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

All colloquia are usually held in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) Building, Room 111, on Thursdays at 3:00pm. Receptions to follow in the 2nd floor Salon.


We aim to maintain a welcoming and accessible environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors in our building. This goal of accessibility includes keeping our classrooms as scent-free as possible by specifically avoiding the use of perfumes and colognes as they can trigger serious health issues. In this regard, as a courtesy to individuals who have fragrance allergies, please refrain from wearing personal care products with fragrance when attending classes and events in GSEIS.

More information about being scent-free can be found here:

Thank you for your consideration for all members of our community.


Professors Melina Abdullah and Ramesh Srinivasan on Information, Access and Activism





2016 – 2017



OCT 6, Johanna DruckerUCLA Department of Information Studies, “Concept Modelling: A Non-Representational Approach to Visualizing Interpretation”

* OCT 13, 4:30 PM, Renate Mesmer, Head of Conservation at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.“Playing Our Part: A Special Collections Library in the 21st Century”

* OCT 20, 4:30 PMAbigail Quandt, Head of Book and Paper Conservation, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, “Revealing Hidden Stories: The Role of the Conservator in Advancing Scholarly Research on Illuminated Manuscripts”

Breslauer Lecture Series: OCT 27, Florian Cramer, Applied Research Professor and Director of Creating 010, Willem de Kooning Academy and Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, “Crapularity Hermeneutics”

* NOV 3, 4:30 PMLieve Watteeuw, Head of Book Heritage Lab, KU Leuven, Belgium, “Photometric Stereo Imaging with the Microdome for Studying Bookbindings, Illuminations, Drawings and Documentary Heritage”

NOV 10, Ted Nelson, Internet Archive Fellow Computer Scientist, “A Conversation with Ted Nelson”

* NOV 17, 3–6 PMSheila Waters & Julian Waters, Authors of Waters Rising: Letters from Florence, a Chronicle of the Flood Treatments at the National Library of Florence, “The West Coast Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Florence Flood and the Book and Paper Conservation Techniques Developed”

* Book and Paper Conservation Series, Location: UCLA Northwest Auditorium, Sponsor: Mellon Foundation Grant for Book and Paper Conservation. Admission is free but space is limited so please RSVP.



JAN 19, Dr. Paul Dourish, Chancellor’s Professor of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, “Spreadsheets In Organizational Life: A Case Study in the Materialities of Information”

Kenneth Karmiole Lecture Series in Archival Studies: JAN 31 (Tuesday) David Fricker, President of the International Council on Archives, Title to be Determined, Location TBD. Reception at 4:30 PM, followed by the lecture at 5:30 PM
Breslauer Lecture Series: FEB 2, Manuel Portela, Director of the Ph.D. Program in Materialities of Literature at the University of Coimbra, “The Book of Disquiet”: Digital Archive as Literary Simulation

FEB 16, Dr. Page Dubois, Distinguished Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature in the Literature Department at UC San Diego, “Democracy?”

FEB 23, Dr. Tarleton Gillespie, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, an affiliated associate professor in Cornell’s Department of Communication, a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, “The End of the Neutral Platform: How Social Media Moderate, Choreograph, and Censor Public Discourse, at Scale and Under Pressure”

MAR 2, Dr. Christina Dunbar-Hester, Assistant Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, “The 3D Printer Will Come, Now How Do We Kick People Out?” Diversity Advocacy and Governance in Open Technology Projects

MAR 9, Dr. Pekka Henttonen, Department of Information Studies, University of Tampere, “Privacy as an archival problem and solution”



APR 6, Dr. Marisa Duarte, Assistant Professor, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University, “Connecting Beyond the Interface: Indigenous Knowledge, Mobilization, and Deloria’s Right to Know”

APR 20, Dr. Daniela Rosner, Assistant Professor of Human-Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington and co-director of the Tactile and Tactical Design Lab (TAT Lab), “Becoming a Maker-Scholar”

MAY 11, Dr. André Brock, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan, “A Critical Race Approach to Social Informatics”

MAY 18, Doctoral Student Research

Other IS Lectures


The Francis Clarke Sayers Lecture Series:

This annual lecture series honors Frances Clarke Sayers (1897-1989), distinguished children’s librarian, inspiring master teacher, author, storyteller, and member of the UCLA Department of Library and Information Science faculty from 1960-1989.


The Kenneth Karmiole Lecture Series in Archival Studies:

The Kenneth Karmiole Lecture is made possible by a generous gift from Information Studies alumnus Kenneth Karmiole. The Karmiole Lecture Fund provides departmental support to bring speakers to campus for greater national and international visibility of the Archival Studies program within UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.

Past Colloquium Speakers




  • November 7 – Richard Chabran and Melissa Camaoire, with Ramesh Srinivasan, “Why Diversity Matters in Information Studies: A Roundtable Discussion with IS Diversity Council”
  • November 14 – Ciaran Trace, “Archives and Human Centered Computing”
  • November 21 – Chris Borgman, “Scholarship in the Networked World: Big Data, Little Data, No Data”
  • January 9 – Christopher Kelty and PartLab (Roderic Crooks, Morgan Currie, Seth Erickson, Patricia Garcia, Aaron Panofsky, Michael Wartenbe, Stacy Wood), “Disentangling Participation: Theoretical, Methodological and Collaborative Approaches”
  • January 16 – Elizabeth Losh, “The President’s Blackberry: Ubiquitous Computing and State Sovereignty in the Obama Administration”
  • January 23 – Jason Farman, “Bodies, Spaces, and the Mobile Interface”
  • February 6 – Katie Herzog, “Expressionist Librarianship, Psychedelic Informatics, and Experimental Lexicography: Information Science as Art Material”
  • February 20 – Sarah Roberts, “Behind the Screen: The Commercial Internet Content Moderation Industry and its Workers”
  • February 27 – Mario Biagioli, “Ghostwriting in Science and the Problem of Authorship”
  • April 3 – Christo Sims, “The Cutting Edge of Fun: Learning Privilege in the Digital Age”
  • April 10 – Lisa Parks, “Water, Energy, Access: Approaches for Studying Mobile Phone and Internet Use in Rural Zambia”
  • April 17 – Breslauer Lecture: Robert Fraser, “Whereof One Cannot Count…Reception, Information and Meaning”
  • April 24 – Wendy Chun, “Habitual New Media
  • May 8 – Rita Raley, “Speculations on a Critical Digital Humanities”
  • May 22 – Jenna Burrell, “The Materiality of Rumors”
  • May 29 – Gabriella Coleman, “Anonymous in Context: The Power and Politics behind the Mask”


