The LIS 590 practicum course is available for both online and on-campus MLIS students. The practicum is an individualized course; interested students must identify a practicum site and apply to take the course. Current and prospective practicum students are expected to thoroughly review the information found on this webpage to prepare themselves for the practicum. 

Please contact the practicum course instructor Cheryl Trepanier ( with any questions.

Instructor's Message to Students


LIS 590 – Practicum ★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 100 HOURS) The application of LIS theories and principles through experiential learning in a library, archives, records management and other services settings. Sections may be offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar. Prerequisites: LIS 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, and an additional ★3 in an IT-designated LIS elective (★18), or consent of instructor.

Note: The Practicum previously required ★6 in LIS electives as part of the prerequisites.

Other Information

Students may be required to login to their UAlberta account to access the information below.

How to take Practicum

Because the unique and individualized nature of the practicum, interested students must submit an application and receive approval to take LIS 590. After an application is approved by the course instructor, the Faulty of Education will register the student and LIS 590 will appear in the student's course schedule in Bear Tracks.

Application Process

  1. Fill out the Practicum Placement Application Form (Google Form) by the deadline.
  2. Wait to receive approval to take practicum from the course instructor. 
  3. Working with the practicum site supervisor, the student will fill out and return the Practicum Placement Agreement Form (PDF) by the deadline. 

Practicum Deadlines

Students must apply to take the practicum before the start of each term. After receiving approval to take LIS 590 from the instructor, students must return the Practicum Placement Agreement Form. Forms are found in the Resources and Forms section below. 

Course Term Application Form Deadline Agreement Form Deadline
Spring/Summer 2023 March 17, 2023 March 31, 2023
Fall 2023 To Be Announced To Be Announced

Practicum and COVID-19

In the University’s commitment both to high quality Practicum experience and to everyone’s health and safety, and in accordance with relevant provincial, municipal, and institutional regulations governing the pandemic response, a mutual understanding with the prospective Practicum Site Supervisor-Mentor is required as to how workplace interactions will be facilitated, whether on-site, remote, or blended, and whether projects will be on-site or remote. In addition, a “Plan B” is required – backup plan arrangements for pivoting to exclusively remote interactions in the event of a shutdown order from relevant authorities.

Resources + Forms

Some resources are restricted to students and therefore require users to be logged into their UAlberta Google account for access. 

Some PDF forms can be filled out and signed electronically. We recommend using Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free program for viewing, signing, an annotating PDFs.