Disappearing disciplinary borders in the social science library - global studies or sea change?


The International Federation of Library Association's Social Science Libraries section collaborated with the Center for Global Studies and University Library at the University of Illinois and University of Toronto Library and Faculty of Information to host this conference on August 6th and 7th, 2008 at the University of Toronto.

The conference focused on changes within the social sciences and ways in which academic and special libraries can continue to provide services and resources to researchers who are working on necessarily interdisciplinary research questions within the constraints of organizational structures (universities, libraries, associations, and journals) that can’t easily support this work.

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  • Severt, Cindy (2008-08)
    With an eye towards current and emerging information technologies, this paper seeks to locate the concept of "data" within the context of interdisiplinarity and blurring boundaries between different kinds of information.


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  • Robb, Margaret (2008-08)
    Librarians and information specialists have a crucial role to play in supporting interdisciplinary studies, a form of research and teaching where each discipline continues to be separate and distinct in its approach to ...


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  • Lalleman, Richard; Wesseling, Michael (2008-08)
    The World Wide Web has moved to a place where people can build virtual applications by drawing data and functionalities from a number of other sources on the Word Wide Web. In other words: the Web 2.0 is about sharing code, ...


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  • Johnson, Melissa; LaFleur, LeRoy; Roszkowski, Beth (2008-08)
    Academic libraries as partners in the university’s teaching and learning activities must also play a key role in the development of these global initiatives. Academic libraries in particular are uniquely situated at the ...


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  • Knapp, Jeffrey A. (2008-08)
    This paper explores the relationship between the notion of "discipline" and current/emerging information technologies. While not inherently hindrances to knowledge, disciplines need to be recognized for what they are: a ...


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