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

Prospective Student Information

Applications for admission to Fall Term 2023 will open in September. 

SLIS Chair's Spring Message

Spring is finally here! (I am fairly sure though I have been wrong a few times over the last weeks.) We have a full slate of courses in the spring/summer term and thank all of our instructors -  many of them juggling teaching for us along with their regular jobs. I want to also acknowledge all of the great work (teaching, research, learning) that was accomplished over the last term. Despite the continuing pandemic conditions and university and faculty restructuring, our faculty/instructors and our students persevered and accomplished.

The best news of all is that the SLIS has a new Director, effective July 1, 2022! Dr. Kenneth Gariepy joins us from the University of the Fraser Valley, where he serves as Head of the Department of Information Studies and Associate Professor. He holds a PhD in Theoretical, Cultural, and International Studies in Education and a master's degree in Library and Information Studies, both from the University of Alberta. He has a strong record of service and scholarship and more than 15 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels in various disciplines, including library science, business communications, and educational policy studies. Look forward to meeting Dr. Gariepy and welcoming him to the School of Library and Information Studies!

Kathleen De Long, PhD, MPM, MLIS
Chair (Interim), School of Library and Information Studies


All students in the Faculty of Education will now 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.

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. Current students are reminded to monitor their university email account for updates and changes throughout the year. 

“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


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