Savolainen’s everyday information practices: concept and development


  • Xinyue Wang Peking University



everyday information practice, everyday life information seeking, everyday life


Introduction. This study is based on Reijo Savolainen's pioneering work on the Everyday Life Information Seeking (ELIS) model and its evolution into the Everyday Information Practice (EIP) model and the Expanded Model of Everyday Information Practice (E-EIP), which have significantly influenced the field of information behaviour.

Method. Through a literature review, this study elaborated on the core concept and outlined the development of three generations of models.

Analysis. This study first summarised the concept of everyday information practice from a dual perspective that distinguished between narrow and broad perspectives and then proposed its development characteristics and future trends.

Results. A broad definition of everyday life would be more advantageous for future development. The advancements in the three generations of models were proposed as the clarification of components, the avoidance of typology, the emphasis on the life-world, and the extension of practices. The new development trends may focus on information creation, the emphasis on planning and time management, and the attention to multiple roles played by individuals.

Conclusion. Everyday information practice has been continuously developed and improved. It reflects a humanistic, user-centred perspective and remains a vibrant field of study.




How to Cite

Wang, X. (2024). Savolainen’s everyday information practices: concept and development. Information Research an International Electronic Journal, 29(2), 611–618.