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Title:One iSchool's Ideas and Identity: Doctoral Training and Research at Rutgers-SCILS 1959-2007
Author(s):Mokros, Hartmut B.
Doctoral Training
Abstract:The proposed paper for presentation at the Third iConference addresses the “Nature and Scope of iSchools and iResearch” conference theme. It addresses this theme through report of an in-depth case study of the organizational, social, and intellectual evolution of one early pioneer in the iSchool movement, the Rutgers University School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies (SCILS). The paper first situates SCILS within the iSchool movement, examining its commonalities with and uniqueness from other members of the iSchool Caucus. Thereafter, the paper focuses specifically on the evolution of doctoral research and training, beginning with the program’s development as a disciplinary LIS program, followed by its transformation into an interdisciplinary program with the multidisciplinary merger that founded SCILS in 1982. The paper examines the evolution of ideas developed in dissertation research produced before and after the founding of SCILS interdisciplinary doctoral program in 1987. This includes analysis of the 269 dissertation produced in the program from 1961 to 2007. It compares and contrasts these periods in terms of ideas, methods and the influence played by dissertation supervisors (44 in all). Finally, it examines the influence of key organizational changes on the perceived identity of the school, its relationship with external constituencies, and its intellectual vision into the future.
Issue Date:2008-02-28
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-03-03

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