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Black Immigrants, Information Access, & Information Overload

Title: Black Immigrants, Information Access, & Information Overload: A Three-Article Dissertation.

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Name(s): Ndumu, Ana, author
Burnett, Gary, 1955-, professor directing dissertation
Brewster, Karin L., university representative
Lustria, Mia Liza A, committee member
Mon, Lorri M., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Communication and Information, degree granting college
School of Information, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (154 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: LIS literature suggests that the information norms of immigrants are situated in information poverty, gatekeeping, and the digital divide—all of which inhibit access to information. The canon primarily addresses how insufficient information leads to social exclusion. However, it is also possible for immigrants to be overwhelmed by the vastness of information. This dissertation explores the ways in which Black immigrants living in the U.S. experience and negotiate information overload. Virtually no LIS studies explore the dynamics of information as a stressor from the point of view of Black immigrants. Although they are hardly homogeneous, attention to the realities of African, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latinx individuals living in the U.S. is missing from the current body of LIS research. This three-part study involves 1.) analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey to understand Blacks immigrants’ information and communication technology (ICT) access and usage; 2.) survey research to further examine information access as well as measure information overload at a community level ; 3.) focus group research to afford additional insight regarding possible linkages between information overload and acculturative stress. Findings support that Black immigrants are digitally included, but face information overload and therefore social exclusion as a result of adjusting to life in the United States. Information overload is both a casual and determinant of acculturative stress. Finally, to be socially included, immigrants must be equipped with information resilience.
Identifier: 2018_Su_Ndumu_fsu_0071E_14632 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the School of Information in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2018.
Date of Defense: May 29, 2018.
Keywords: Acculturation, Black immigrants, Information access, Information overload, Information science, Libraries
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Gary Burnett, Professor Directing Dissertation; Karin Brewster, University Representative; Mia Lustria, Committee Member; Lorraine Mon, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Information science
Library science
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Host Institution: FSU

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