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Shannon,

The comments you make about SOCNET made me think of the old days and 'want ads' in newspapers. When someone sends a request to a group similar to SOCNET, I would think they are aware that some members of the group may be very interested in the topic while others will read it and delete the email.

The concept seems similar to newspaper want ads. There is a defined population (subscribers to the newspaper or members of the NET) and the email queries are similar to the ads. A person sends the email to the defined population and then waits for interested users to respond.

Dave

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From: Shannon Clark <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2005 1:58 pm
Subject: Re: people's information-seeking-behavior -- libraries versus friends

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> An observation to consider, however, and one I think may be
> present in
> current information seeking behavior is the role the Internet and
> searchtools more generically play in modern information gathering
> behavior.
> From a network perspective this is different than "asking your
> friends"and different as well from "asking dedicated experts"
> (i.e. librarians).
>
> In the example of Doctors, in 1966 this wasn't a realistic or viable
> option, but I would suspect strongly that "do a Google search"
> followedby "search on WebMD" (and perhaps other dedicated medical
> onlineresources) would now be the first behavior for many doctors (and
> patients) when facing uncertainty, often probably even before
> consultingwith others and almost certainly before turning to
> specific point
> resources (a given journal, specific books/literature etc)
>
> Also, consider the nature of inquiries into groups such as SOCNET.
> Theseare not queries to a single person - i.e. one on one
> relationships, but
> neither are they impersonal requests to a non-person resource (looking
> up in the index of a reference work etc.) - there is a "network"
> component - but one that is to some degree different than individuals.
>
> I haven't seen this in any of the literature I have read in the field,
> but it strikes me that mailing lists and other groups - especially
> whenthe participants list is large and most "members" are unknown
> to each
> other - represents an aspect of networks that should be
> considered, I
> think when present groups such as SOCNET change the dynamics of the
> network of relationships in crucial ways.
>
> In a similar manner, large associative relationships without prior
> personal connection - such as an alumni network or in the business
> worldthe "McKinsey" network people who have worked for McKinsey in
> the past -
> represent active, and very real parts of the social network for their
> members. In the specific case of information gathering, I know I have
> met many people who described how they very pro-actively used such
> networks when gathering information - the network relationship serving
> as a quick path to people otherwise unconnected. With the
> importance of
> the relationship being the action taken by the other party, which
> differed had the relationship not be mentioned and utilized.
>
> Fascinating topic, hope this is helpful.
>
> Shannon
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> friends
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> Hello Edith!
>
> Always start with a root. Hence, look at Medical Innovation by
> Coleman,Katz
> and Menzel, 1966. Especially focus on chapter 5 (The Doctor's
> Decision).The
> book shows that under conditions of uncertainty (caused by medical
> innovation), doctors talk to the Detail Man, read Journals and
> Drug-House
> information.  They further show that occupied with this objective
> information doctors then turn to their community of peers and
> conform to
> others' decision.  In Weber's terms, information is akin to conditions
> for
> practice; but networks constitute the switchmen who decide the
> specificsof
> action and concrete decisions.
>
> This is the nutshell. Go for the real thing.
>
> Gad
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> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Bill Richards
> Sent: Monday, February 14, 2005 7:17 PM
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> friends
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> Edith <[log in to unmask]> wrote to ask:
>
> Hello,
> Can you recommend relevant articles regarding Social networks
> analysis,dealing specifically with the subject of people's
> information-seeking-behavior as related to libraries versus
> turning to
> friends for information?
> Thanks so much,
> Edith.
>
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