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UCL Department of Information Studies turns 100

17 March 2021

2019 – 2020 marked the centenary of UCL Department of Information Studies (DIS).

DIS Centenary promotional image - illustrations of books, portico and firework-like sparks

To celebrate the department turning 100, there will be online exhibition titled Geographies of Information: Celebrating 100 years of UCL Department of Information Studies. The exhibition will explore the history of the department and the role that teaching and research has played in the creation of an international professional workforce over the past decades.  

During the centenary year, the curator explored archive material held at UCL Special Collections and the British Library and led a group of 11 students in a series of oral history sessions with former members of staff and alumni to explore key issues faced by information professionals in their jobs, including records management and publishing, engagement of different communities of practice, development of digital humanities, and uses of artificial intelligence, to mention just a few.

Due to Covid-19 disruptions, the exhibition has now been re-designed for the digital space and these areas of critical enquiry have been situated alongside historical documents in a 3D online environment to facilitate the dialogical dimension of the exhibition and link the past to the present in interactive ways.

Invitation to our centenary exhibition launch

We would like to invite you to our centenary exhibition launch event taking place on 19 March 2021 at 5:15pm (GMT time). 

This launch event will take place online and will include presentations by the Dean of Arts and Humanities, Professor Stella Bruzzi, and the Head of Department, Professor Elizabeth Shepherd. There will also be a short introduction and virtual tour of the exhibition with the exhibition Curator, Dr Alda Terracciano, and conversations with project participants, including alumni and students.

Book your place via Eventbrite


Links and information

Department of Information Studies website
History of the department