McGill School of Information Studies graduates are engaged in dynamic careers around the globe, working in a wide range of academic, governmental, non-profit, and corporate settings.
Graduates of the Master of Library & Information Studies (MLIS) and Master of Information Studies (MISt) programs are equipped to work as information professionals in a variety of settings. See below for examples of practice settings, primary responsibilities, job titles, and potential employers.
Archival Studies/Records Management
Archivists and records managers work in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings, including cultural heritage institutions (archives, museums, historical societies, and special libraries), records and information centers in government agencies, corporations, colleges and universities, religious organizations, and non-profit organizations.
Archivists and records managers manage records in both paper and electronic formats as organizational memory and information assets through several activities. Archivists mainly deal with historical records and do activities, including acquisition, appraisal, selection, arrangement, description, conservation, and preservation. Records managers play their roles in the management of forms, reports, correspondence, email and electronic records, workflow analysis, records center operations, inventory, classification, filing, retention, and disposition. Archivists and records managers develop and manage recordkeeping systems and provide access to records used for organizational memory, strategic management, decision-making, research and development, and legal compliance.
Examples of job titles
Archivists, preservation librarians, special collections librarians, manuscript curators, records managers, records analysts, document managers, forms managers, reports managers, computer system managers, information managers, records center supervisors, digital resources managers.
Archives, museums, historical societies, special libraries, university archives, special collections or rare books division in university libraries; records centers or records management department in government agencies (Library and Archives of Canada, Canadian Heritage Information Network, Treasury Board of Canada), IT companies, financial institutions (banks, insurance companies), manufacturing companies, law firms, school boards, nonprofit organizations and religious organizations.
Knowledge Management (KM) is the systematic management of an organization’s knowledge resources – those found in people and those found in documents, databases, and other repositories of valuable content. KM specialists work in a wide variety of settings including consulting, pharmaceutical, financial institutions in the private sector, government agencies and departments and in the non-profit sector (arts, volunteer organizations). Higher education institutions have also started to employ KM managers specializing in the areas of knowledge taxonomies and communities of practice.
Knowledge managers are involved in both human resource and information technology required to help share and preserve knowledge. An example is succession planning to ensure knowledge is transferred to new employees and to ensure its input into the organizational memory system. Responsibilities involve the design and management of KM systems, and the knowledge asset management to support organizational goals and to gain and maintain competitive and innovative advantage. This includes the design of corporate information and KM policies on access and quality control, maintenance of proprietary information and mapping intellectual assets. KM also involves training, coaching, mentoring, communities of practice start-up and lifecycle support, and incorporating feedback into training content such as best practices and lessons learned. KM specialists may help users to gather, evaluate, analyze, synthesize and summarize as well as to advise and guide on knowledge sources (explicit content and experts). They may also manage the competitive intelligence cycle and related assignments.
Examples of job titles
Knowledge managers, knowledge journalists, knowledge taxonomists, ontologists, content editor/managers, portal managers, community of practice (CoP) librarians, knowledge support officer (KSO) team members, and competitive intelligence specialists.
Publishers, database creators and providers, press/mass media, information collectors such as Reuters, database vendors such as DIALOG, networks, service providers, consulting firms; IT companies; information organizations, access and preservation units e.g., corporate libraries, research libraries, other special libraries such as hospital libraries; research and information-gathering units, competitive intelligence units; governmental agencies; intelligence community; law firms, medical and pharmaceutical companies, large scientific agencies.
Librarians work in a great variety of settings. From an academic institution (schools, colleges, universities), or a public environment (municipalities, hospitals, government agencies and departments) to the private sector (corporations, law firms, research centres), librarians are employed as information professionals.
Librarians are expert at mediating access to the vast amount of information available in order to respond to their clients/library users needs. Responsibilities comprise the management (identification, retrieval, organization, and dissemination) of information in all formats (electronic/digital, audio/video, print. More specifically, according to the clientele being served, librarians provide access to a wide array of information sources. They organize their intellectual contents through various cataloguing and classification processes, conduct reference interviews and offer training information sessions in order to facilitate the linkage between the information sources and the client.
Examples of job titles
Academic librarians, business information specialists, cataloguers, health sciences librarians, indexer/abstracters, information architects, law librarians, public librarians, special librarians, and youth services public librarians.
Universities, municipal libraries, school boards, government agencies (Business Development Bank of Canada, National Film Board of Canada, Library and Archives Canada) and government departments (Fisheries and Ocean Canada, Justice Canada), the Business Sector (Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Alcan, SNC Lavalin, KPMG) to name a few.
Here are just a few of the positions held by recent SIS graduates:
- MLIS’14 graduate. Knowledge Management Advisor, Engineering and Product Development Center, Bombardier Aerospace
- MLIS’14 graduate. Librarian, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
- MLIS’13 graduate. Legal Document Manager, Central Bank of Ireland
- MLIS'13 graduate. Records Management Coordinator, Region of Peel
- PhD ’13 graduate. Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
Master's program placement (employment) survey
Our annual post-graduation employment surveys reveal that a majority of master's student survey respondents have obtained a professional position within a year of graduation.
2014 Master's Program Placement (Employment) Survey
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