid idle time

  • Stave off loneliness

  • Link to other generations

  • Accomplish something.

“Purls of wisdom: A collectivist study of human information behavior in a public library knitting group,” Journal of Documentation, by Elena Prigoda, and Pamela McKenzie


Knitting can be social

Knitting can be social

  • Form groups in relation to a textile object

  • Share knitting and other information

  • Offer support

  • “Friendship with strangers”

  • Give to others or charity


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Knitter filters

  • Caring

  • Sharing

  • Creativity

  • Knowledge

Caring / sharing

Knitter knitting

Creativity / Knowledge


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Caring / sharing

Knitter knitting

Creativity /

Knowledge

INFO NEED

RESOURCES:

Online

Print

Physical items

Seeking information

Half of the picture

  • A mix of Bates’ berry picking

  • And Dervin’s sense making


Sharing information

Caring / sharing

INFO NEED

Knitter knitting

Creativity /

Knowledge

Sharing of knitting and non-knitting info WITHOUT INFO NEED

INFO NEED

Caring / sharing

RESOURCES:

Online

Print

Physical items

Other Knitters

Creativity

knowledge

Sharing information

  • With knitters in groups, online

  • Craft related

  • Other


Textile piece

Caring / sharing

INFO NEED

Knitter knitting

Creativity /

Knowledge

Sharing of knitting and non-knitting info WITHOUT INFO NEED

INFO NEED

Caring / sharing

RESOURCES:

Online

Print

Physical items

Other Knitters

Creativity

knowledge

FINISHED PRODUCT

Textile piece

Model developed by team; graphics by Erin Ziegenfuss


Women in prison knitting

Women in prison knitting

  • Meeting with volunteers

  • Knitting for charity

  • Sharing of information prevalent

Washington Corrections Center for Women photo


Questions to ponder

Questions to ponder

  • Although Leckie-Pettigrew’s model is designed for professionals, would it apply to our crafters? If so, explain.

  • Savolainen studied the everyday life for his model, would it apply to knitters? Which Mastery of Life type would apply to our group?

Photos by Sue Castelin


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