Practicum (LIS 590)

The LIS 590 practicum course is available for both online and on-campus MLIS students. Because the unique and individualized nature of the practicum interested students must submit an application and receive approval to take the course. 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.

Instructor's Message to Students

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

Fall 2022 Practicum Dates + Deadlines

The deadline to apply for the Fall 2022 Practicum is 22 July, 2022. Students interested in a Fall 2022 Practicum are advised to contact a prospective supervisor/mentor as soon as possible to explore a mutual arrangement. The application form can be found in the Resources and Forms section below. 

Practicum Course Overview

Course Description

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.


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.

Course Outlines

The course outline is included in the Practicum Guidebook.

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 and 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 DC, a free program for viewing, signing, an annotating PDFs.

Practicum Guidebook Spring 2022 (PDF)

An updated guide will be made available closer to the start of Fall Term. In the interim students should refer to the Spring 2022 guide.


Practicum Resources

Other Information