University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies
The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS or SLAIS, the iSchool at UBC) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver is a graduate school offering a Master of Archival Studies (MAS), a Master of Arts in Children's Literature (MACL), a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Library, Archival and Information Studies (Ph.D.). Founded in 1961 as the School of Librarianship, SLAIS is currently located in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
SLAIS offers three masters degrees, a dual MAS/MLIS, a doctoral degree and a certificate of advanced study. A concentration in First Nations and a sub-specialization in Human-Computer Interaction are also available.
The Master of Archival Studies and Master of Library and Information Studies degrees are 48-credit programs, consisting primarily of coursework, with an optional 12-credit thesis option.
The Master of Archival Studies degree program follows the guidelines for archival education published by the Association of Canadian Archivists and the Society of American Archivists. The degree program began in 1981 and was the first stand-alone degree program in archival science in Canada or the United States.
The Master of Library and Information Studies degree was first offered in 1995 and superseded the Master of Library Studies, which had been offered since 1971. Prior, the school offered a one-year Bachelors of Library Science.
The Dual Master of Archival Studies/Master of Library and Information Studies Program enables students to earn both the MAS and MLIS degrees within three to five years, following the completion of 81 credits.
The Master of Arts in Children's Literature is a 30-credit interdisciplinary program, composed of courses from the departments of English, French, Language and Literacy Education, Theatre and SLAIS.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Library, Archival and Information Studies program was introduced in 2003, with Archival Studies and Library and Information Studies streams.
Research at SLAIS is clustered in three core areas: management and preservation of digital records, creation and use of cultural materials and digital information systems and information interaction. The International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems (InterPARES) Project, headed by Luciana Duranti, focuses on the authenticity of born-digital records in records management programs and archives. The Centre for the Investigation of Financial Records (CiFER), headed by Victoria Lemieux, studies issues relevant to the management of financial records, including risk management, security and e-discovery. The Digital Information Interaction Group (DiiG), composed of Luanne Freund, Rick Lopak and Heather O'Brien, brings together researchers and students engaged in the study of human interaction with digital information objects, collections of digital media, and digital information systems.
- Luciana Duranti (Chair, MAS program)
- Luanne Freund
- Caroline Haythornthwaite (Director)
- Rick Kopak
- Victoria LeMieux
- Aaron Loehrlein
- Eric Meyers
- Giovanni Michetti
- Lisa Nathan (Coordinator, First Nations curriculum concentration)
- Heather L. O'Brien
- Edie Rasmussen (Chair, Ph.D. program)
- Judi Saltman (Chair, MACL program)
- Mary Sue Stephenson (Chair, MLIS program)
Notable Former Faculty
- Terry Eastwood - Pioneer of archival education, Fellow of the Society of American Archivists
- Ken Haycock - Professor emeritus and former director of the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science.
- Fiorella Foscarini (2009 Ph.D.) - Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto
- Heather MacNeil (MAS) - Associate Professor at the University of Toronto
- Shelley Sweeney (MAS) - Head of University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.
- Eastwood, Terry. "Archival Research: the University of British Columbia Experience." The American Archivist 63 (Fall/Winter 2006): 243-257.
- SLAIS. "History of SLAIS." Accessed January 28, 2012.
- University of Toronto Faculty of Information. Fiorella Foscarini. Accessed January 28, 2012.
- University of Toronto Faculty of Information. Heather MacNeil. Accessed January 28, 2012.