Department of Information Studies
Reimagining the role of information in global advancement.
Overview of Department
The UCLA Ed&IS Department of Information Studies is a powerhouse in an increasingly vital field. As a leading architect of the agenda for how information is disseminated and deployed in the 21st century, we believe that open and frictionless access enables incredible outcomes and creates a better and more equitable world. The Department is home to UCLA’s iSchool. The international iSchool community is dedicated to advancing the information fields. iSchools promote an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the opportunities and challenges of information management, with a core commitment to concepts like universal access and user-centered organization of 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.
Find Your Place
UCLA Ed&IS provides pathways for all. Let's see where you fit.
Where Information Drives Equity
We share a strong, specific ethical commitment to the advancement of social equity, social justice, and individual and community empowerment, and to the promotion of diversity, accountability, and intellectual openness. Rather than focusing on particular context-specific technologies and institutions, we focus on people as actors and agents in their worlds (instead of as users, patrons, or consumers); on communities as networks of belonging that foster agency and the construction of identity among their members; on culture as both the means for, and the result of, people’s cultivation of their capabilities; and on artifacts as the objects through which culture is preserved, reproduced, and reimagined.
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.
A Culture Driven by the Potential of Culture
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.
Explore our diversity — an integral component of IS.
The Department of Information Studies offers students unique opportunities to study cultural diversity issues related to library, archival, and information studies at both master’s and doctoral levels. The School of Education & Information Studies values diversity of all kinds as a key component to our community.
Situated in one of the most culturally rich regions in the country, UCLA enables students to gain first-hand experience in understanding the dynamics of multiculturalism.
Information Studies Lab
The IS Lab is 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 Lab acts as a liaison between academia and industry.
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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