All-Class Reunion and Symposium Honors 60th Anniversary of UCLA IS

Event on Dec. 1 includes Innovative work by UCLA IS students and faculty, keynote by Professor Sarah Roberts.

The UCLA Department of Information Studies will celebrate its 60th Anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 1, with an All-Class Reunion and Symposium, to take place on the UCLA campus. The department, (formerly the UCLA School of Library Services) will showcase the innovative work of its students, faculty, and alumni at the daylong event.

The day will begin at 12 p.m. with lunch at the UCLA Faculty Center and a keynote address, “Calling All Information Professionals: Our Future is Now,” by Sarah T. Roberts, assistant professor of UCLA Information Studies,. Panel sessions will commence at 2 p.m. in Royce Hall, followed by a reception at 4 p.m. in the Powell Library Rotunda.

Panel discussions include “Emerging Issues in Information Studies,” moderated by Professor Anne Gilliland; “Community Archives,” moderated by Michelle Caswell; and “Rare Books – Why? Now? Yes!” moderated by Johanna Drucker. In addition, there will be a panel by UCLA IS Ph.D. students, and a poster session will feature work by current students and faculty.

Panel discussions will include “Emerging Issues in Information Studies,” with Professors Jean-Francois Blanchette, Ellen Pearlstein, and Miriam Posner, UCLA Information Studies, and Shawn VanCour, assistant professor of Media Archival Studies. This panel will be moderated by Anne Gilliland, Associate Dean for Information Studies, and director, Center for Information as Evidence and the Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI).

A panel on “UCLA’s Community Archives Lab: New Directions in Theory and Practice” will be moderated by Professor Michelle Caswell, co-founder of the South Asian American Digital Archives (SAADA), with presentations by MLIS students Henry Apodaca, UCLA/Mellon Intern at the LA Poverty Department/Skid Row History Museum, and Julie Botnick, UCLA/Mellon Intern at the June Mazer Lesbian Archives. Angela Brinskele, June Mazer Lesbian Archives; Clancey Cornell, LA Poverty Department/Skid Row History Museum; and Jessica Tai, UCLA MLIS ’18, Project Archivist, UCLA Library Special Collections will also take part in this discussion. Caswell will also speak on “Summoning the Ghosts: Records as Agents in Community Archives.”

Johanna Drucker, Distinguished Professor of Information Studies and Bernard and Martin Breslauer Professor of Bibliography at UCLA, will moderate “Rare Books and Visual Resources—Now and Ahead,” with Kylie Casino (’17, MLIS), Processing Archivist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Sharon Farb, Associate University Librarian, Distinctive Collections and Chief Policy Strategist, Young Research Library, UCLA; Russell Johnson, Curator, Special Collections for the Sciences, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA; Derek Quezada (’11, MLIS) Outreach & Public Services Librarian for Special Collections & Archives at University California, Irvine (UCI); and current MLIS students Yoonha Huang and Liza Mardoyan.

General admission is $50; $20 for current students. Complimentary parking is available in Structure 2.

To attend this event, please RSVP by Monday, November 26, 2018. For more information and to RSVP, contact the GSE&IS Office of External Relations at (310) 206-0375 or

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Above: The reference desk at Powell Library, circa 1950s.