An Introduction to the UCLA Department of Information Studies from the IS Chair, Dr. Gregory Leazer
I would like to welcome you to the Department of Information Studies, located within the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. As our mission states,
GSE&IS is dedicated to inquiry, the advancement of knowledge, the improvement of professional practice, and service to the education and information professions. We develop future generations of scholars, teachers, information professionals, and institutional leaders. Our work is guided by the principles of individual responsibility and social justice, an ethic of caring, and commitment to the communities we serve.
Located in one of the world’s most diverse and dynamic communities, the Department of Information Studies offers a unique blend of professional and scholarly programs and perspectives that honor and address our mission and prepare information professionals and researchers for rewarding and challenging careers that address our pluralistic and changing world, both locally and globally. Over half of the nation’s workforce is now directly engaged in producing, processing and distributing information, and global information and communications systems share information and bring communities together across space and time in completely new ways. Information specialists who have the necessary expertise in managing the creation, authentication, acquisition, organization, preservation, and use of information in all formats and media, as well as in identifying and addressing cultural, social and policy implications are in unprecedented demand.
Our academic programs include undergraduate courses in Information Studies; the Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS), which has three focus areas: Library Studies, Archival Studies, and Informatics; the PhD in Information Studies; and the Moving Image Archive Studies M.A., an inter-departmental program jointly sponsored by the UCLA's Film and Television Archive, and the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media in the School of Theater, Film and Television.
UCLA’s Department of Information Studies is widely regarded as one of the finest in the nation. Founded in 1958 as the School of Library Services, Information Studies today draws upon almost 50 years of excellence, leadership and vision, as well as the rich resources of the UCLA campus and Southern California. Our internationally respected and highly published faculty members are conducting research at the forefront of their fields in areas such as information and media literacy, digital preservation, electronic recordkeeping, the use of digital libraries in learning, and the development of information services and systems for ethnic and other marginalized communities. An outstanding track record of research funding from both national and international funding organizations provides opportunities for students to participate with faculty and other collaborators in research and publication activities. An unparalleled internship program comprising over 300 library, museum, archives, corporate, and other settings across Southern California extends classroom learning and supports the development of practical experience and applied knowledge for professional students.
There are many ways to become involved in our community and we hope that you will join us in our exciting programs.