Organizing personal digital information: an analysis of faculty member activities

Jerry Jacques, Sabine Mas, Dominique Maurel, Jonathan Dorey

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Purpose: The objective of this paper is to document and analyze the organizational activities of faculty members using a personal information management (PIM) framework developed by Jacques (2016). Design/methodology/approach: Interviews were carried out with seven faculty members, focusing on their personal information organization practices as they relate to their academic activities. These interviews took the form of a guided tour of informants' digital workspaces. Findings: Analyses focused on PIM activities make it possible to identify the different strategies adopted by faculty members to organize their academic personal information. This qualitative approach highlights four activities involved in the organization of personal information: inclusion, exclusion, apprehension and implementation. It also reveals differences in the ability of faculty members to analyze their own practices. Finally, the relationship to time and memory of PIM practices is examined through the lens of the concepts of virtualization and actualization. Originality/value: This research provides a more nuanced understanding of PIM practices, specifically of organizational activities, by considering the meaning of these practices for individuals as part of their daily lives. It aims to foster literacy by facilitating the interactions of individuals with their personal information through educational activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-419
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Documentation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2021


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