Crossing the Boundaries in Information Science: Perspectives on Interdisciplinarity

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List of Authors: Aparac-Jelusic Tatjan, Ma Lai, Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan, Jimenez Virginia Ortiz-Repiso, Huvila Isto, Warner Julian
Editors: Grove A
Publisher: ASIS&T
Publication year: 2013
Journal: Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Publisher: Association for Information Science and Technology
Book title: ASIST 2013 Proceedings of the 76th ASIS&T Annual Meeting Volume 50 2013 Beyond the Cloud : Rethinking Information Boundaries
Volume number: 50
ISBN: 0-87715-545-3


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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