Presentation on theme: "UNL Libraries Forum 19 October 2010. ‘Interdisciplinary’ is a well-defined and clearly understood term among scientists. FALSE."— Presentation transcript:
UNL Libraries Forum 19 October 2010
‘Interdisciplinary’ is a well-defined and clearly understood term among scientists. FALSE.
Interdisciplinary research means going and interacting in realms that are outside your area of expertise. It has to be problem-driven – you have a question that demands that you enlist the help of others… I work with people who work at different wavelengths. * (summary report written by Wayne Loftus)
The only thing that makes my research interdisciplinary is that I have to put it in my grant applications to get funding. Feedback is used in so many mechanisms…so it is a naturally interdisciplinary area. *
Interdisciplinary research is a recent development. FALSE.
Interdisciplinarity spells the demise of unique disciplines. FALSE.
Credibility in core discipline Identification of and connection to appropriate collaborators Geographically-dispersed research units Disparity in access to same ‘wealth’ of resources *
Coordination of work of multiple colleagues Different vocabularies Lack of information about core journals, texts, and researchers in a given field Lack of information about appropriate publication venues *
Picture a diagram with overlapping circles. You have to do research that bridges between 2 and 4 disciplines. And you can’t just contribute in one specific area. You have to take the disciplines and integrate them somehow to create something new. Most of us are trained in a single field, so it’s hard to take what we know and take it to a different level. *
Continue transition to e-resources Ease access to remote physical materials Identify best tools for collaboration – teach classes for effective use Develop programs and resources to assist experienced researchers working in unfamiliar disciplines Re-examine liaison and selection systems – ensure that interdisciplinary areas are appropriately served *
CURRENT Forensic Science Program FUTURE Water for Food Institute
A multi-dimensional framework for academic support (humanities and social sciences) (final report) Understanding research behaviors, information resources, and service needs of scientists and graduate students (final report)