ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting 
Seattle, WA | October 31 - November 5, 2014

Pluri, Multi-, Trans- Meta- and Interdisciplinary nature of LIS. Does it really matter? (SIG/HFIS, SIG/ED)

Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan1, Sachi Arafat2, Michael Buckland3, Melanie Feinberg4, Ryan Shaw5, Julian Warner6
University of Lyon 3, France; 2School of Computer Science University of Glasgow; 3School of Information University of California Berkeley; 4School of Information The University of Texas at Austin; 5School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 6Queen’s University of Belfast

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 8:30am


The field of LIS is beset by recurrent debates as to its disciplinary status. For decades, the interdisciplinary nature of information science has been upheld without much proof from the ground. But if LIS is not an interdiscipline, is it then a meta-, a trans- a pluri-, a multi- or simply a discipline? The different proposals for qualifying the nature of LIS or for delineating its frontiers suggest that its fundamental nature remains unclear for its community. But is LIS alone in this dilemma and does it really matter? Does it stop the field from progressing?