Empowering People Through Information

The Department of Information Science educates, challenges, and inspires library, archival, and information professionals to be leaders in an information-driven and interconnected society. The collection, organization, retrieval, preservation, management, and dissemination of information resources enrich cultures within society and promote equity, diversity, accountability, and intellectual development.

The department is home to a strong B.S. in Informatics program that prepares graduates to apply technology across disciplines in a number of ever-expanding information technology careers. Our Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) program is one of 50 library and information science programs in the US to be accredited by the American Library Association, and our interdisciplinary Ph.D. program prepares graduates for leadership roles in the information science field or in academia.

In every area of study, students are instructed by faculty who are world-class scholars and teachers - many are actively engaged in research and scholarship that contribute profoundly to the public good. Graduates occupy top jobs in academic, public, school, corporate, and government libraries and archives, as well as in many other information-handling organizations throughout the world.

We offer courses in traditional, online, and blended formats. Read more about our online program and courses here.

Detailed information about our different programs and requirements can be found on our Undergraduate Programs and Graduate Programs pages.

College and Departmental News

  • Daphney Zois, Charalampos Chelmis, and Wonhyung Lee, assistant professors in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Social Welfare, respectively

    Making Communities Smarter and More Connected 

    How an electrical engineer, computer scientist, and social work researcher are combining forces to create smarter and more connected communities. Read Full Story >

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    Can Smart Phones Make Cities Smarter? 

    Are mobile devices the answer to affordable urban technology? Professor Tolga Soyata and his students are researching some possibilities. Read Full Story > 

  • Mariya Zheleva

    5 Questions with Professor Mariya Zheleva

    Wireless networks and the rugged places of the world. Read Full Story > 

  • Weifu Wang and Ahmed Abdelwahab

    Knot Robot

    Weifu Wang, assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Ph.D. candidate Ahmed Abdelwahab work to teach robots how to tie knots and manipulate flexible objects. Read more about Professor Wang and his work. Featured in UAlbany's Photo of the Day.

  • CVML Team

    CEAS Faculty and Students Win Award in First IEEE AI City Challenge

    Working on the cutting edge of deep learning, UAlbany's Computer Vision and Machine Learning researchers are tackling real-world transportation challenges.

  • Environmental and Sustainable Engineering Department Chair, Professor Yanna Liang

    Engineering Sustainability

    CEAS announces the first leader of its brand new department.

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    Department of Information Science
    University at Albany
    State University of NY
    Draper Hall 113
    135 Western Avenue
    Albany, NY 12222

    Phone: (518) 442-5110
    Fax: (518) 442-5367

    infosci [at] albany [dot] edu

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