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The School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) is part of the Faculty of Education, and offers the only Master of Library and Information Studies program on the Canadian prairies that is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). SLIS also offers an inter-faculty combined degree program Master of Library & Information Studies/Master of Arts in Humanities Computing, and is a home department for the Master of Arts in Humanities Computing program. We are in the process of developing a Ph.D. program, and in the meantime, in conjunction with other University of Alberta departments that house PhD programs, SLIS offers opportunities for individual interdisciplinary PhDs. The School's vision for teaching, research, and service is grounded in a multi-disciplinary focus on issues of information access and equity.
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  1. International Copyright Protection Presentation [Download]

    Title: International Copyright Protection Presentation
    Creator: McNally, Michael B
    Description: This presentation provides a brief overview of international copyright protection including the Berne Convention, the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property, and Post TRIPS agreements. It was delivered in LIS 598 Information and Libraries in the International Context in the Winter 2017 offering.
    Subjects: LIS 598 - Information and Libraries in the International Context - Winter 2017, International Copyright
    Date Created: 2017/03/29
  2. Wikipedia Edit Assignment [Download]

    Title: Wikipedia Edit Assignment
    Creator: Alyssa Woodcox
    Description: Through a publishing lens, this paper looks at the edit history of Wikipedia's webpage for the movement, "Black Lives Matter." Keeping in mind the publishing guidelines of Wikipedia, censorship is a key issue. The page's history shows users' varied points of view concerning the movement.
    Subjects: Wikipedia, Black Lives Matter, Publishing
    Date Created: 2016/10/03
  3. Building a Knowledge Management System: The KM Needs of a Small Construction Business [Download]

    Title: Building a Knowledge Management System: The KM Needs of a Small Construction Business
    Creator: Erin Wabisca
    Description: The authors conducted a knowledge audit of a local Edmonton construction business Hillview Homes. Based on the pre-existing literature regarding the knowledge management needs of small businesses and the construction industry, as well as the findings derived from semi-structured interviews with Hillview Homes personnel, the authors recommend Hillview Homes implement an Electronic Information Management (EIM) system. The authors also recommend that Hillview Homes implement a knowledge preservation process in order to retain institutional memory when long-term employees retire.
    Subjects: Knowledge Management, Small Business, Construction
    Date Created: 2017/02/15
  4. A Literature Review of Youth’s Sexual Health Information Seeking Behaviours [Download]

    Title: A Literature Review of Youth’s Sexual Health Information Seeking Behaviours
    Creator: Hamonic, Laura
    Description: Globally, research has shown that sexually active young people are at a greater risk of sexually transmitted disease than older adults. Comprehensive sexual education programs are successful in reducing STI rates, but to be successful they should be presented in a format that youth will use. Objective: To systematically review literature focused on the sexual health information seeking behaviours of young people. The aims of this project are to better understand where young people prefer to access information on sexual health under which circumstances, to better understand how resources can be catered to them. Methods: A literature review was conducted in two databases and a discovery service with corresponding search terms. Articles were then limited by title and abstract to meet selection criteria. Findings: Similar general trends were found across different cultures with differences based on gender, sexuality, geographic location and emotions towards the information they were seeking. Discussion: Many similarities exist in young person’s sexual health information seeking behaviours but the differences that do exist need to be taken into consideration when developing sexual health education programs.
    Subjects: Young Adult, Reproductive Health, Information Seeking Behaviour
    Date Created: 2016/12/09
  5. Canadian First World War Poetry Monographs, 1914-1918: A Bibliography [Download]

    Title: Canadian First World War Poetry Monographs, 1914-1918: A Bibliography
    Creator: Hamilton, Sam
    Description: This bibliography collates poetry written about and during the First World War by Canadian poets. Its focus is on monographs - that is, books of poetry - published between 1914 and 1918. It does not include unpublished works or poems published in serial publications; nor does it record the books of poetry published post-war. Its purpose is to provide a resource to researchers interested in the subjects of Canadian poetry and poets, and of the First World War, by facilitating the discovery of the poetry and poets recorded herein. It is the first bibliography written about Canadian First World War poetry. The poets and their poetry recorded in this bibliography were discovered using both online and print sources. Names were drawn from anthologies of First World War poetry and Canadian poetry. Author and subject field searches were conducted in the international online catalogue, WorldCat, and in the University of Alberta’s local online catalogue, NEOS. Results were limited to works published between 1914 and 1918. A total of 98 Canadian poets were discovered to have published 140 monographs between 1914 and 1918 that contain poetry written about the First World War.
    Subjects: World War, 1914-1918--Poetry, War poetry, Canadian, Guerre, 1914-1918 (Mondiale, 1re)--Poésie, Poésie de guerre canadienne, Bibliographies
    Date Created: 2016/12/08
  6. Current News on Publishing [Download]

    Title: Current News on Publishing
    Creator: Nguyen, Tanya
    Description: This eBook was an assignment created for the Library and Information Studies (LIS) 541 Publishing course. For the thirteen weeks together, we came to class prepared to discuss a publishing news article or source we found related to the publishing topic of the week, which included scholarly publishing, trade book retailing, distribution and discovery, and speciality publishing to name a few. Each chapter in the eBook consists of online sources that I have chosen, in which I summarized the main points or issues and made reflections where appropriate.
    Subjects: Libraries and electronic publishing, Book industries and trade--Bookselling and publishing--Self-publishing, Open access publishing
    Date Created: 2017-02-13
  7. Resource Guide: Public Library Services for People who are Homeless or Under-housed in North America [Download]

