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New partnership between iSchool and School of Continuing Studies

Posted by CLA Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2014/02/21

I am pleased to announce the establishment of a new partnership between the Faculty of Information and the School of Continuing Studies. The initiative will bring all iSchool Institute (iSI) courses under the School of Continuing Studies’ umbrella of continuing education offerings, while maintaining the distinctive iSchool Institute program, in collaboration with the Faculty of Information.

This is a momentous event in the history of the Institute, and its predecessor, the Professional Learning Centre.  The School of Continuing Studies is an innovative and globally-recognized leader in continuing education with a passionate sense of purpose and a focus on placing learners first. With their experience and position in the industry we look forward to developing this new partnership.  An advisory committee will be convened for consultation on a regular basis with School of Continuing Studies to review program content and quality, oversee use of the iSchool and iSI brand, propose and critique new course offerings, and provide other assistance.

The transition will begin immediately, and take place over a period of several months.  As details are being finalized, we will share that information.

For now, I am pleased to tell you that the School of Continuing Studies will begin to offer the iSchool courses and certificates starting in September. The iSchool will contact current students and will be posting more details on its website as they became available.

This is a wonderful new partnership. Please join us in celebrating the greater exposure for our courses, which will expand our audience base, and most importantly, reinforce our commitment to providing life-long learning opportunities for our students, alumni, and to the Information community at large. 


Dr Seamus Ross
Dean and Professor
Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

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Dr. Anna Altmann extended one year as Interim Director, SLIS

Posted by CLA Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2014/02/10

A message from Dr. Fern Snart, the Dean of Education at the University of Alberta, about the School of Library and Information Studies:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Anna Altmann, Interim Director of the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) for 2013-14, has agreed to extend her appointment by one year, ending June 30, 2015.

Anna’s positive energy and perspective, along with her previous leadership experience within SLIS, have facilitated stability and focus as the new online degree program has been successfully launched, and as faculty members have continued to build their remarkable teaching and research strengths.  I am grateful that Anna will remain as a member of the Faculty’s leadership team for the 2014-15 academic year. This will ensure a solid, collegial context to which we can welcome a new SLIS director in 2015-16. 

Best wishes, Fern

Fern Snart, Dean
Faculty of Education
University of Alberta

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Statement on ALA Accreditation from SLAIS Director Caroline Haythornthwaite

Posted by CLA Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2014/02/05

The following is a statement from Caroline Haythornthwaite, Director and Professor at SLAIS, the iSchool at UBC:

The Master of Library and Information Studies degree at SLAIS, The iSchool at UBC, has been granted a three-year extension of its accreditation status (2014-2017) by the American Library Association’s Committee on Accreditation (ALA-COA). This is also known as conditional accreditation status. Although this is not a decision granting the longer seven-year accreditation cycle, it affirms full accreditation for the degree and all students who receive an MLIS degree from UBC during those three years and up to two years after.

The decision by ALA-COA to apply this status reflects a request for further progress on learning outcomes assessment. We have been working diligently over the past two years to implement learning outcomes assessment measures that comply with the Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. We are fully confident that we will soon be able to report to ALA-COA in a manner that both demonstrates our implementation of measures for learning outcomes assessment and satisfies the committee that we are in compliance with the Standards.  Notwithstanding the need for reporting, we are committed to moving forward on all aspects of learning outcomes assessment, and continue to be dedicated to providing the best education and outcomes for our students.

The next program review for the MLIS degree is scheduled for Fall 2016 leading to an accreditation decision to be made in January 2017. Students enrolled in the program during this review period who successfully complete their program before Summer 2019 will automatically earn an ALA-accredited MLIS degree. The status of the degree that students earn who enter in or after Fall 2019 will depend upon the decision made at the COA meeting in January 2017.

This message will soon be posted to the School’s website. The Program Presentation, External Review Panel Report, and the Decision Document can all be viewed at the following link:

Caroline Haythornthwaite
Director and Professor
SLAIS, The iSchool at UBC

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Student Views: Research from Canada’s LIS Programs #CLAVic14

Posted by CLA Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2014/02/04

Call for Papers – Student Views: Research from Canada’s LIS Programs

The Canadian Library Association will host a student research paper presentation program at the CLA Annual Conference in May in Victoria, BC.

