Disappearing disciplinary borders in the social science library - global studies or sea change?
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
6-7 August 2008
The conference organizing committee invites proposals for papers on any topic related to the theme of Disappearing Disciplinary Borders in the Social Science Library. Conference papers will be peer reviewed for acceptance and become eligible for the Social Science Section's proposed IFLA monograph on the subject.
Paper topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
* What resources are available to support the librarian's work in interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary fields?
* What strategies are available to promote this type of librarianship?
* What resources are being developed to assist the interdisciplinary scholar?
* How are virtual spaces being used to foster collaboration?
* How can libraries foster and support research communities that focus on interdisciplinary research and teaching among colleagues locally and internationally?
* How are new library services such as support for electronic publishing and archiving affecting interdisciplinary scholarship?
* How are changing models of librarianship, such as the "field" or “embedded” librarian, changing the scholarly landscape?
* How do libraries respond to emerging disciplines: at what point do they become emerging disciplines and when are they simply passing fads?
* How can collection development strategies support interdisciplinary collections?
* How can catalogers and indexers use classification systems to provide better access to works of interdisciplinary importance?
* How can we help better educate our "global" students?
* What are the changing roles of data and datasets?
* Social networking and digital difference, how can the librarian facilitate communication?
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