Playing dice with a digital library: Analysis of an artist using a new information resource for her art production

Heli Kautonen*

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Artists are a lesser-known group of information resource users. Previous research on their information behavior and needs are few, and there is not enough evidence of artists’ experiences of information systems in a natural context of use. This paper presents a reflective study of an artist using a new online information resource during seven intensive days for her artistic production. The resource is a digital library, which combines materials from a wide range of archives, libraries, and museums in one nation. The analysis was based on data collected during two interviews with the artist, as well as artifacts she produced during the production. The key findings were validated with a survey among a community of artists. The results indicate an impulsive and strongly associative, yet extremely goal-oriented, information usage pattern that challenges developers of the digital library service. Similar usage behavior and needs may be common among other user groups.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationUsers and Contexts - 17th International Conference, HCI International 2015, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319210056
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 5 Aug 20157 Aug 2015
Conference number: 17

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleHCI
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles


  • Artists
  • Contextual design
  • Cultural-Historical Activity Theory
  • Digital library
  • Information search and retrieval
  • User experience

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