School of Library and Information Studies

Welcome to the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS). The School's main program offering is the Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS); a professional, graduate degree accredited by the American Library Association available online and on-campus. We also offer two combined dual-degree programs.

Degree Programs

  • MLIS (Course-Based or Thesis-Based) 
  • Online MLIS
  • MA/MLIS in Digital Humanities

Welcome to Fall 2021

We're excited to welcome all of our new and returning students to the U of A! Many of you are studying online, while others are joining us on campus; in many cases for the very first time! We encourage all our students to check the SLIS Orientation eClass for greetings, resources, and other useful information.

See Campus Life  for more information including essential campus information, wellness and support, and how to get around. 

Covid-19 Vaccinations and the CampusReady Pass

Vaccinations are the safest and most effective way to help stop the long-term spread of COVID-19. Effective November 1st,  2021, the U of A will require everyone on our campuses to be fully vaccinated. Vaccinations can be booked on-campus at the University Health Centre and UHC Pharmacy. The U of A CampusReady pass is accepted as a valid means of proof for attendance at U of A campuses and properties/facilities for students, staff and faculty. You are required to upload proof of vaccination or exemption and have a CampusReady pass before coming to campus or properties/facilities.

Changes to Student Services 

New for Fall 2021, all students in the Faculty of Education will make use of the new Education Student Services (ESS) centre! Located on the first floor of the Education complex, ESS is the new first point of contact for all general inquiries from current and prospective students in the faculty. ESS has soft-launched, with an official launch event scheduled for October 2021. 

In-person and online learning is also being supported by the U of A’s Office of the Registrar, which launched a new Student Service Centre to provide one point of contact for the information, support and services students need for their university journey.

“From a student services perspective, I think we’re better off now. If students want to access a service in person, it's there in person. If they want it remotely, it is there remotely—they can access all student services from anywhere.” – André Costopoulos, Vice-Provost and Dean of Students

Congratulations to our Fall 2021 Graduates!

The Fall 2021 Convocation was a virtual event held on Friday 19 November, 2021. Good luck to all of our graduates in their future endeavours. 

  • Megan Ashcroft, MLIS
  • Kendra Cowley, MA/MLIS
  • Christianne Elefante, MLIS
  • Elliot Hanowski, MLIS
  • Kathryn Hennan, MLIS
  • Ella Hitchcock, MA/MLIS
  • Mary Kaercher, MLIS
  • Rachel Knudsen, MLIS
  • Philip Neilson, MLIS
  • April Norcross-Love, MLIS
  • Belinda Ongaro, MLIS
  • Emily Villanueva, MA/MLIS

Message From the Chair

Dear SLIS School Community

As we move into the new fall season together I extend a warm welcome to all staff, faculty, and students who are joining us on-campus or in-person. For those who are returning to campus or continuing to work, teach and learn remotely, thank you for your continued consideration and flexibility as we navigate the uncertainties of the ongoing pandemic.

It takes a great deal of energy, dedication and commitment to keep our processes and planning moving forward and, as many of you know, the University of Alberta and the Faculty of Education is in the midst of restructuring and transformation. I want to say a special thank you to our administrative staff, led by Izabela Martyniak, who have worked tirelessly throughout the spring and summer to ensure that we have started the fall strong and stable given centralization of administrative and student services. Our faculty and instructors have also been instrumental in understanding and supporting the changes that continue to occur as the Faculty of Education has been in transition mode and we have also moved into the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (along with the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Law, and the School of Business). The future looks bright, and the spirit of collaboration and teamwork is driving all of our current and future initiatives. 

In this environment it is also absolutely essential that we are considerate of one another and that we reach out when we need help or support. As always, you can rely upon your program advisors for help and advice and you can always email administrative staff at My virtual door is always open if you wish to contact me. 

Finally, please watch your University email and other social media for announcements about Covid and the changing protocols on campus. It is so important that we all stay safe and healthy and are responsible to one another. Masks up! Spirits up! Enjoy Fall term.

Kathleen De Long, PhD, MPM, MLIS
Chair (Interim), School of Library and Information Studies
Executive Director (Library and Museums) and Deputy Chief Librarian
University of Alberta

Important Dates + Events