Meeting the information needs of interdisciplinary scholars: Issues for Administrators of large University libraries

Susan Searing

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Abstract

Large university libraries face particular challenges in selecting information resources, organizing them, and providing direct services to support interdisciplinary scholarship. The tension between generalization and specialization is manifested in these core activities and in the debate over branch versus centralized libraries. External factors affecting library strategies include the organization of interdisciplinary research and teaching, institutional downsizing, new management theories, changes in scholarly communication, and the forthright political nature of some interdisciplinary fields. Although this article focuses on describing the challenges posed by interdisciplinarity rather than recommending solutions, examples of innovative approaches are noted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-342
Number of pages28
JournalLibrary Trends
Volume45
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

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