School of Library and Information Studies

Program Level Learning Outcomes (PLO)

Mapping MLIS Core Courses to PLOs

Mapping MLIS PLOs to Core Courses and Capping ePortfolio

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MLIS program, students will critically:

  1. Demonstrate awareness of the histories, the philosophies, and the service orientations 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 professionals within larger societal frameworks, and the factors influencing the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge, information, and data and the responsibility to serve all communities.
  2. Evince complex and ethical awareness of issues, research, trends, and dilemmas in library and information studies.
    Objective: Students will, within appropriate institutional, organizational, and 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 responsibilities of librarians and information professionals with respect to the flow of ideas and access to information.
  3. Demonstrate analytical capacities and problem-solving skills.
    Objective: Students will possess the theoretical knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and improve library and information systems, services and technologies.
  4. Apply leadership and management principles to address diverse organizational contexts, needs, and challenges.
    Objective: Students will be knowledgeable about the theories and concepts of administration and organizational behaviour as they apply to the leadership and management of libraries and information organizations.
  5. Communicate effectively and professionally.
    Objective: Students will be prepared to flexibly articulate and adapt their education and ongoing contributions to different local, national, and global environments in line with principles and practices governing professional communication in the field.
  6. Show understanding of the knowledge, information, and data life cycle including production, publication, organization, distribution, access, reception, preservation, disposition, destruction, and retrieval practices of recorded knowledge, information and data resources.
    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.
  7. Locate, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information sources, with respect for cultural diversity.
    Objective: Students will be able to effectively create, use, and manage user-centred information services, systems, and technologies to meet the information needs of established, emerging, and multiple communities.
  8. Utilize and examine a broad range of LIS and cognate research and understand processes and methods required to conduct scholarship.
    Objective: Students will be able to individually and collaboratively evaluate research and scholarship in library and information studies and other fields of knowledge, and apply principles and practices of research in library and information studies with an understanding of the relationships between LIS and other disciplines.
  9. Examine historical, established, and emerging impacts, 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 and emerging information technologies as an integral part of the operations and services of libraries and information organizations.
  10. Demonstrate awareness of the need for continuing professional engagement and service while developing and maintaining professional relationships.
    Objective: Students will be prepared to play an active role in professional associations and activities, as well as understand the importance of cooperation among librarians and information professionals and their organizations.