At McGill's School of Information Studies (SIS) we seek to find better ways to organize, access, disseminate, use, and preserve information and recorded knowledge.


The mission of the School of Information Studies is the advancement of learning through education, scholarship, and service in library and information studies.

As a proud part of McGill University, the School's activities also support the McGill University Mission.


The School of Information Studies focuses upon the knowledge and skills necessary for identification, acquisition, organization, retrieval, and dissemination of information to meet people's needs in diversified information, knowledge, and learning environments.

The School aims to advance the dynamic field of library and information studies by:

  • Attracting excellent students and inspiring them to become future leaders in the information professions
  • Developing innovative, service-oriented information professionals for diverse environments
  • Producing research and publications that advance the theory and practice of the discipline
  • Promoting excellence in professional practice
  • Playing a leadership role in the information society in Quebec, Canada, and abroad


The School benefits from its position in Quebec and Canada in pursuit of the following goals:

  • Education: To design, implement and promote programs for academic and professional development
  • Scholarship: To encourage critical thinking and research to advance both theory and practice
  • Service: To serve academic, professional, and civic communities


The McGill University School of Information Studies is an affiliate member of the iSchools, an international consortium dedicated to leading and promoting the information field.

The iSchools organization is composed of leading information schools which share a fundamental interest in the relationship between information, technology, and people. These schools have joined together to build awareness of, support for, and involvement with the information field among key constituencies, principally the media, business community, research funding bodies, student prospects, and information users; and to provide informed perspectives on matters of public policy as they affect the collection, organization, dissemination, use, and preservation of information.

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