Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Information Science

Content Description

1 online resource (xii, 246 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Deborah L Andersen

Committee Members

David F Andersen, Jennifer J Goodall


community and connectedness, curriculum, Information Science Education, Interdisciplinary approach in education, Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge, Information science, Curriculum change, Graduate students, Universities and colleges

Subject Categories

Curriculum and Instruction | Higher Education | Library and Information Science


The Information Science doctoral program at the University at Albany, State University of New York, faces many of the same challenges found in highly interdisciplinary programs across educational institutions worldwide such as complex curricula development, abundant discipline languages and cultures, and stakeholders clinging to the traditional, single-discipline university system. In 2006, the University at Albany Information Science Ph.D. program faculty redefined the program's structure in hopes of addressing the challenges it was facing. Program structure is a social process shaped by community participation and is influenced by many factors including students, faculty members, and both informal and formal knowledge production.