Information Science has a Long Tradition of Innovation and Leadership

The Department traces its origins to 1889, when Melvil Dewey became director of the New York State Library in Albany and brought with him the library school he had opened years before at Columbia University in New York City. Read more about the department's history, mission statement, and goals here.

Its programs put graduates at the leading edge of the Information Society. Working in a variety of formats, students learn how information is created, organized, represented, stored, accessed, retrieved, managed, and protected in both traditional and non-traditional media. Students also investigate the uses and impacts of information and technology on individuals, organizations, and society including formal and informal communities, libraries, government, and business.

Degrees Offered

The Department offers a B.S. in Informatics, Minor in Informatics, an M.S. in Information Science, a graduate Certificate of Advanced Study, and a Ph.D. in Information Science. The B.S. in Informatics offers students a solid foundation in how to apply technology and information science in any field. The M.S. in Information Science program, accredited by the American Library Association, has a long established reputation for excellence. The Ph.D. program is an interdisciplinary program with affiliated faculty from several colleges and schools across the University at Albany, offering a rich collaboration of expertise and specializations.

A combined B.S./M.S.I.S. degree provides unique opportunities for capable, highly motivated students to pursue most undergraduate majors while also preparing for a career in the rapidly expanding information science fields.

Two programs combine the M.S.I.S. and the M.A. in either English or History. For more information please check the M.A./M.S.I.S. Info Sheet.

Distinguished Faculty

A dedicated faculty is engaged in groundbreaking research in the areas of human-computer interactions, natural language processing and medical language processing, multimedia organization and retrieval, the impact of information and communication technologies, technology and learning, information policy, and many other areas.

Types of Research

Students and faculty members are engaged in a wide range of topics from information literacy to human-computer interactions to multimedia organization and retrieval.

Job Opportunities

Both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Information Science prepares students for a wide variety of career choices. The undergraduate degree provides students with essential skills and a sound knowledge base with which to enter the information industry or to pursue graduate studies. A graduate degree in information science is excellent preparation for individuals seeking careers as information professionals, archivists, librarians or media specialists.

Department Chair

Dr. Philip B. Eppard is the Chair of the Information Science Department.  Professor Eppard, a specialist in archives and manuscripts administration, holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. He joined the University at Albany faculty in 1988 and served as dean of the School of Information Science and Policy from 1997 to 2003. He specializes in archives management and he teaches in the areas of preservation management, rare books, and contemporary publishing.