School of Library and Information Studies

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Program Level Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the MLIS program, students will:

  1. Be familiar with the history, the philosophy, and the service orientation of libraries, librarianship, and related information environments; and understand the value of teaching, service, and research to the advancement of the field of library and information studies.
    Objective: students will appreciate the functions of librarians and information specialists within the larger global societal framework, and the factors influencing the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge and information and the responsibility to serve all client groups.

  2. Evince complex and ethical awareness of major issues, research, trends, and dilemmas in library and information studies.
    Objective: students will, within appropriate institutional, organizational, or professional constructs be ready to debate local, national, and global information issues and policies in a cross-disciplinary, analog, or digital context that includes, but is not limited to the responsibility of librarians and information specialists with respect to the free flow of ideas and access to information.

  3. Demonstrate critical thinking, analytical capacities, and problem-solving skills.
    Objective: students will possess the skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to evaluate and improve library and information systems and services.

  4.  Apply leadership and management principles to address diverse organizational needs and challenges.
    Objective: students will be knowledgeable about the theories and concepts of administration and organizational behaviour and their application to the management of libraries and information agencies.

  5. Communicate effectively and professionally.
    Objective: students will be prepared to flexibly articulate and adapt their education and ongoing contributions to different environments, (e.g., global/national level bodies, provincial/district level institutions, grassroots community groups) in line with principles, norms, and practices governing professional communication in the field.

  6. Show understanding of the knowledge and information organization life cycle including, but not limited to, production, organization, distribution, access, preservation, disposition, and retrieval practices of recorded knowledge and information resources of all kinds.
    Objective: students will be able to analyze and synthesize the concepts of knowledge, information, and communication; and to critically examine, assess, and make recommendations as to how these concepts and principles are applied in various information environments, including the Web.

  7. Conduct effective searches to locate, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information sources, with respect for the culturally diverse composition of society and its information needs.
    Objective: students will be able to create and manage user-centered  information services and systems to meet the information needs of shifting and distinct communities of users.

  8. Utilize, appreciate, and evaluate a broad range of LIS and related research literatures and have sufficient understanding of processes and methods (including those shared across disciplines) required to conduct principled inquiries and investigations.
    Objective: students will be able to individually and collaboratively evaluate published research in library and information studies and other fields of knowledge and apply basic principles and techniques of research in library and information studies with an understanding of the relationships between LIS and other disciplines.

  9. Examine the impact, importance, and limitations of technologies in personal, professional, and social contexts as well as in library and information studies settings.
    Objective: students will understand current information technology as an integral part of the operations and services of libraries and information agencies.

  10. Be aware of the need for continuing professional education and develop and maintain collegial relationships with their fellow professionals.
    Objective: students will be ready to play an active role in associations and engage in other professional activities, as well as  understand the importance of cooperation among librarians and information professionals and their agencies