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1 The Interdisciplinarity Challenge Establishing the BRASS Centre’s Information Unit Alice Percival

2 Research Centre/library types Traditional (single discipline) Traditional (single discipline) Multidisciplinary Multidisciplinary Interdisciplinary Interdisciplinary

3 Introduction to the BRASS Centre ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability & Society ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability & Society Funding: ESRC, Cardiff University, external Funding: ESRC, Cardiff University, external Research areas Research areas Staff and students Staff and students

4 Interdisciplinarity at the BRASS Centre First interdisciplinary Centre in Cardiff University First interdisciplinary Centre in Cardiff University Problems of defining who we are Problems of defining who we are Broader/multi-perspective view of each research topic Broader/multi-perspective view of each research topic Internal & external communication Internal & external communication

5 Interdisciplinarity at the BRASS Centre Superthemes: Superthemes: * Socio-Environmental Impacts of Business Activities * Sustainable Consumption and Production * Responsible Management Thinking

6 Interdisciplinary challenges for the Information Unit Relationship with Information Services Division & its libraries Relationship with Information Services Division & its libraries Duplication of Information Services stock Duplication of Information Services stock Classification scheme Classification scheme Cataloguing Cataloguing Research support Research support Knowledge management Knowledge management

7 Classification scheme subject headings (1) Agri-food Agri-food Automotive Automotive Biotechnology Biotechnology Communities Communities Electronics Electronics Environment Environment EU research programmes EU research programmes

8 Classification scheme subject headings (2) Human rights & equal opportunities Human rights & equal opportunities Law Law Pollution Pollution Reference works Reference works Responsible businesses & CSR Responsible businesses & CSR Sustainable development conference reports & papers Sustainable development conference reports & papers

9 Classification scheme subject headings (3) Sustainable development organisations Sustainable development organisations Sustainable development strategies & policies in governance Sustainable development strategies & policies in governance Sustainable production & consumption systems Sustainable production & consumption systems Tourism Tourism Waste & recycling Waste & recycling

10 Some characteristics of an interdisciplinary information facility Flexibility Flexibility Broader subject knowledge of library staff Broader subject knowledge of library staff Emphasis on current awareness and information dissemination Emphasis on current awareness and information dissemination Higher proportion of grey literature Higher proportion of grey literature

11 Further information Alice Percival Information Manager/Senior Research Associate BRASS Centre, Cardiff University Tel: Website:


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