School of Library and Information Studies

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. 

Coming to Campus and COVID-19 

All new and returning On-Campus students should be aware of certain health and safety requirements for those on-campus. This includes mandatory non-medical masks on campus common areas, the required campus safety eCourse, and the required Vaccine Declaration or Rapid COVID-19 Testing for all individuals at the U of A. Students should also be aware of provincial and municipal requirements and bylaws, such as face masks on public transit.  

See Campus Safety Checklist for more information.

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 Students!

On June 25th, 2021, the University came together to virtually celebrate all of our students who finished their degrees this year. We also want to congratulate our award-winning students on their accomplishments this year.  

  • Arianna Alcaraz – 2021 AALL George A. Strait Minority Scholarship and Fellowship
  • Jonathan Bowie – 2021 Diana M. Priestly Memorial Scholarship
  • Ella Hichcock – Successful MA/MLIS Digital Humanities thesis defence: “Why is that a tag?!: User-generated tag structure in online fan fiction archives” (defended on 19 May 19, 2021).
  • Ashley Huot – 2021 Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize

If you are a SLIS student and have received a scholarship, award, or other accolade, and wish to be listed here, please email


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