City University London Information
Department of Library & Information Science
Our activities build on a longstanding tradition of teaching and research within the field of information science, which has its origins in the work of Jason Farradane, who established a Centre at City in 1961.
Nearly 60 years later we are still leaders in the field of documentation, and we have developed a wider focus to encompass the whole of the collection sciences that support the information communication chain.
Although we are witnessing continuous evolution in the way documents are created, disseminated, collected, managed, organised, preserved, understood and used, the fundamental tenets of library and information science remain essential to enabling recorded knowledge, which itself underpins civilisation.
The Department provides a home for research within the Centre for Information Science, and for our international London Library School. We are known, affectionately, as CityLIS.
Our thriving community of academics, researchers, masters students and alumni maintains excellent relationships with colleagues from a wide range of related disciplines, with our professional body CILIP, with the professional sector, and with the broader community beyond academia.
We embrace and encourage a symbiotic exchange of knowledge between research and practice, so that we can improve access to and understanding of information in all formats, at all levels and for all sectors of society.
We benefit enormously from our London location, with ready access to a wealth of collections, exhibitions and colleagues, which inspires innovation and creative thinking. We welcome international students, research collaboration and visitors, as we work to facilitate a global understanding of information communication and use.