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1 UNL Libraries Forum 19 October 2010

2 ‘Interdisciplinary’ is a well-defined and clearly understood term among scientists. FALSE.

3 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)

4 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. *

5 Interdisciplinary research is a recent development. FALSE.

6 Interdisciplinarity spells the demise of unique disciplines. FALSE.

7  Credibility in core discipline  Identification of and connection to appropriate collaborators  Geographically-dispersed research units  Disparity in access to same ‘wealth’ of resources *

8  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 *

9 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. *

10  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 *

11 CURRENT Forensic Science Program FUTURE Water for Food Institute

12 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)


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