The 2013 OCLC-Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science featuring Deen Freelon

March 12, 2013


Deen Freelon"Across the Divide: On Interdisciplinary Collaboration between Information Science and Communication" will be the topic of the eighth annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture in Information and Library Science on March 25, 2013.

Deen Freelon, assistant professor of Public Communication at American University, Washington, D.C. will be the featured presenter at the lecture hosted by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Pleasants Family Room of the Wilson Library at 3 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.


Given that information and communication are inextricably bound together in everyday life, it is not surprising that the scholarly disciplines of information science and communication studies address many similar and complementary research topics. User-focused information science subfields such as human-computer interaction and social computing share common subject matter, and in some cases methods, with computer-mediated communication and new media studies. Unfortunately, collaborations between the two disciplines remain few and far between, both because of divergent conceptual approaches to research and incompatible professional imperatives. Against this backdrop, my talk has three goals: first, I will present a rationale for interdisciplinary collaboration designed to appeal to researchers in both information science and communication. In doing so I will compare the respective core principles of each tradition, highlighting regions of broad conceptual overlap. Second, drawing on my own work as well as that of others, I will offer several practical and generalizable suggestions for building high-impact interdisciplinary collaborations that fulfill the professional imperatives of both fields. In closing I will look to the future, identifying emerging research topics of interest that would especially benefit from such collaborations. 

About Deen Freelon

Deen Freelon is assistant professor of Public Communication at American University, Washington, DC. His expertise is in extracting and analyzing online content, behavior, and outcomes related to political communication. Freelon has published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, and Information, Communication & Society. He is also the creator of ReCal, an online intercoder reliability application that has been used by thousands of researchers around the world. He formerly served as a technology trainer, Web designer and multimedia consultant at Duke University.

About OCLC Online Computer Library Center

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories around the world have used OCLC services for cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services. OCLC and its worldwide member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, making it the world’s largest and richest database of bibliographic information. OCLC publishes the Dewey Decimal Classification system, the most widely used library classification system in the world. OCLC is headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, USA and has over 1200 employees worldwide. For more information visit

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