About the IS Lab

The Information Studies Research Lab (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.


SAA – UCLA Artifacts Brown Bag with Local In…

SAA - UCLA Artifacts Brown Bag with Local Information Professionals 2/8/19

The UCLA student chapter of the Society of American Archivists, in collaboration with UCLA Artifacts, invite you to join us for a casual conversation over lunch with several local information ...


60th Anniversary All-Class Reunion & Symposiu…

Saturday, December 1, 2018 12pm: Lunch & Keynote | Faculty Center 2pm: Panel Sessions | Royce Hall 4pm: Reception | Powell Library Join us in celebrating 60 years of excellence at the forefront of preserving, ...


Seeking authors with research projects and papers …

The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP) seeks two types of submissions: Features (4000-8000 words): research papers, peer-reviewed (including literature reviews, theoretical or critical analyses, or empirical research articles) Commentaries (500-1500 ...


Center for Primary Research and Training Graduate …

The Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT) seeks applications from graduate students across UCLA for positions that will allow students to gain first-hand experience in working with archives and ...


Ever done a shelf read?

Want some hands-on experience in the library stacks? Join us in the IS Lab on Monday, November 19, from 1:30pm – 3:00pm to learn how to conduct a shelf read.  If you’ve never ...


IS Colloquium Thursday, November 15





Community Discussion: Former US Sec of Education J…

Join us for a community discussion with former United States Secretary of Education Dr. John King, Jr.   Dr. King served in President Obama’s cabinet as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education.  ...


UCLA Biomedical Library Tour, Nov 16

The UCLA Chapter of SLA will tour the UCLA Biomedical Library on the afternoon of Friday, 11/16/18 from 3-5pm. The amazing Russell Johnson (Curator, History & Special Collections for the ...


UCLA GIS Day November 14, 10am-2pm, YRL

UCLA will celebrate GIS Day on November 14th from 10am until 2pm in Research Commons at the Charles E. Young Research Library.  This year’s program features GIS and geospatial technologies ...


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?

Use this form to subscribe to the following ListServs:

If you’re a PhD student, also register for and

If you’re interested in archival issues, subscribe to

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.

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