SLIS Employment Survey of 2017 Graduates

In January 2019 the School conducted its annual employment survey of MLIS graduates.

20 March 2019

In January 2019, the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) conducted its 29th annual employment survey of graduates of the Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program at the University of Alberta. The phrase "2017 graduates" includes graduates who convocated in the fall of 2016 or in the spring of 2017.

The survey was sent to 61 potential respondents with 54 responding for a response rate of 89%; however, 10 of those respondents did not fully complete the survey.

Graduates were queried about their job search; job specifics including employment classification, salary, responsibilities, and employer information; their preparedness for the job market; and job satisfaction. All respondents were queried about their first Library and Information Science (LIS) related positions post-graduation. The focus of this survey is to understand graduates' experiences in finding employment after graduation, however the time lag of 18-24 months between survey administration and graduation provides an additional opportunity to consider additional employment data from those respondents who have moved on to subsequent employment opportunities.

This survey follows the same format as the 2016 survey and therefore direct comparisons can be made although consideration must be given the fact that the 2017 sample is significantly larger (54 versus 30 respondents).

Thanks to SLIS Assistant Chair (Academic Professional Officer) Izabela Martyniak for liaising with Alumni Relations and managing the FOIP office for ethics approval.

Full Survey