Pluri, multi-, trans-meta-and interdisciplinary nature of LIS. Does it really matter?

Sachi Arafat, Michael Buckland, Melanie Feinberg, Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan*, Ryan Shaw, Julian Warner

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The field of LIS is beset by recurrent debates as to its disciplinary status. For decades, the interdisciplinary nature of information science has been upheld without much proof from the ground. But if LIS is not an interdiscipline, is it then a meta-, a trans-a pluri-, a multi-or simply a discipline? The different proposals for qualifying the nature of LIS or for delineating its frontiers suggest that its fundamental nature remains unclear for its community. But is LIS alone in this dilemma and does it really matter? Does it stop the field from progressing?

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the ASIST Annual Meeting
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2014


  • Interdisciplinarity
  • LIS
  • Multidisciplinarity
  • Pluridisciplinarity
  • Scientific disciplines.
  • Transdisciplinarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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