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Crossing the Boundaries in Information Science: Perspectives on Interdisciplinarity
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2013 (English)In: ASIS&T 2013 Proceedings of the 76th ASIS&T Annual Meeting Volume 50 2013 Beyond the Cloud: Rethinking Information Boundaries, 2013Conference paper (Refereed)Text
Abstract [en]

Information science has often been recognized as an interdisciplinary field. The marriage between librarianship/documentation and computer science was a natural development in the United States in the post-War period (Farkas-Conn, 1991; Hahn & Barlow, 2012), while the development of information science in Europe has largely stayed close to the humanities and the social sciences, in particular, in relation to communication and media (Ibekwe-SanJuan, et al., 2010). For many years, the interdisciplinary nature of information science has been applauded; until recently, we are warned that interdisciplinarinity may be harmful to the identity of the field. Buckland (2012) states that the claim of being "interdisciplinary" is to choose a position of weakness because "in times of economic crisis political power tends to reside in well-established disciplines." Cronin (2012) comments that "the field’s sense of identity, arguably fragile at the best of times, is likely to be further weakened" for its "epistemic promiscuity."

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Theoretical foundations, interdisciplinarity, research agenda information science, documentation.
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Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-291397OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-291397DiVA: diva2:925472
ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2013
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