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Trans-Atlantic Master's Program: Crossing Global and Disciplinary Boundaries

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Title: Trans-Atlantic Master's Program: Crossing Global and Disciplinary Boundaries
Author(s): Bardeen, Angela; Norberg, Lisa
Subject(s): Study Abroad Library Administration Interdisciplinary Research University Library Services Interdisciplinary Research Social Science Social Science Libraries
Abstract: In response to accelerated globalization and the complex issues facing our nations, colleges and universities in the U.S. are taking a more international and interdisciplinary approach to their educational programming. More interdisciplinary degree programs, along with expanded study abroad options, are increasingly common. These new curricular offerings often require rigorous coursework in the social sciences coupled with study in one or more foreign countries. In order for academic libraries to fully support students in these programs, more must be known about the barriers and opportunities that students face when conducting interdisciplinary research while abroad. This paper describes the results of a study of the University of North Carolina’s Trans-Atlantic Masters Program. Interviews with key stakeholders, student surveys and analysis of course syllabi helped to assess the information needs of students and to identify ways the library could better support the goals of the program. A framework for library support is proposed to address these needs.
Issue Date: 2008-08
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
Publication Status: unpublished
Peer Reviewed: not peer reviewed
Sponsor: International Federation of Library AssociationsUniversity of Illinois, LibraryUniversity of Toronto, Faculty of InformationTitle VI National Resource Center Grant (P015A060066)University of Toronto, Library
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-08-07

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