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Overview

The McGill School of Information Studies Practicum is a 3 credit academic elective course in which second-year Master of Library & Information Studies and Master of Information Studies students participate in field supervised field practice in information settings.

Recent institutions to host School of Information Studies students include Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Canadian Centre for Architecture, KPMG, McGill University, Montreal Children's Hospital, National Film Board, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, among many others. Projects undertaken by students have included website usability analysis, database design, digital collection outreach, knowledge audits, and archival collection evaluation.

Students benefit from the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge base and learning in a real-world setting, while gaining experience and practicing professional skills. > More information for students

Site supervisors and their workplaces benefit from the energy, knowledge, and skills of an emerging information professional while providing students with a valuable mentorship experience in a real-world setting.
> More information for supervisors

The final component of the Practicum program is an end-of-term Practicum Poster Showcase event. This event, open to Site Supervisors and others interested in the program, features visual displays by students in the Practicum program showcasing their learning and accomplishments.

Learning outcomes

  • To demonstrate an understanding of the roles and services at information organizations.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the duty and responsibilities of information professionals.
  • To apply theories learned in the context of one of the following specializations: archival studies, knowledge management, or librarianship in a professional context.

Placements

Students undertake Practicum placements at approved sites in a variety of public and private-sector settings.

Each Practicum placement is designed by the the site supervisor, the student, and the SIS Practicum Coordinator, following one of these 3 approaches:

  • Primarily project-based: student carries out one or more professional level projects
  • Primarily operational-based: student observes and participates in all areas of operation and service (e.g., reference, acquisitions, administration)
  • Combination of project and operational-based: incorporates elements of both approaches

Total working hours for the student are the equivalent of one course load of hours (120 hours) over the 12 weeks of the program, with a 50% minimum on-site requirement. Within guidelines, placements can be flexible as to scheduling of working hours, supervision, and practice.

Please note: Practicum placement is a competitive process; placements are not guaranteed.

> List of sample Practicum sites

Roles & responsibilities

The Practicum requires the collaboration of the student, the site supervisor and the SIS Practicum Coordinator.

  • Student: develops and carries out the agreed upon Practicum work plan; tracks progress in an ongoing log; participates in the end-of-program presentation open house; takes responsibility for self-directed learning. (More info.)
  • Site supervisor: establishes the objectives of the Practicum; supervises the student's activities; provides feedback (no grades) to the SIS Practicum Coordinator and student. (More info.)
  • SIS Practicum Coordinator: coordinates the matching of students and sites; acts as the main contact person for any questions or concerns from either student or site supervisor; provides the final Pass/Fail grade for the course.

 


CONTACT

Nathalie Blanchard
SIS Practicum Coordinator / Coordonatrice de stages
School of Information Studies / École des sciences de l'information
McGill University
3661 Peel St., Montreal, QC H3A 1X1