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MLIS Librarianship stream

Coordinator, Librarianship Stream Prof. Joan Bartlett joan [dot] bartlett [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email)

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Ms. Kathryn Hubbard, Administrative & Student Affairs Coordinator  email


Practice settings

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.

Primary responsibilities

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.

Potential employers

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.



Students should consult with their advisors to select electives that best support individual ‎interests. Note that students may select any GLIS course as an elective, provided they have the ‎required prerequisites. ‎


Normal Course Plan Year 1

Year 1, Semester 1

GLIS 601 Information and Society

GLIS 607 Organization of Information

GLIS 615 Bibliographic and Factual Sources

GLIS 617 Information System Design

Year 1, Semester 2

GLIS 611 Research Principles and Analysis

GLIS 618 Collection Development

GLIS 619 Information Services and Users

GLIS 620 Information Agency Management


Professional associations

There are several professional associations for librarians according to their areas of interest and specialization. Here are a few suggestions: