Geography and Librarianship
John Abresch (University of South Florida Libraries, USA), Ardis Hanson (University of South Florida Libraries, USA), Susan Jane Heron (University of South Florida Libraries, USA) and Peter J. Reehling (University of South Florida Libraries, USA)
Copyright: © 2008
There are many definitions of the study of geography. Most scholars define the discipline of geography as broadly concerned with the study of the earth’s environment and interpretation of the different natural and man-made phenomena that occur across it. Geographers are interested in the interrelationships between phenomena across the earth’s landscape in individual locations and across different regions. Though considered a social science by scholars, the field of geography incorporates methods and techniques that relate the study of geography to a variety of disciplines, such as anthropology, geology, ecology, political science, transportation, health, engineering, and library and information science. The multidisciplinary nature of geography provides opportunities for scholars in the discipline to apply these geographic concepts to many areas of study. The application of geographic techniques to new areas of study has provided the impetus for proposing new hypotheses and testing theories in different disciplines. The research has advanced geographic thought beyond established paradigms, as scholars use computer applications and remotely sensed data to redefine concepts of geographic space and to study the phenomena that occur in them.