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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. Boundaries to Fill.pdf [Download]

    Title: Boundaries to Fill.pdf
    Description: Reviews Alison Piepmeier's text, Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism. Discusses the beginnings of third wave feminism, detailing the impact that zines and Riot Grrrl had. Explains the concept of participatory media and how female empowerment and expression discovered a platform from which to speak through these early feminist publications.
    Subjects: Riot Grrrl Movement, Zines, Third Wave Feminism, Participatory Media
    Date Created: 2015/02/13
  2. Canadian Folklore Archives [Download]

    Title: Canadian Folklore Archives
    Creator: Chernyavska, Maryna
    Description: This poster is part of a larger research on Canadian folklore archives. It aims to critically examine folklore archives in Canada as a special type of cultural heritage institutions. I examine their history, function and organization of information and how they differ from those of more “traditional” archival institutions, such as government, university or business archives. Exploring these issues is necessary in order to better understand how folklore archives are managed today, and how sustainable these repositories are to survive and thrive in the future.
    Subjects: Folklore archives, Folklife archives, Archives -- Cultural heritage, Ethnographic collections, Archives -- Information organization
    Date Created: 2015
  3. Physical Library Spaces in the Digital Age [Download]

    Title: Physical Library Spaces in the Digital Age
    Creator: Jennifer Evaniew
    Description: This poster presents the results of a pilot study undertaken in an Advanced Research Course (LIS 597). The objective of the study is to ascertain the ways in which students make use of and interact with a physical space in an academic library. Cameron Library at the University of Alberta was chosen as the location. Through systematic observation and interviews with students and staff, the researcher determined a number of themes concerning students' behaviour and needs in the physical space of the academic library, as briefly discussed on the poster. The author presented this research in full at the Forum for Information Studies 2016 (
    ) and is in the process of seeking publication.
    Subjects: academic library, library space , observation, evaluation
    Date Created: 2015/12/01
  4. Digital Repatriation - A Canadian Perspective [Download]

    Title: Digital Repatriation - A Canadian Perspective
    Creator: Skinner, Julianne E.
    Description: The dawn of the 21st Century has been a period of transition in Canadian museology marked by greater public awareness of the concept of Indigenous voice and cultural authority in the representation of past lifeways, increasing concerns over ownership and repatriation of artifacts, and expanding partnerships between museums and Indigenous communities. During this time Canadian museums have struggled to balance their mandate of preserving and sharing material history with the public, with the desire of Indigenous communities to retain and preserve both sacred and secular artifacts from their material past. Although digital repatriation provides Indigenous communities with an opportunity to explore previously inaccessible elements of their material culture, and to convey in their own voice the story of their past, an uncomfortable power dynamic exists. Indigenous peoples are being called upon to add content and consequently value to collections that remain the property of a culturally dominant other. While such projects claim to provide reciprocal benefits to both Indigenous communities and the cultural heritage and academic institutions that ultimately retain ownership of the artifacts, it can be argued that the relationship is not an equitable one. This essay seeks to examine the benefits and shortcomings of digital repatriation, and to explore the strategies employed by three Canadian digitization projects: the Reciprocal Research Network (RRN), the Knowledge Sharing Database (GKS) of the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures (GRASAC), and the Blackfoot Digital Library.
    Subjects: Digital repatriation, Indigenous peoples, Museums, Canada, Digital technologies
    Date Created: 2014/12/13
  5. Literature Review: 21st Century Reference Collections [Download]

    Title: Literature Review: 21st Century Reference Collections
    Creator: Desrochers, Christopher G. J.
    Description: A literature review of 21st century reference collections with a focus on weeding and highlighting electronic reference materials.
    Subjects: Collection, Library, Reference, Electronic
    Date Created: 2013/04/30
  6. Copyright Modernization Act : Bill C-11- Information Policy Implications on Canadian Academic Libraries [Download]

    Title: Copyright Modernization Act : Bill C-11- Information Policy Implications on Canadian Academic Libraries
    Creator: Adrian Castillo
    Description: The article examines how information policies are expressed through governmental legislation such as the Copyright Modernization Act, also known as Bill - C11. Furthermore, the article evaluates the impact of Bill - C11 on Canadian academic libraries, under the scope of the Information Cycle, including: creation, production, distribution, access, and use of information.
    Subjects: Copyright, Canadian Academic Libraries, Information Policy
    Date Created: Feb 8th, 2016
  7. Faculty Publications

    Title: Faculty Publications
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: Publications by faculty affiliated with the School of Library and Information Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta.
  8. Queer Muslim Users: Intersectional Spaces in Libraries [Download]

    Title: Queer Muslim Users: Intersectional Spaces in Libraries
    Creator: Visconti, Gianmarco
    Description: The winning submission for the 2015 CLA Student Article Award. Abstract: How do we assess the information needs of individuals who do not fit into the niches we create for them? This paper explores what it means to create safe spaces in libraries, with a special focus on queer Muslim identity, using Samra Habib’s Tumblr project, “Just me and Allah: Photographs of Queer Muslims,” and its connections with the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and Toronto Public Library, as a counterpoint to more dominant discourses about Muslim populations found in Western librarianship.
    Subjects: LGBTQ muslims, social responsibility, intersectional librarianship
  9. A Pluralistic Approach to the Philosophy of Classification [Download]

    Title: A Pluralistic Approach to the Philosophy of Classification
    Creator: Szostak, Rick
    Description: Any classification system should be evaluated with respect to a variety of philosophical and practical concerns. This paper explores several distinct issues: the nature of a work, the value of a statement, the contribution of information science to philosophy, the nature of hierarchy, ethical evaluation, pre- versus postcoordination, the lived experience of librarians, and formalization versus natural language. It evaluates a particular approach to classification in terms of each of these but draws general lessons for philosophical evaluation. That approach to classification emphasizes the free combination of basic concepts representing both real things in the world and the relationships among these; works are also classified in terms of theories, methods, and perspectives applied.
    Subjects: philosophy, classification
    Date Created: 2015/04/28
  10. Book Review of Mirjam Foot’s Bookbinders at Work [Download]

    Title: Book Review of Mirjam Foot’s Bookbinders at Work
    Creator: Peck, Jessica Rose
    Description: The following provides a review of the text 'Bookbinders at Work' written by Mirjam Foot in which the social, historical, and cultural significance of bookbinders and their practice is explored. 'Bookbinders at Work' is a unique examination of the practices of bookbinders between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, drawing upon historic bookbinding manuals as primary source material. Bookbinders at Work is an excellent introduction to the subject of bookbinders and bookbinding, with enthusiastic descriptions of the activities of the bookbinder and beautiful images to enthral the reader. Foot is a professor emeritus of Library and Archive Studies at University College, London where she has become a leading researcher into the history of bookbinding.
    Subjects: Bookbinding, Bookbinder, history of bookbinding, historic book trade, bookbinding manual, book review, Bookbinders at Work, Mirjam Foot
    Date Created: 2015/02/20