  • October 4 –, “Social Justice Movements and Grassroots Organizing”
  • October 11 – Paul Dourish, “Representational Practice and Digital Forms: Towards a Materiality of Digital Data”
  • October 25 – Siva Vaidhyanathan, “The Googlization of Everything (and Why We Should Worry)”
  • November 1 – Karen Wilson (Department of History, UCLA)
  • November 8 – Diversity Event – “Telling Our Stories: History and Challenges of Two Spirit Persons Through Personal Digital Storytelling”
  • November 15 – Anjali Arondeker, “The Aporia of Exemplarity: Sexuality, Archives, South Asia”
  • November 29 – Peter Lunenfeld, “How To Do Generative Humanities”
  • January 24 – Michael Gurstein, “Why Community Informatics is Necessary for Democracy”
  • February 21 – Student Peer-to-Peer Presentation Workshop
  • March 7 – Panel, “Telling Our Stories: Oral History and Qualitative Interviews for Underserved Communities”
  • April 4 – A Visit with Charmaine Jefferson
  • April 18 – Safiya Noble, “Searching for Black Girls in Google: Old Traditions in New Media”
  • April 25 – Harvey Graff, “Literacy Myths, Legacies, and Lessons: A Conversation”
  • May 2 – Rina Bliss and Ramesh Srinivasan, “Diverse Ontologies and Networked Dissent: Tales from the Globe”
  • May 9 – Joseph Tennis, “Open Worlds in Closed Systems: The Methodological Concerns at the Intersection of Literary Warrant and Vocabulary Scheme Change”
  • May 16 – Breslauer Lecture featuring Christine Madsen, “Library Futures and the Importance of Understanding Communities of Users”
  • May 23 – Sue Tyson, “Los Angeles Food History in Virtual Research Environments: A Multidisciplinary Exploration”


  • January 12 – Geoff Bowker (School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh)
  • January 19 – Tim Naftali, “Telling the Truth about Watergate in Nixonland”
  • January 26 – Simon Penny (Arts Comutation and Engineering, UC Irvine)
  • February 9 – Lisa Nakamura (Department of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois)
  • February 16 – Marlene Manoff (Humanities Library, MIT)
  • March 1 – Brad Fidler (Department of History, UCLA)
  • March 8 – Kelvin White (University of Oklahoma)
  • March 15 – Miriam Metzger (Department of Communications, UC Santa Barbara)
  • April 5 – Jacqueline Goldsby, (Department of English, New York University)
  • April 19 – Casey Reas (Design | Media Arts, UCLA)
  • May 10 – Breslauer Lecture featuring Lisa Gitelman (Department of English, Department of Media, Culture and Communications, New York University)


  • October 6 – Harold Short, “Where Does it Fit? Institutional Challenges in the Digital Humanities”
  • October 20 – Jake Nadal, “Unusually Effective: Policy, Evidence, and Strategy in Collection Management”
  • October 27 – Tara McPherson “Animating the Archive: Emerging Forms of Digital Scholarship”
  • November 10 – Ted Nelson, “Reaching Out of the Paperdigm”
  • November 17 – Gary Small (School of Medicine, UCLA)
  • January 13 – Michael Buckland, “What Kind of Science Can Information Science Be?”
  • January 20 – Michèle Cloonan, “Reshaping the Image of Preservation and Conservation Research”
  • January 27 – Rory Litwin, “Library Juice Press and Alternative Book Publishing in LIS, Past and Present”
  • February 3 – Andrew Flinn, “Archival Activism: Independent and Community Archives, Radical History Making and the Heritage Professions”
  • February 17 – MLIS Outreach
  • February 24 – Sharon Traweek, “Intersectionality and Border Crossings in Databases”
  • March 3 – Alberto Pepe “From Astronomy to Astroinformatics: Linking Scientific Data and Documents”
  • March 10 – Kavita Phillip, “Postcolonial Technopolitics: Spaces of Contradiction in Transnational Technology Studies”
  • March 17 – Christine Borgman, “Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet: Reflections on Three Decades in Internet Time”
  • April 7 – Jeff Jonas, “Macro Trends and What to Do about It”
  • April 14 – Judith Halberstam, “Forgetting as a (Queer) Practice”
  • April 21 – The Annual BRESLAUER LECTURE featuring Matt Kirschenbaum, “Digital Humanities and Born-Digital Cultural Heritage”
  • April 28 – “Books, Kids, and Doing Time: Recreational Reading in a Juvenile Detention Facility”
  • May 11 – John Wilbanks, “Thoughts on the Fragmentation and Reintegration of Scientific Communication”
  • May 19 – David de Roure, “Reflections on Digital Social Research in the e-Research Ecosystem”