Explore diversity — an integral component of IS.

The Department of Information Studies (IS) at UCLA offers students unique opportunities to study cultural diversity issues related to library, archival, and information studies at both master’s and doctoral levels. 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.

The IS faculty is dedicated to educating leaders in the information profession. Students learn to design and deliver user-driven information services by effectively incorporating the latest in theory, technology, and methodology. They will have opportunities to tackle questions concerning equity in information service, social and professional responsibility, equity in access to technology, cross-cultural communication, and much more. IS offers an intellectual climate for the analysis, critique, and discussion of crucial issues in the provision of information services in culturally diverse communities.

Professional and community service are critical components in the promotion of cultural diversity. The IS faculty and staff actively participate in cultural diversity initiatives of the general UCLA campus, provide students with professional experience, and work with the library profession and information industry to ensure successful recruitment and graduation of ethnic students.


The IS commitment to diversity is central to its function as described in its policy on cultural diversity. Its efforts are three-fold:

  • recruit and educate students from diverse groups;
  • hire faculty and staff from diverse groups; and
  • promote understanding of diversity through course content and programs

Curriculum & Professional Development

IS faculty is committed to incorporating both theoretical and applied issues of cultural diversity into its curriculum. The Department has adopted a three-tier curricular model, thereby offering courses with a primary emphasis, a distributed focus, or an elective focus on cultural diversity.

Over 200 local internship sites, many in multicultural environments, have been established to provide students with opportunities to explore and learn about information services. Field study offers students the opportunity to work and learn in information institutions beyond Southern California and abroad. In addition, directed individual study and research assistantship enable students to conduct specialized inquiry under the guidance of leading researchers. Membership in specialized and ethnic professional associations enable students to gain professional development. In particular the student-directed Activist Librarians & Educators Group is committed to promoting equity in information services and through its activities, it supports actions that advance inclusion in all aspects of our profession.

Students in Grupo Folklorico de UCLA rehearse on Bruin Plaza.
Students in Grupo Folklorico de UCLA rehearse on Bruin Plaza.

UCLA Campus Resources

UCLA is internationally recognized for its outstanding academic research and resources. It offers a rich collection of library and multimedia resources. IS students can take advantage of UCLA’s many extra-departmental courses and expertise on ethnic and racial issues. For example:

The view from Hedrick Hall, looking east across the campus to downtown Los Angeles. In the foreground is Kaufman Hall (1932). Janss Steps lead up the hill to Royce Hall and Powell Library, two of UCLA's original buildings (1929).
The view from Hedrick Hall, looking east across the campus to downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles City & County Resources

Southern California is a gateway to the Pacific Rim and a dynamic region enriched by world cultures. This coexistence of diverse traditions makes the city and county of Los Angeles an excellent laboratory for the study and understanding of cultural diversity.

In Los Angeles live people from more than one hundred forty countries; children in the Los Angeles school system speak more than one hundred different languages; and more than fifty foreign language newspapers are published in the county. There is a wealth of cultural institutions, museums, archives, ethnic resource centers, and ethnic communities, and many of these make excellent sites for research and internships.

California Library Association (CLA) Scholarships

California Library Association (CLA) Awards