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School of Library and Information Studies

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. Wind turbine in Inuvik, NWT

    Title: Wind turbine in Inuvik, NWT
    Creator: Stobbs, Robyn
    Description: The Aurora Research Institute uses this small wind turbine for research.
    Subjects: Wind turbines
    Date Created: 2014/10/01
  2. LISAA Spring 2016 Newsletter

    Title: LISAA Spring 2016 Newsletter
    Creator: Library and Information Studies Alumni Association (LISAA)
    Subjects: School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) , Alumni
    Date Created: 2016/03/22
  3. Queer Muslim Users: Intersectional Spaces in Libraries

    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
  4. Making sense of digital libraries: An ongoing Process

    Title: Making sense of digital libraries: An ongoing Process
    Creator: Tunney, Claire
    Description: This paper briefly examines various perspectives on digital libraries in order to discuss what constitutes a digital library, the value or necessity of digital libraries, and how digital libraries differ from physical libraries. Critical avenues for examining key socio-technological aspects of digital library “history” pertaining to access to information are introduced. While there is little disagreement digital libraries hold immense promise; the pre-eminent challenge for Library and Information Science/Studies (LIS) professionals in the digital age will be the development of culturally appropriate digital libraries that utilize the knowledge traditions and meet the unique needs of diverse user communities around the world.
    Subjects: Digital libraries, Library science, Digital Divide, Digital libraries--Access control
    Date Created: 2016/01/28
  5. Horizon Report

    Title: Horizon Report
    Creator: Carol Ma
    Description: This report examines some of the issues facing the University of Alberta libraries in relation to patron experience and awareness, and offers technological solutions. Because each academic institution has specific needs according to what technologies and policies they have already adopted, and because the LIS field has complex needs that are constantly evolving, this report is not representative of all needs in academic libraries. After assessing the individual needs of the library, a literature review was conducted to uncover different technologies that are available, as well as the technologies that are still developing and will emerge in the next decade. In this report, the need for mobile app support and image-based social media channels will be explored, not only for the immediate benefits the library and the academic institution as a whole, but also for their ability to adapt and stay relevant in the future of the university.
    Subjects: University of Alberta, technology, academic libraries, social media, mobile applications
    Date Created: 2015
  6. Digital Repatriation - A Canadian Perspective

    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
  7. Book Review of Mirjam Foot’s Bookbinders at Work

    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
  8. Sponsorship in Public Libraries

    Title: Sponsorship in Public Libraries
    Creator: Gormley, Madeline
    Description: This paper will investigate the issue of corporate sponsorship in public libraries. Corporate sponsorship in public libraries is a murky issue – while it is natural for libraries and librarians to seek out the means to offer as many public services as possible, there is an underlying tension that exists between a public library’s mandate to provide free access to unbiased information and the financial goals that a corporation might bring to the table. This paper is presented in two sections. It begins with an analysis of the literature available on public libraries and corporate sponsorship and ends with a summary of the implications of corporate sponsorship in the library world and an identification of best practices.
    Subjects: Public libraries, Corporate sponsorship, Libraries and community
    Date Created: 2014/11/24
  9. Copyright Modernization Act : Bill C-11- Information Policy Implications on Canadian Academic Libraries

    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
  10. Boundaries to Fill.pdf

    Title: Boundaries to Fill.pdf
    Creator: desmith@ualberta.ca
    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