Department of Information Studies

Reimagining the role of information in global advancement.

Democratizing Information

Through scholarship, teaching, institution and community, our Department of Information Studies strives to set new standards in the preservation, architecture, accessibility and utility of knowledge through information.

We cultivate stewards of today’s and tomorrow’s information, always with an eye on reimagining systems for increased inclusivity. It is our mission to produce globally renowned leaders in the field of information studies whose work pushes the world forward. To IS students, alumni, faculty and staff, the freedom to engage with and absorb information is a human right.

Degrees and Programs

Prepare for professional practice and research in a department made up of the top experts in the field, with unparalleled resources and facilities, and a 50-year tradition of excellence.

With Specializations in Archival Studies, Informatics, Library Studies, Media Archival Studies and Rare Books/Print and Visual Culture.

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The Ph.D. program is rigorous and rewarding, with a strong research focus. It is structured so that students can gain maximum benefit from a cohort experience; a has purpose-designed program of coursework coupled with research apprenticeships; and provides strong faculty mentoring. Our students are strongly encouraged to present and publish their research in academic, professional and community venues.

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California Rare Book School, Senior Fellows Program and Post Master’s Certificate of Specialization in Information Studies.

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The Department of Information Studies encourages students to join and support the activities of the student chapters of the American Library Association, the Society of American Archivists, the Special Library Association, the Association for Information Science & Technology, the Association of Moving Image Archivists, and the Student Governing Board, as well as other organizations that fit their interests.

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Explore our diversity — an integral component of IS.

On a grand scale, we view our work as a way to improve life for people worldwide, and that mission is continuously realized by the intellect and curiosity of the people in our community.

Who should be able to access information? What opportunities can information access bring to society? How should we organize and store information? What should be stored? What should be archived, and for how long? With unprecedented access to information in the 21st century, these are just a few of the questions surrounding information management. Information Studies faculty help answer these questions and conduct research for preserving, organizing, and rethinking information in all its forms — print, digital, film, new media and beyond.

Digital Resource Development Initiative

Resources developed by UCLA Information Studies Faculty and Students

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IS Media Preservation Lab

The IS Library and Media Preservation Lab are a hub of activity supporting the research, instruction, and professional development of students, faculty, and staff in the UCLA Department of Information Studies. Leveraging state-of-the-art technology and practice, the IS Library and Media Preservation Lab act as a liaison between academia and industry.

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Information Studies Colloquia

The Information Studies Colloquia provides a forum for intellectual exchange and professional networking. All events are free and open to interested members of the community unless otherwise noted.

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iSchool Mentorship Program

The UCLA iSchool Mentorship program matches current iSchool students with professional mentors. Our mentor pool is composed of UCLA Library staff and UCLA iSchool alumni employed at a variety of institutions in Los Angeles and around the country.

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