MLIS and LIT students, as well as recent graduates, are encouraged to submit presentation proposals. This is your opportunity to showcase and present your work at a national conference.

Presentations should be based on original research, either completed while enrolled in a program of study, or within one year of graduation. All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of referees, who will select five papers for presentation at the “Student Views: Research from Canada’s LIS Programs” to be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

Each presentation will be limited to no more than 10 minutes, with additional time for questions and discussion.

The submission must include:

  • A cover page with the student’s name, title of the paper, student status with graduation date, and student’s contact information, including e-mail address.
  • A separate page that includes only the title of the paper and a 500-word abstract, summarizing the proposed presentation.
  • A faculty member’s statement attesting to the fact that the submission fulfills the above requirements.
  • Submissions should be in the form of attachments in MS Word, rtf or pdf.

Successful candidates will be required to be in attendance at the conference on May 31st to present their paper.  Travel and accommodations costs are the responsibility of each student.

Submissions should be sent by email to:

Ms. Kerry Macdonald, Librarian
University of Manitoba Libraries
Seven Oaks General Hospital Library
Subject Line: CLA 2014 – Student Views: Research from Canada’s LIS Programs

Deadline: March 31, 2014

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Survey concerning digital curation and special collections

Posted by CLA Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2014/01/29

Invitation to participate in an online survey concerning digital curation and special collections

Dear colleague,

You are invited to take part in a research study entitled “The current digital curation environment and recommendations for LIS education: A study of Canadian archives and special collections.”

If you are an archives or special collections professional, you may be able to help us learn more about the current digital curation environment in Canada.

If you choose to participate, the link below will take you to an online questionnaire.  The questionnaire will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete.  Participation in this study is voluntary, and you may choose to withdraw from the study at any time.

The design and administration of this survey questionnaire follows the policies and procedures of the Faculty of Management Ethics Review Board of Dalhousie University. Your questionnaire responses are anonymous, and are stored on secure Dalhousie University servers using Opinio software.

If you have questions about the questionnaire or the study, please contact me at, or my supervisor Dr. Fiona Black at

Link to survey:

Thank you,

Nicole Bloudoff
MLIS Candidate 2014
School of Information Management
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Posted in Dalhousie SIM, LIS Education, Research | Leave a Comment »

News Release: Fully Online Canadian MLIS Program Begins Today!!!

Posted by CLA Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2013/09/04

September 4, 2013

Forty-nine students will begin their MLIS program today in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Alberta without ever setting foot on campus.  A few will even wear a UofA hoody to celebrate.  For some this is a dream come true.  One new student wrote, “ I never thought that it would be possible for me to earn an MLIS since I live on a farm, quite some distance from a major urban centre, and have to work to pay for that farm.”

The first cohort of the UofA’s Online MLIS program will explore community-focused librarianship with an emphasis on Canadian content and context.  The program owes much to the leadership and passion of Ernie Ingles, former Director of SLIS. According to Acting Director Anna Altmann, Ernie is “a visionary with a long history of outreach to rural Canadians.  The online MLIS is just one in a long line of projects that Ernie has spearheaded to make library resources and services, and now professional librarianship education, available to underserved citizens.”  Our on-campus program welcomes 46 new students who also began their MLIS program today.

For more information about the program, please see our website at Also, please feel free to contact Jennifer Branch-Mueller, Coordinator of the Online MLIS, at

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uAlberta School of Library and Information Studies MLIS Program Reaccredited to 2020

Posted by CLA Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2013/07/03

Colleagues, it is my great honor to provide here a copy of correspondence received yesterday relating to the recent review of the University of Alberta, School of Library and Information Studies and the decision of the American Library Association, Committee on Accreditation (COA)  “ . . . to grant continued accreditation status to the program leading to the degree of Master of Library and Information Studies . . .“, for the period ending in 2020.

