Library Support for Interdisciplinary Scholarship in Colleges and Universities: Lessons from the Recent Literature
Mount Saint Vincent University
When librarians understand how knowledge is produced by scholars in an interdisciplinary field and among members of an academic community, they are better able to create information models for collections and services that address actual information needs and recognize the range of information seeking behaviors. Interdisciplinarity may assume several institutional guises: formally in programs of research and instruction, and informally in communication and joint efforts between faculties and individuals, and in the preparation of course syllabi. The recent literature on information seeking, as undertaken by interdisciplinary scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, is reviewed and contextualized within the functional areas of librarianship with the aim of identifying practices that will support the interdisciplinary inquiry of both students and faculty.
Interdisciplinary studies , Information seeking behavior , Academic Libraries , Collections development