Empowering People Through Information

The Department of Information Studies 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.

Our Master’s 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. 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. Our department is currently involved in a University-wide Online Teaching and Learning initiative through in which we are expanding our online course offerings in order to meet the needs of adult learners. We now offer many of the core classes and selected electives online and will continue to expand the variety of online and blended offerings over the next two years.

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

College and Departmental News

  • Participants of 2015 Global Game Jam

    Game on!

    CEAS to host this year's Global Game Jam during the weekend of January 20th, starting at 6pm. Computer gamers from all over the world collaborate and create in this yearly event. Join the fun! Register online by 4pm on 1/20! Read more.

  • Albany business leaders touring the historic building that will be the home of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences - December 6, 2016

    Take A Look Inside Our Future Home 

    Local business leaders tour the future home of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The stunning architectural features of this historic building were beautifully captured by photographers. Read more and view slide shows at Albany Business Review and Times Union pages.
  • Student presentation

    Convey the Importance of Science

     Times Union op ed piece by Dean Kim Boyer calling for engineering educators to prepare students to be ambassadors for science and engineering. Link to Times Union or PDF.

  • Kim L. Boyer, Ph.D., Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Engineering Dean Discusses New College with Phil Bayly on Forum 13

    Kim Boyer, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University at Albany, discusses the college and its work with the City of Albany. Aired November 13, 2016.

  • Schuyler exterior partial rendering

    Schuyler Building Renovation Featured in Laboratory Design 

    The University at Albany is seeking funding to renovate and modernize this stately Classical Revival structure in the heart of historic downtown Albany.

  • Commencement 2016

    Commencement 2016 in Photos

    More than 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the University at Albany’s 172nd Commencement ceremonies, Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15.

  • Gary McCarthy with UAlbany students

    CTG, Albany Law Collaborate on Issue of Urban Blight

    Students from both institutions present recommendations at statewide mayors’ conference.

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    Department of Information Studies
    University at Albany
    State University of NY
    Draper Hall 116
    135 Western Avenue
    Albany, NY 12222 

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

    infostudies [at] albany [dot] edu

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