School of Library and Information Studies

LIS 590 Outline Fall 2018


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Instructor: Alvin M. Schrader, PhD
Phone: (780) 719-4907
Office: 1-17A Rutherford South
Office Hours: By appointment

SLIS Office Contact:
Sophia Sherman, Practicum Administrator
3-20 Rutherford South
Office: 780.492.4578

Calendar Description:
The application of LIS theories and principles through experiential learning in library, archives, records management, and other information services settings.

Course Objectives:
The Practicum is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to work in an organization under the supervision of a librarian or other experienced information specialist, with guidance of a faculty member. Throughout the practicum experience the students will:

  • gain practical experience to prepare for LIS positions
  • learn about the culture, vision and mission of the organization
  • understand the use and application of theories and concepts in the organization
  • observe the analysis of and solutions to challenges arising in professional work settings
  • gain an understanding of the operations of the organization
  • observe the analysis of and solutions to problems arising in professional work settings
  • develop a professional self-awareness
  • learn by participating in professional activities and interacting with colleagues
  • gain 100 hours of practical experience at approved location supervised by a qualified professional librarian, archivist, or records manager 

Student Learning Objectives for the Practicum:

  • Drawing on the practicum experience, students will demonstrate an understanding of organizational culture and value, planning and decision making processes through discussion and assignments.
  • Students will demonstrate the benefits of the practicum experience by sharing their experiences through discussion and assignments.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate their leadership, organizational skills and work ethics through individual and team-based performance and by completing the duties assigned by the site supervisor.

Guidelines for LIS 590 Practicum Course Eligibility and Credit:

  • Prior approval by the Practicum Course Instructor is required, based on:
  • the student’s Practicum Application Form, and,
  • the Practicum Placement Agreement Form, signed by both the student and the prospective Practicum Site Supervisor-Mentor.
  • Must be a new learning experience for the student.
  • Must be a stand-alone experience: For pedagogical reasons, a student is not permitted to undertake simultaneously a Practicum and an internship or a work role, whether paid or volunteer, in the same work unit, department, or functional area.
  • Remuneration for the Practicum is not permitted.
  • Satisfactory performance at the Practicum site.
  • Satisfactory completion of assignments.
  • Course is credit/no credit only – a grade is not assigned.
  • Can be taken only once during the MLIS program.

Required Advance Readings:

100 hours of workplace experience in an approved setting; readings; regular check-in forums with the Practicum Course Instructor and other students; regular student journaling (confidential to and for the Practicum Instructor); a mid-point check-in by the Practicum Course Instructor with the Practicum Site Supervisor-Mentor; and a reflective paper. Detailed requirements are available in the eClass file “Assignments and Deadlines.”

Course Relationships:
Practicum pre-requisites are LIS 501, LIS 502, LIS 503, LIS 504, LIS 505 (LIS 504 may be taken concurrently), and two MLIS (3-credit) electives.

Evaluation of Student Achievement for LIS 590 Practicum Course Credit:

  • Satisfactory completion of 100 hours of experience with the practicum workplace.
  • Active participation in the regular check-in forums with the Practicum Course Instructor and other students.
  • Regular journal submissions to the Practicum Course Instructor after every 30-35 hours covering each day of the workplace experience (confidential to and with the Practicum Instructor).
  • Reflective paper and required forms.

Academic Integrity:
The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.

Students should also be mindful of the SLIS Copyright Policy.

Inclusive Language and Equity:
The Faculty of Education is committed to providing an environment of respect for all people within the university community and to educating faculty, staff, and students in developing teaching and learning contexts that are welcoming to all. The Faculty recommends that students and staff use inclusive language to create a classroom atmosphere in which students’ experiences and views are treated with equal respect and value in relation to their gender, racial background, sexual orientation and ethnic background. Students who require accommodations in this course due to a disability affecting mobility, vision, hearing, learning, or mental or physical health are advised to discuss their needs with Student Accessibility Services.

Recording of Lectures:
Recording of lectures is permitted only with the prior written consent of the professor or if recording is part of an approved accommodation plan.

Policy about course outlines can be found in Section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.

1.3 University of Alberta Practicum Intervention Policy:
On May 12, 2008, the Board of Governors, on the recommendation of the Board Educational Affairs Committee, approved proposed revisions to Section 87 (Practicum Placements, Professional Practice and the Public Interest Policy) of the GFC Policy Manual (renamed the Practicum Intervention Policy), with the changes to take effect July 1, 2008. This policy can be found at

1.3.1 Overview:
This Policy provides for Practicum Interventions. Practicum Interventions are a means by which, because of public interest, public safety or public health considerations, a Student can be denied placement in a Practicum; we withdrawn from participation in a Practicum; or have participation in a Practicum suspended or varied through the imposition of conditions which must be met prior to or as part of the Students taking up, continuing, or returning to a Practicum. A procedure is established by which Practicum Interventions can be appealed. Further, this Policy has application where the circumstances that arise from a Practicum Intervention also result in charges under the Code of Student Behaviour ("COSB").

1.3.2 Purpose:
The University has an obligation to protect the public interest, public safety, and public health by ensuring that Students in Practicums conform to accepted standards of professional, competent and safe practice in their work with patients, clients, and co-workers. This Policy provides Deans with the authority to intervene in the Practicum of a Student and/or an associated Professional Program because of such concerns. The Dean's authority is balanced by the granting of appeal rights to a Student who is the subject of a Practicum Intervention.