Information Studies Department
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.
If you are a UAlbany undergraduate, ask us how you can jump start your graduate education with our Combined BS/MSIS or BA/MSIS program!
College and Departmental News
Researchers at the University at Albany's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences have received $477,997 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to examine the role of school librarians in supporting and advancing K-12 education in New York State.
UAlbany Computer Science Professor Tomek Strzalkowski, the director of UAlbany's Institute for Informatics, Logics and Security Studies (ILS), has been awarded $499,930 through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Open Campus initiative to explore the manner in which new data capture techniques can help advance research in areas such as psychology, anthropology, linguistics, and sociology.
Fourteen research projects directed by University at Albany faculty, whose expertise encompasses a wide range of academic disciplines, are awarded the first grants of the University’s Presidential Initiatives Fund for Research and Scholarship to support new and innovative research that may lead to large-scale investigator awards.