    Title: Resource Guide: Public Library Services for People who are Homeless or Under-housed in North America
    Creator: Kathryne Brattland
    Description: "Public Library Services for People who are Homeless or Under-housed in North America" is a resource guide that was created for LIS 592: Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility, taught by Dr. Toni Samek. This guide is a summary of major findings and themes from a term paper completed for this course. Research for this guide consisted of a thorough literature review of policies, position statements, and popular and academic articles concerning public library access for vulnerable populations, including people who are homeless or under-housed, in North America. Topics covered in the resource guide include facts on homelessness in Canada, policies and position statements from the CLA and ALA on library services for people who are homeless, common barriers to library access and areas for improvement, and resources and references for librarians.
    Subjects: Homelessness, Public libraries, Public library services, Library policies, Resource guide
    Date Created: 2016/4/7
  8. Soul Shifting-Theme [Download]

    Title: Soul Shifting-Theme
    Creator: Lucinda Johnston
    Description: These three items were submitted to fulfill the requirements for an open assignment in the course HuCo 617: Digital Feminisms. They represent my learning in response to three challenges I set for myself: Challenge 1: To expand and use digital technology skills, particularly as this is not my forte nor within my academic experience. Response 1: Twine software does not employ "programming code" per se, but having never utilised any sort of technology that required "code" in any way, this was a good introduction to the concept of "coding" language and conventions. Challenge 2: To increase my understanding of Feminist theory and history. Response 2: I also had never taken a Women's Studies course before, and finding myself in a graduate level course that examined technology through feminist critical theory, I knew I would have a steep learning curve. Many of the concepts developed in this project were informed by what I learned from several historical texts which I assigned to myself as "extra-curricular" reading material. Challenge 3: As this was an "open" (creatively/intellectually) assignment, I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to explore and express my text-based learning in a non-textual medium. Response 3: I composed a a piece of music in which I tried to embody many of the key messages of the text upon which I based my project: “Love as a Hermeneutics of Social Change, a Decolonizing Movida” (by Chela Sandoval). The resulting rudimentary, interactive game and theme, with an accompanying written description of my experience is what you will find here.
    Subjects: Digital Storytelling, Interactive Games, Chela Sandoval, Third World Feminism
    Date Created: 2016/03/25
  9. Soul Shifting-Write-up [Download]

    Title: Soul Shifting-Write-up
    Creator: Lucinda Johnston
    Description: These three items were submitted to fulfill the requirements for an open assignment in the course HuCo 617: Digital Feminisms. They represent my learning in response to three challenges I set for myself: Challenge 1: To expand and use digital technology skills, particularly as this is not my forte nor within my academic experience. Response 1: Twine software does not employ "programming code" per se, but having never utilised any sort of technology that required "code" in any way, this was a good introduction to the concept of "coding" language and conventions. Challenge 2: To increase my understanding of Feminist theory and history. Response 2: I also had never taken a Women's Studies course before, and finding myself in a graduate level course that examined technology through feminist critical theory, I knew I would have a steep learning curve. Many of the concepts developed in this project were informed by what I learned from several historical texts which I assigned to myself as "extra-curricular" reading material. Challenge 3: As this was an "open" (creatively/intellectually) assignment, I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to explore and express my text-based learning in a non-textual medium. Response 3: I composed a a piece of music in which I tried to embody many of the key messages of the text upon which I based my project: “Love as a Hermeneutics of Social Change, a Decolonizing Movida” (by Chela Sandoval). The resulting rudimentary, interactive game and theme, with an accompanying written description of my experience is what you will find here.
    Subjects: Digital Storytelling, Interactive Games, Chela Sandoval, Third World Feminism
    Date Created: 2016/03/25
  10. Soul Shifting-Game [Download]

    Title: Soul Shifting-Game
    Creator: Lucinda Johnston
    Description: These three items were submitted to fulfill the requirements for an open assignment in the course HuCo 617: Digital Feminisms. They represent my learning in response to three challenges I set for myself: Challenge 1: To expand and use digital technology skills, particularly as this is not my forte nor within my academic experience. Response 1: Twine software does not employ "programming code" per se, but having never utilised any sort of technology that required "code" in any way, this was a good introduction to the concept of "coding" language and conventions. Challenge 2: To increase my understanding of Feminist theory and history. Response 2: I also had never taken a Women's Studies course before, and finding myself in a graduate level course that examined technology through feminist critical theory, I knew I would have a steep learning curve. Many of the concepts developed in this project were informed by what I learned from several historical texts which I assigned to myself as "extra-curricular" reading material. Challenge 3: As this was an "open" (creatively/intellectually) assignment, I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to explore and express my text-based learning in a non-textual medium. Response 3: I composed a a piece of music in which I tried to embody many of the key messages of the text upon which I based my project: “Love as a Hermeneutics of Social Change, a Decolonizing Movida” (by Chela Sandoval). The resulting rudimentary, interactive game and theme, with an accompanying written description of my experience is what you will find here.
    Subjects: Digital Storytelling, Interactive Games, Chela Sandoval, Third World Feminism
    Date Created: 2016/03/25