As outgoing Director of SLIS, it is my pleasure to thank all those involved in the journey of the past eighteen (18) months.  In particular I thank SLIS faculty and staff for their profound engagement in the accreditation process.  I thank our students for being also engaged but for being the best spokespersons imaginable for the SLIS program.  To our alumni and the library and information communities of practice,  I  am forever grateful for your ongoing support. And finally, but in particular I would thank Brianna Erban for her dedication and especially hard and laborious work as the SLIS Accreditation Administrator.

BRAVO to all. SLIS is a great School, with a great program, overseen by great faculty, with great and supportive staff, yielding a great product which contributes the highest quality of practitioner placed into respective LIS communities.  It has been my delight to have been associated with the School.

Profound regards to all, and my best wishes for your career and future contributions.

Ernie Ingles
Vice-Provost, and
Director, School of Library and Information Studies (past)
University of Alberta

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Leadership Change at SLIS, University of Alberta

Posted by CLA Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2013/05/28

The School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta will say farewell to Ernie Ingles as Director of the School at the end of June, as he moves into retirement.  Dr. Fern Snart, Dean of the School’s home Faculty of Education, says, “My personal gratitude to Ernie is enormous for stepping in with energy and conviction and supporting us through the last three years of growth, enrichment, and collegiality – and for facilitating an exemplary accreditation report and external review process.  We will miss him and our appreciation and affection abound!”

Dr. Anna Altmann, former Director of SLIS from February 2003 to December 2007, will serve as Interim Director for the 2013-14 year.  The School will advertise for a Director during the upcoming year.  Dr. Snart says, “Anna will be welcomed back into the fold by SLIS faculty, and I’m delighted at the opportunity to work with her once again as part of the Faculty of Education’s leadership team.”

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Info Session about co-op programs at SLAIS: The iSchool at UBC

Posted by CLA Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2012/09/06

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 12:15 pm
365 Laurier Ave W., Departmental Boardroom (2nd floor), Ottawa

Are you looking for help in providing information services to your clients? Do you need someone to assist on a special project?
Co-op students from  SLAIS: The iSchool@UBC can help.

For over five decades, the iSchool at UBC – more formally known as the School of Library, Archival & Information Studies – has been a leader in educating information professionals in Canada, equipping them with the knowledge and understanding necessary to obtain and manage information in an increasingly complex world.

SLAIS students are trained in today’s best professional practices, and they will be tomorrow’s leaders in planning, implementing, and promoting the preservation, organization, and effective use of society’s recorded information and ideas. Unique to this School is the Masters of Archival Studies, which recently received the Inaugural Award for Academic Excellence from ARMA International, as well as the Dual MAS/MLIS Joint degree.

The skills and knowledge sets they bring include:

  • Collection evaluation
  • Creating metadata & resource descriptions
  • Database creation & search functionality
  • Digitization project management
  • Document appraisal & organization
  • Indexing & classification
  • Instructional skills
  • Interface design
  • Records management
  • Reference service
  • Research & analysis
  • User surveys & needs assessments
  • Web design & content development

Come to an information session to learn more.


  • Julie Walchli (Director, Arts Co-op Program)
  • Recent graduates from the program now working in permanent roles in the NCR


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Alma Matters: News from the Schools

Posted by CLA Govt Library and Info Mgmt Professionals Network on 2012/07/14

News of interest from the LIS/LIT programs in Canada.

Dalhousie University, School of Information Management

  • The latest issue of Inforum is now available on the SIM website.

McGill University, School of Information Studies

Université de Montréal, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information

University of Alberta, School of Library and Information Studies

University of British Columbia, School of Library, Archival & Information Studies

University of Ottawa, School of Information Studies

  • ÉSIS is pleased to announce the appointment of two new tenure-track faculty members on July 1, 2012: Dr. Inge Alberts and Dr. André Vellino. Welcome to the information studies team!

University of Toronto, Faculty of Information

Western University, Faculty of Information and Media Studies

  • Dr. Pamela McKenzie has been appointed an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.

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