About the IS Lab

The IS Lab is a hub of activity supporting the research, instruction, and professional development of students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Information Studies.

This academic year marks the beginning of a multi-year strategic development project to enhance the IS Lab’s resources and services.  Leveraging state-of-the-art technology and practice, the IS Lab acts as a liaison between academia and industry.

A key role of the IS Lab is to help students acquire practical skills in support of the department’s curriculum. A Specialization Skills Program (SSP) is in the works, as part of the IS Lab’s developing strategic plan. Potential elements of the SSP include workshops with technical experts, an industry professional speaker series, and a research practicum. 

Help us re-envision the IS Lab!

Schedule an interview to discuss how the IS Lab can support your current needs and plan for your future success.

The IS Lab houses a selective print collection and provides access to instructional resources to support the IS curriculum. Our Collection Development Policy mirrors the curricula of the IS Department’s MLIS, PhD, and Post-Master’s programs. The IS Lab’s print collection, including course reserves, is non-circulating. However, many of the books from the children’s literature collection, which includes recent and award-winning works to support various IS courses, may be borrowed. Copying is available using a BruinCard and in adherence with copyright law.

The IS Lab’s  media  preservation and archiving resources include a growing collection of audio and video processing equipment for which training is provided by IS Lab staff and faculty experts.

Announcements, policies, and resources are posted on the IS Lab’s webpage. In certain circumstances IS Lab policies necessarily may be amended. Please note effective dates.

The IS Lab is staffed by professional academic librarians and students in the Information Studies programs. Lab hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The IS Lab is maintained by the IS Department for the academic use of the entire UCLA community, including all GSE&IS students.


OpenUCLA #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon – We…

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 – 10:00am to 2:00pm YRL – Main Conference Room   OpenUCLA, a Centennial Initiative, will host the Fall 2019 #citeNLM Wikipedia edit-a-thon focused on Mental Health, held in conjunction with ...


Want to collaborate on a podcast?

The Information Studies Podcast Club is seeking MLIS students to collaborate on a new podcast, Constellation. If you can commit to taking on a particular production role and seeing it ...


UCLA IS Colloquium, Thursday, Oct 31, 3-5pm, GSEIS…

UCLA IS Colloquium, Thursday, Oct 31, 3-5pm, GSEIS 111

UCLA Department of Information Studies Colloquium The Re-creation of a Masterpiece: La Prose du Transsibérien.  Documentary by Rosylyn Rhee. Los Angeles, 2019.  Thursday, October 31, 2019, 3:00–5:00 pm, Room 111 GSEIS  Documentarian Rosylyn Rhee ...


Open Access Week 2019

  Tips, Tools, Treats, and GAMES! Celebrate Open Access Week 2019 with us! Tuesday, Oct. 22 Does Open = Access? 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | Research Library Main Conference Room Looking Beyond ...


Historic Recordings from the Ottoman Diaspora: Mus…

When: Tuesday, October 29 @ 1:00 p.m. Where: UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive; 1630 Schoenberg Music Building Record Collector Ian Nagoski will address immigrant musical performers from present-day Turkey and Syria who recorded in the ...


UC-AFT / LIS Meet-Up, Thursday, Oct 10

UC-AFT / LIS Meet-Up, Thursday, Oct 10

RSVP below


Various Library Books: An exhibit of phonebooks fr…

View and download the “Various Library Books” booklist. Organized by Dianne Weinthal (UCLA MLIS ’20)


IS Colloquium: Andrew Culp, Oct 3, 3 pm

IS Colloquium: Andrew Culp, Oct 3, 3 pm

Tomorrow, October 3, we invite you to a presentation from Andrew Culp titled “Invisibility in the Age of Disclosure”. Andrew Culp is Professor of Media History and Theory in the ...


SCELC Supports the University of California’…

SCELC Supports the University of California's Push for Open Access to Research

An Open Letter from the SCELC Board of Directors (Approved September 13, 2019) LOS ANGELES, CA—SCELC, a California based consortium of 113 private academic and nonprofit research libraries, fully supports the ...


Design Thinking Tech Bootcamp Registration Deadlin…

Join us for a 6-week bootcamp led by seasoned industry experts to gain skills in product development and project management. In partnership with the County of Los Angeles, students will ...


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I print?

In the IS Lab, you can purchase 100 pages in print credit for $5.

How do I reset my password?

To reset the password for your GSE&IS account, see a staff member in the Educational Technology Unit (ETU).

Where can I get help with my schedule?

See Michelle Maye in Student Services.

How do I join the right mailing lists?

See the instructions here.

May I reserve space and assistance in the lab?

Absolutely! The IS Lab’s four zones can accommodate a variety of group sizes and activities. Zone A is suitable for larger group meetings, such as classes and workshops. In Zone B, members of the GSE&IS Community have access to computing resources, small group work spaces, and a reading area beside our library stacks. Zone C is home to our growing audio-visual transfer stations and a communal table for group work. Zone D is the perfect spot for a few people to settle in for a good read at any age; we invite our youngest community members to join us here for readings from our Children’s Book Collection. Be sure to book space in the IS Lab at least 24 hours in advance. To meet with the IS Lab Director, schedule an appointment during Office Hours. For help with course-related research, consult with our IS Lab Staff Monday through Thursday between 9am and 4pm.

How may I get help with my research?

Looking for help with your papers, assignments, and research projects? You can drop by one of our libraries, schedule a free research consultation, or get research help online 24/7. See for more information.

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