Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies


Graduate Program

Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies, University of Tsukuba transitioned to Master’s and Doctoral Programs in Informatics in April 2020. Please visit the home page of Informatics Programs if you’re interested in the application from AY 2020.

The website of Master's and Doctoral Programs in Informatics is here.

Application guideline:
Master's Program
Doctoral Program

Event Information


LIS English Program

LIS English program is designed for international students who pursue a career of information professionals in global context. Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies at the University of Tsukuba is the first and only institution in Japan that offers a full-time, two years master’s degree as an English Master's program and three years doctoral degree as English doctoral program in Library and Information Science.

Research Unit and Group

Research Units and Research Groups

Latest News


Graduation Ceremony will be held on March 25. [LINK]

*For more information about the University of Tsukuba Graduate School Degree Graduation Ceremony, please click here.


Prof. Yuzuru Hiraga and Prof. Shinichi Nakayama will retire at the end of March 2022.
The final lectures were held as follows.
Final Lecture by Prof. Yuzuru Hiraga
Date and Time: March 8, 2022 (Tuesday), 16:00 - 17:30
Method: Online (Microsoft Teams)
Title: Still Unaccomplished
Final Lecture by Prof. Shinichi Nakayama
Date and Time: March 14, 2022 (Monday), 16:00-17:30
Method: Online (Microsoft Teams)
Title: The research history of me and my students: Changes in my interests


Final Presentation of Dissertation by Mr. Daisuke Shibata was held on March 10. [LINK]


Dr. Minako Ota has been appointed as an Assistant Professoron on March 1st.

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Awards, Grants, and Media coverage


Kazuki Otao (Supervisor: Prof. Tetsuji Satoh) received a student presentation award in the DEIM 2022. [Link]


Prof. Tetsuya Maeshiro's research on owarai using AI was introduced in the DIAMOND WEEKLY.


Prof. Atsuyuki Morishima has been elected as the next Asia Pacific Regional Chair of iSchools, an international consortium of informatics graduate schools at research universities around the world. iSchools was established in 2005 to promote informatics research. The iSchools was established in 2005 to promote informatics research. iSchools currently has 122 member universities around the world, including the University of North Carolina, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Pittsburgh, and 35 universities from the Asia Pacific region. The University of Tsukuba has been a member since 2012.[Link]


Dr. Tomoko Tanabe(Supervisor: Prof. Chieko Mizoue) a former PhD student, published a book "The Effectiveness of Library Evaluation : Empirical Analysis Based on the Theory of Evaluation Influence" based on her PhD work.This book received the Japan Society for Library and Information Science Award.[Link]


Akihisa Shitara's (Supervisor: Associate Prof. Yoichi Ochiai) research project "See-Through Captions" won the highest award in Japan in the James Dyson Award 2021.[Link]


The Asahi Shimbun EduA (August 8, 2021) and the web version ( introduced Maeshiro Lab. and Prof. Maeshiro's research and research policy.


Master student Chihiro Sato (Supervisor: Associate Prof. Masao Takaku) received the Best Student Presentation Award at the 29th Annual Meeting of Japan Society of Information and Knowledge. The title is "A Visualization Method of Browsing History to Support Reflection on Information Gathering Behavior"[Link]


Junior Assistant Prof. Jiro Kikkawa, Associate Prof. Masao Takaku, and Prof. Fuyuki Yoshikane received the Commemorating Best Paper Award 2021 of Japan Society of Information and Knowledge. The title is "Analyses of Wikipedia Editors Adding Bibliographic References based on DOI Links."[Link]


Assistant Prof. Hiroyoshi Ito received the Best Paper Award in DEIM2021.[Link


Masaki Kobayashi (Doctoral Program, Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies), Associate Prof. Kei Wakabayashi, and Prof. Atsuyuki Morishima received the Excellent Paper Award in DEIM2021.[Link

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