School of Library and Information Studies

COVID-19 Impacts and Information

Unitea Initative From the UAlberta Community Social Work Team

Unitea is one of the campus opportunities to build connections. Students can meet virtually with a Unitea host to chat about something you’re looking forward to, passionate about, worried about, or anything else under the sun! Unitea provides a sense of belonging on this very large campus; by connecting with others, you can feel more at home. Sign up for a virtual one-to-one tea or collective tea time with a Unitea host(s). Students and Hosts will meet through an online platform like Google Meet or Zoom at a specified time.

Winter 2021 Dates

The University of Alberta recognizes that this year has been full of challenges and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The start date for the Winter 2021 term has changed; courses resumed on January 11, 2021Dates for exams, add/drop, and end of term have also changed. See Winter 2021 Dates for more information. 

Course Delivery and Campus Access

The majority of courses normally delivered on-campus are being delivered remotely for Winter 2021 and the majority of university buildings, including the Education Complex, remain closed with restricted access. A small number of select buildings repain open on campus. See Campus Building Hours for more information.  

Winter 2021 Chair's Message

We all looked forward to 2021 with hope, and now that it is here it is easy to feel a bit dispirited as we persevere through many of the same challenges we faced in 2020. But take heart! As we begin the new year at SLIS we can see fresh opportunity and reason for optimism. We continue our work with fellow students, colleagues and co-workers despite the pandemic. We continue to respond to the changing academic and administrative environment of the Faculty of Education and the University of Alberta through involvement in ongoing initiatives around U of A for Tomorrow (UAT). This restructuring consists of two major activities: the Service Excellence Transformation (SET) process investigating ways to make central services more effective, and an academic restructuring model that establishes three colleges to bring together the faculties to foster the expansion of interdisciplinary research, programming, and community engagement. We now know that SLIS and the Faculty of Education will be part of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities with all of the attendant possibilities for greater collaboration with the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Law, and the Alberta School of Business. We see strong numbers for admissions and we continue to review and build upon our established programs of study. I thank all of you for helping to meet the challenges of 2020 and encourage us to continue to demonstrate leadership and support for one another and for the SLIS. As always, my (virtual) door is open if you wish to contact me.

Kathleen De Long, PhD, MPM, MLIS


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.

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