School of Library and Information Studies

About Us

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Welcome to the School of Library and Information Studies.

We are part of the Faculty of Education, and offer the only Master of Library and Information Studies program on the Canadian prairies that is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). 

SLIS also offers an inter-faculty combined degree program Master of Library & Information Studies/Master of Arts in Humanities Computing (HuCo), and is a home department for the Master of Arts in Humanities Computing program. In Fall 2013, we launched our fully online MLIS program. In Fall 2014, SLIS started offering a Combined Master of Business Administration / Master of Library & Information Studies Program in conjunction with the Alberta School of Business. SLIS also offers opportunities for individual Interdisciplinary Ph.D.s. in conjunction with other University of Alberta departments that house Ph.D. programs.

The School's vision for teaching, research, and service is grounded in a multi-disciplinary focus on issues of information access and equity. 

Diverse members of the SLIS community engage with the information professions, post-secondary education, government, and not-for–profit settings in service of the public good. Engagement occurs both formally and informally through research and scholarship, project management, teaching and learning, academic and professional service, policy development, and volunteerism at the grassroots level. Our engagement relies on an ethos of collaboration, cultural awareness and an ethic of mutuality.

Learn more about our vision here.