School of Library and Information Studies

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Students walking towards Education North from the northwest
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Students studying in common area
COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Important information for the U of A community.


Update on the Fall 2020 Term

The University is committed to providing a high-quality learning experience for our students, and to maximize university research and service activities. At the same time, our top priority must be ensuring the health and safety of our community. Please make note of the following:

  • The majority of classes in Fall 2020 term will be delivered remotely and online.
  • Where possible, we are committed to providing small group and in-person learning.
  • We will continue to foster the fullest university life experience possible.
  • Residences will be available, based on public health guidelines. 

Please Note: Students in an on-campus MLIS program cannot take courses designated for students in the online MLIS. Course listings in Bear Tracks will indicate if a course is restricted to online or on-campus MLIS students.

Please continue to monitor Bear Tracks and your UAlberta email for updated information on your Fall term courses.

Updates for Students

Information for Graduate Students

Message from the Chair

The School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) joins the Faculty of Education, the University of Alberta, and the broader postsecondary institutional community in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. Please monitor our website regularly as we continue to provide up-to-date and detailed information about the School’s diverse activities, students, faculty and staff, and of course our accredited MLIS program. Thank you and wishing you stay healthy in all ways!

Dr. Toni Samek
Professor and Chair


Land Acknowledgement / Reconnaissance des terres

The University of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.

L’Université de l’Alberta reconnaît respectueusement qu’elle est située sur les terres du Traité 6, lieu de rassemblement traditionnel pour de nombreux peuples autochtones dont les Cris, les PiedsNoirs, les Métis, les Sioux des Nakotas, les Iroquois, les Dénés, les Ojibwés/Saulteaux/ Anichinabés, les Inuits et bien d’autres encore, dont les histoires, les langues et les cultures continuent d’influencer notre communauté si vivante.