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Information Studies Department

Empowering People Through Information...

The Department of Information Studies offers a thriving, hopping information science program in which students are inspired, challenged, and groomed to be leaders in an information-driven world.  Our graduates are prepared for careers as librarians, archivists, technology specialists, school library media specialists, network or database administrators, and so much more!

We offer courses in traditional, online, and blended formats. In fact, our department is currently involved in a University-wide Online Teaching and Learning initiative in which we are expanding more of our online course offerings in order to meet the needs of adult learners. Some of our online course offerings include the following:

  • IST666 Educational Assessment & Evaluation for School Librarians and Teachers
  • IST601 The Information Environment
  • IST602 Information and Knowledge Organization
  • IST571 Literature for Children
  • IST533 Information Storage and Retrieval
  • IST610 Visual Resources Management
  • IST611 Information Systems

Our M.S. in Information Science prepares students for jobs where the generation, management, and use of information is the dominant or essential requisite. It involves successful completion of 42 credits and provides five areas of concentration:

  • Archives/Records Administration
  • Library and Information Services
  • Library and Information Services/School Library Media Specialist
  • Information Management and Policy
  • Information Systems and Technology

Two programs combine the M.S.I.S. and the M.A. in either English or History. The Department of Information Studies also offers a Certificate of Advanced Study, a post-master’s degree that allows students to pursue individualized programs related to information.

If you are a UAlbany undergrad, ask us how you can jump start your graduate education with our Combined BS/MSIS or BA/MSIS program!

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College and Departmental News

Elementary Student at the 2013 Jr. First Lego League Expo

Jr. FIRST Lego League Expo to be Held December 13

The Jr. FIRST Lego League Expo is an opportunity for area teams of 6-9 year olds to show off their Lego models and Show Me posters about this year's FIRST Challenge theme: THINK TANK. This year's expo will be held December 13 in the Campus Center Ballroom from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Come see the College of Computing and Information help elementary school children connect technology and the real world.
Visit the Jr. FIRST Lego League Facebook Page.

Image of people attending the 2014 Bunshaft Lecture

2014 Bunshaft Lecture - Were You There?

View the photo gallery from the 2014 Bunshaft Lecture given by Joan Pertak '83, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at PepsiCo. The title of her talk was "Get a Mentor ... Be a Mentor." Check if you were seen at the event.

iConnect Newsletter Spring 2014
Spring 2014 iConnect newsletter keeps Information Studies alumni updated on recent happenings in the Department

iConnect is a student product—developed and written by students in a class on public relations taught by Professor Frank D’Andraia for alumni of the University at Albany Information Studies Department.
Read the Spring 2014 issue today.

UAlbany recently unveiled its first official mobile application under the leadership of two computer science majors – Shivam Parikh and Matthew Gilliland.
Two Computer Science Students Build UAlbany’s First Official Mobile App

University at Albany students, parents, faculty and staff, as well as the community-at-large can now access campus-wide information in the palm of their hand. UAlbany recently unveiled its first official mobile application under the leadership of two computer science majors – Shivam Parikh and Matthew Gilliland.

Global cyberlearning classrooms
UAlbany Cyberlearning Experts Awarded $1.34 Million to Create Sustained Knowledge-Building Networks

A team of scholars led by UAlbany researcher Jianwei Zhang has received $1.34 million from the National Science Foundation to develop a multi-layer cyberlearning platform that will cultivate collaborative inquiry-based practices across classroom communities in America and internationally.

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