ASIS&T 2013 Annual Meeting 
Montral, Qubec, Canada | November 1-5, 2013

Crossing the Boundaries in Information Science: Perspectives on Interdisciplinarity

Tatjana Aparac-Jeluić, University of Zadar
Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan, University of Lyon 3
Isto Huvila, bo Akademi University
Lai Ma, University College Dublin
Virginia Ortiz-Repiso Jimenez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Julian Warner, Queens University of Belfast

Monday, 1:30pm


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, whereas the development of information science in Europe has largely stayed close to the humanities and the social sciences. This international panel will discuss the theoretical boundaries of information science in relation to disciplinarity and to the identity of information science with a special reference to the premises, promises and implications of diverging historical and contemporary traditions in different European countries and the United States. Is information science gaining strength by being more interdisciplinary? This panel will discuss how IS in their different geographical or cultural zones has grappled with these issues which are in essence issues of boundaries.