Interdisciplinarity and Academic Libraries: ACRL Publications in Librarianship No. 66--eEditions e-book

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Interdisciplinarity in Academic Libraries addresses an emerging yet largely unexamined strategic priority for academic and research libraries: interdisciplinarity in the academy. As colleges and universities chart new areas for knowledge creation, teaching, learning, outreach and service, libraries face challenges in developing their response to these transformational changes in higher education. The global networked society, the convergence of multiple areas of study, and the need to address major challenges that transcend any particular discipline are framing issues for twenty-first century institutions of higher education. Library leaders must seize this exciting opportunity to place the library at the center of the emerging interdisciplinary academy by creating and delivering a transformative suite of programs, services and collections. Libraries can lift their institutions to a higher plane of interdisciplinary activity by levering their place in higher education to become the hub of interdisciplinary activity, where librarians foster innovative models of teaching, learning, research, conversation, reflection, and engagement. This book offers multiple perspectives on transforming academic library programs, collections, and services to meet transformational challenges for higher education. Experienced librarians bring an interdisciplinary perspective to collection development, information literacy, digital projects, knowledge organization, services for research centers, and other timely and relevant topics.


The Role of the Academic Library as an Interdisciplinary Knowledge Hub
Daniel C. Mack

1 The Structuring Work of Disciplines
Roberta J. Astroff

2 Disciplinary Morphologies, Interdisciplinarities: Conceptualizations and Implications for Academic Libraries
Jean-Pierre V.M. Herubel

3 Scholarly Practices in a Globally Linked, Technology-Enhanced Academy
Jill Woolums

4 Managing the Interdisciplinary Information Universe: Artisan Activities in a Machine Environment
Ann Copeland

5 Collection Development: Acquiring Content Across and Beyond Disciplines
Gretchen E. Reynolds, Cynthia Holt, and John C. Walsh

6 Area Studies Librarianship and Interdisciplinarity: Globalization, the Long Tail, and the Cloud
Dan Hazen

7 Digital Collections and Digital Scholarship in the Academic Library: An Interdisciplinary Opportunity
Mark Dahl

8 The Changing Role of the Subject Specialist Librarian
Evelyn Ehrlich and Angela Carreño

9 Teaching Research across Disciplines: Interdisciplinarity and Information Literacy
Maralyn Jones

10 Research Centers, Collaborative Data Initiatives, and Centers of Excellence: Extending and Applying Interdisciplinary Research and the Role of the Library
Johann van Reenen and Kevin J. Comerford


Shaping the Future through Interdisciplinary Integration
Craig Gibson

About the Authors


Daniel C. Mack

Daniel C. Mack is Tombros Librarian for Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Head, George and Sherry Middlemas Arts and Humanities Library, at The University Libraries, The Pennsylvania State University.

Craig Gibson

Craig Gibson is Associate University Librarian for Public Services at George Mason University, VA.