About Us

Established in 1966, the Department of Library and Information Studies programs invite learners to explore the nature of information and its use, the conceptual foundations of information organization, the information needs of diverse people in a range of contexts, sources of information to meet these requirements, and the cutting edge technology to store and retrieve information, all in the context of the traditional values of librarianship, including intellectual freedom and equity of information access.

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Learn from world-class faculty. Conduct world-changing research. Prepare for a more fulfilling career. At UB, our flexible, nationally accredited programs make it easier for you to achieve your professional goals.
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Welcome to the Department of Library and Information Studies, part of the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo.
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As scholars and educators in information science, we focus on the intersection of people, information and technology. Through systematic, innovative and impactful research, we advance the knowledge and practice of information management, access and use. We create exceptional learning opportunities and collaborate with our diverse local and global communities to transform the information world. This mission supports and advances the missions of the State University of New York, the University at Buffalo, and the Graduate School of Education.
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The University at Buffalo has three campuses: the North Campus in suburban Amherst, the South Campus on Main Street in a North Buffalo neighborhood and the growing Downtown Campus, encompassing several buildings in downtown Buffalo.
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The Buffalo-Niagara region is a major metropolitan area with a diverse blend of communities, each with its own distinct character and all united in a rich panorama of life.
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The University at Buffalo provides a variety of information and central technology services to support students in academic work in the Graduate School of Education.  The Graduate School of Education provides:
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The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is the representative body for graduate students at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Its two key purposes can be divided into representation and services. Its funds are derived from the Mandatory Student Fee ($64 on your bill) and are used to pay GSA staff and fund numerous programs and services offered to GSA members.
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Every student’s academic journey is unique. How each chooses to take advantage of the opportunities to learn, grow, and flourish varies. Our alumni are passionate life-long learners and driven leaders, making a difference in the information field. View their stories here.
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Our programs develop the next generation of information professionals who serve K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and a wide variety of business and non-business settings. The opportunities for employment for those in the ever growing information field include library professionals, system administrators and web designers. 
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We have been continually accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1972. Our mission is to provide a dynamic academic environment that involves groundbreaking research, exceptional teaching, and collaborative service in a diverse global context.
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The Department of Library and Information Studies takes the student experience and the success of our alumni seriously. We regularly survey in an effort to assess the effectiveness of our programs and student services. Below are reports detailing the results of these surveys.
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Please feel free to contact the department for additional information. Reach out directly or submit a form and a we will respond to your inquiry.