LIS 590 Practicum for On-Campus and Online Students

Update on 2020-2021 Course Exemptions by the University to Exclusively Remote Delivery

The MLIS Leadership Practicum was crafted for a pre-pandemic world, and how well it will resonate in a COVID-governed sphere of existence is unknown. Indeed, it is still too early to have a clear understanding of how workplace interactions generally and work itself are being impacted – much less what the impacts are on leadership-framed experiential learning experiences such as that of the MLIS Leadership Practicum. 

What we can be certain of is that pandemic conditions are going to challenge Practicum workplace interactions and work itself. To what extent modifications, adaptations, and innovations can produce effective placements is new territory for the School, and feedback and assessment based on your experiences will be carefully considered.

The Guidebook for Students for Fall 2020 on the course website has been updated to reflect University protocols for all courses for the Fall 2020 term. The University recently approved LIS 590 Practicum for exemption from exclusively remote course interactions. The new requirements are incorporated into all documentation, with particular attention to revised Practicum Application and Practicum Agreement forms.

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.


Calendar 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 in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students.


LIS 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, and an additional ★6 in LIS electives, or consent of instructor.

In light of the MLIS program credit reduction, students in the 2020-2021 academic year may, with consent of instructor, be permitted to enrol in LIS 590 with ★3 in LIS electives.

Course Outlines

The course outline is included in the Practicum Guidebook.

Resources and Forms

Please note that some resources are restricted and require users to login to their UAlberta Google account.