SLIS Strategic Directions

June 2017 - June 2020

SLIS has a stated vision, mission, values, and MLIS program learning outcomes consistent with its parent institution and culture. Leveraging these in alignment with the University of Alberta's 2016 institutional strategic plan, For the Public Good, taking into account the Faculty of Education's commitments and status as it celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2017, and in anticipation of our next scheduled accreditation round with the American Library Association's Committee on Accreditation in 2020, SLIS has set the following strategic directions.

2017-2018 | Reflecting Sustainable Growth and Expansion

SLIS will adopt a recruitment statement, review its internal admissions process, administer a curriculum review, assess the longstanding 48-credit requirement for the MLIS degree, and hold the annual retreat on theme of sustainability (environmental, leadership, education and research, operations and infrastructure, community and culture, health and well-being).

SLIS will map its MLIS program learning outcomes to core courses, propose a cohesive online core course teaching strategy, and hold its annual teaching symposium with an emphasis on online pedagogy and instruction.

SLIS will evidence our diverse community engagement (including attention to international contexts), signal existing Indigenous-based activities, administer a survey of practicum site supervisor experiences, and further encourage student research and scholarship activities extending beyond the classroom/virtual classroom in tandem with enhancing student travel awards.

Status: Done

2018-2019 | Reflecting 50th Anniversary of Continuously Earning Recognition

SLIS will launch its 50th Anniversary on Alumni Weekend, concomitantly mark the fifth year of the purely online teaching and learning stream, and host an anniversary lecture or debate series and other activities to critically engage the School's constituents in its diverse endeavours (as an important player in library and information studies research and scholarship, a stimulating model for educational advancement, and an intercultural hub for professional cooperation with a vibrant community). Visitors to the School and website will experience enhanced inclusive signage, spaces, and resources.

SLIS will introduce an Indigenous-based 3-credit MLIS course and produce an Indigenous initiatives report.

SLIS will enhance the extent to which the employment survey and/or exit survey maps to the program learning outcomes, express a vision for future joint programming, produce its accreditation Program Presentation plan, and hold its annual retreat on the theme of accreditation.

Status: Done

2019-2020 | Reflecting Accreditation Readiness for Securing our Future

SLIS will produce its accreditation Program Presentation addressing the 2015 Standards for Accreditation (systematic planning; curriculum; faculty; students; administration, finances, and resources), host the accreditation site team visit, attend the accreditation deliberation at the American Library Association annual conference, and maximize opportunities to streamline efforts with preparations for an expected institutional Faculty of Education graduate program review in 2022-2023. Note: the ALA annual conference was cancelled due to COVID-19 and the accreditation meeting to close out the review process was held remotely. The University of Alberta granted SLIS an exemption on the graduate program review process in 2022-2023 based on the rigour of the accreditation process.

Status: Done