Four things you need to know now. And one invitation.
The Department of Information Studies at UCLA is setting the intellectual agenda for the information professions and disciplines.
We argue that the principal goal of research and practice in information studies is to support the making of culture and community in an increasingly pluralist, globalizing world.
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 re-imagined.
This approach is necessarily pluralist and global in scope: pluralist in the sense that multiple ways of being, doing, and knowing are assumed to coexist; and global in the sense that these ways of life interact across cultural boundaries of all types.
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.
Our faculty members are internationally renowned scholars and teachers.
The department is home to a stellar group of professors who are conducting research at the forefront of their fields.
These faculty members have advanced qualifications and experience in communication, computer science, critical theory, design studies, digital humanities, media studies, public administration, science and technology studies, and visual studies, as well as library, archival, and information studies.
Our professors shape agendas in areas such as book history, community archives, critical librarianship, data cultures, digital preservation, electronic recordkeeping, knowledge organization, media literacies, and philosophy of information. An area of particular expertise is the development of information services and systems for ethnic and other marginalized communities.
Graduates of our programs have amazing careers.
Our alumni have gone on to pursue careers in organizations such as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the California State Library, the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Library of Congress, the Los Angeles Public Library, and the National Archives, and in companies such as Disney, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Sony Pictures.
Their reach includes almost all libraries, archives, and museums in the greater Los Angeles area as well as numerous not-for-profit organizations, private companies, government agencies, universities, colleges, and schools across the country and around the world.
Would you like to be one of these people — making the world a better place by improving the ways in which information is preserved, accessed, and used?
We are unique – but we don’t stand alone.
UCLA’s Department of Information Studies is an active member of the LIS community. We contribute to the field through faculty, student, and institutional involvement in and affiliation with these and other groups:
Make a start by finding out more about our remarkable graduate and professional development programs.
Rethinking the intersection between technology and culture.
Ramesh Srinivasan, Associate Professor of Information Studies, was one of 11 speakers at TEDxUCLA. He sheds a spotlight on the fascinating ways culture and technology shape one another.