UCL Department of Information Studies

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The Department of Information Studies is a department of the UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities.[1][2]

The School of Librarianship of the University of London was created in 1919 as a school of University College London,[3] the School was the first school of librarianship that was full-time.[4] The School was shut in 1939 and opened again in 1945, it later changed its name to School of Library, Archive and Information Studies[3] and then to Department of Information Studies.[5]. The Department of Information Studies centenary will be celebrated in 2019.

The School formerly awarded a Diploma in Librarianship, from 1970 onwards, this Diploma was known as a Diploma in Library and Information Studies. From 1947, the School also awarded a Diploma in Archive Administration, from 1966, the School also awarded Master of Arts (MA, by examination), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Librarianship or Archives (the MPhil and PhD degrees are awarded for a thesis or dissertation).[6] From 1972, the School also awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Information Studies,[3] the Department currently offers taught postgraduate study in MA Archives and Records Management, MA/MSc Digital Humanities, MSc Information Science, MA Library and Information Studies, MA Publishing, and MRes in Information Studies.[7] The MA Llibrary and Information Studies and the MSc Information Studies programmes are accredited by Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP),[8] and is in the precandidacy stage of accreditation by the American Library Association (ALA),[9] the MA in LIbrary and Information Science has fees of £9,570 (full time) or £4,785 (part time) for UK/EU students.[10] Scholarships and bursaries are available such as the scholarship[11] awarded by the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.

Reputation[edit]

The Department currently offers taught postgraduate study in MA Archives and Records Management, MA/MSc Digital Humanities, MSc Information Science, MA Library and Information Studies, MA Publishing, and MRes in Information Studies,[12] the PG Dip/MA Library and Information Studies, and the MSc Information Studies programmes are accredited by Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP),[13] and the MA LIS is in the precandidacy stage of accreditation by the American Library Association (ALA).[14] The vision of the MA LIS is "Strengthening traditional principles with cutting-edge practice", the school is part of the iSchools consortium of information schools, in Tier 2 of the group.[15]

UCL is currently ranked 16th in the world,[16] and is the UK's largest department of information studies;[17] in September 2017, UCL was ranked fifth in the world for the study of arts and humanities.[18]

Facilities[edit]

The Department of Information Studies is located in the heart of UCL's Bloomsbury Campus, in Foster Court directly opposite the Science Library which houses the Librarianship, Archives, and Computer Science Collections. The Main Library, home to the Paleography and Law Collections, is also located nearby in the Wilkins Building. UCL is one of the main institutions in London's Knowledge Quarter, comprising the area around King’s Cross, the Euston Road and Bloomsbury, this includes world-class cultural institutions available to UCL's students and researchers, such as the British Library, Senate House, the British Museum, and the Wellcome Collection.

Directors[edit]

Each of the following persons was director of the School of Librarianship, the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, or the Department of Information Studies, during the period specified after their name:

Research Centres[edit]

The Department is structured around four research centres, which also engage in interdisciplinary and cross-domain research.[29]

UCL Centre for Digital Humanities[edit]

The UCL Centre for Digital Humanities was founded in 2010. It offers research opportunities at postgraduate level, as well as short-courses,[30] its research its multidisciplinary, covering the intersection of digital technologies with the humanities.[30]

ICARUS[edit]

The International Centre for Archives and Records Management Research was founded in 2005 and defines its research as the following:

Developing and contributing to an active, international, inclusive and sustainable network of critical and reflective thinking on archives and records management practice.

Facilitating the ethical and effective utilisation of archives, records, information, heritage and the work of managing them, in support of wider societal goals including social justice, social cohesion and more equitable access to information.[31]

Centre for Publishing[edit]

The Centre for Publishing offers a research-led MA in Publishing as well as the opportunity to engage with nearby publishing organizations in Central London, the Centre also engages in collaborative interdisciplinary research, in areas including information science, digital humanities, and library and archive studies.[32]

Knowledge Organization and Representation Group[edit]

The Knowledge Organization and Representation Group engages in research into knowledge representation, centred around theory and methodology in the modelling of domains, and in the use of representations for automatic classification and handling of information, and automated reasoning.[33]

The Knowledge Organization and Representation Group researches into ways of formally representing knowledge using structured knowledge organization systems, ontologies, and logic.[33]

KOARG facilitates PhD research in topics related to knowledge organization, knowledge representation or knowledge-based reasoning, as well as interaction with research communities in the wider profession, including the International Society for Knowledge Organization, the Universal Decimal Classification Consortium, and the Bliss Classification Association.[33]

Notable students and staff[edit]

Awards[edit]

The UCL Department of Information Studies offers three prizes every year:

  • Sir John MacAlister Medal founded in 1926 in the memory of Sir John MacAlister, who took the iniative in founding the School of Librarianship. The medal is awarded to the most distinguished candidate in the MA in Library and Information Studies,[44] the medal was awarded to Eve Burman-Lacy in 2016-2017, Emma Sillett in 2015-2016, Amy McEwan in 2014-2015, Katherine Williams in 2013-2014, Natalie Kent[45] in 2012-2013, Matthew Seddon in 2011-2012, Joanna Maddocks in 2010-2011 and Vanessa Freedman in 2009-2010.
  • Cowley Prize founded in 1950 in memory of John D. Cowley, the late Director of the School of Librarianship, with the royalties received from the publication entitled The Libraries in London, being a course of lectures given at the Easter Vacation Course in Librarianship in 1948; awarded to two distinguished candidates for the MA Degree in Library and Information Studies.[46] The prizes were awarded to Lauren Dolman and Hannah Rowe in 2016-2017, Niamh Delaney and Rebecca Scott in 2015-2016, George Bray and Sarah Etheridge in 2014-2015, Sarah Charles and Oliver Henderson Smith in 2013-2014, Alice Dowhyj and Amy Icke in 2012-2013, Erika Delbecque and Victoria Wilson in 2011-2012, Sarah Fletcher and Fiona Godber in 2010-2011, and Paul Stephens and Tabitha Tuckett in 2009-2010.
  • Mary Piggott Prize in memory of Mary Piggott, who taught Cataloguing and Classification in the school from 1947-1974; awarded to the student on the MA or Postgraduate Diploma in LIS who achieves the highest total mark for Cataloguing and Classification. The prize was awarded to Eve Burman-Lacy in 2016-2017, Lauran Richards in 2015-2016, Emily Delahaye and Elżbieta Szubarczyk in 2014-2015, Dorothy Fouracre and Julija Paskova in 2013-2014, Ed Lacey in 2012-2013, Evelyn Jamieson in 2011-2012, Fiona Godber in 2010-2011, and Lesley Ruthven and Tabitha Tuckett in 2009-2010.

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