Career Planning

The McGill School of Information Studies develops innovative, service-oriented information professionals for diverse environments. Our graduates work around the globe in a wide range of academic, governmental, non-profit, and corporate settings.

Learn more about career options and career trajectories of our graduates:

Retention rate for SIS Masters 95%

Average completion time for MISt is 2 years full time or 3 years part time

For information about graduates working inc a relevant field refer to our Master's program employment survey results (below)

Careers for Master of Information Studies graduates

Graduates of the Master of Information Studies (MISt) program are equipped to work as information professionals in a variety of settings. The MISt program (formerly called Master of Library and Information Studies) is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). Our graduates work in areas such as libraries, archives, knowledge management, information management, and records management, and also find work in areas such as information and communication technology, competitive intelligence, communications, management, research, and administration, among many others.

Potential jobs for Master of Information Studies graduates include:

  • Academic, Corporate, Government, or Public Librarian
  • Archivist
  • Business Information Specialist
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Content Strategist
  • Corporate Taxonomist
  • Data Management Analyst
  • Data Mining Specialist
  • Database Manager
  • Information Architect
  • Information Manager
  • Knowledge Management Specialist
  • Library Administrator
  • Media Manager
  • Research Analyst
  • Records Manager
  • User Experience Designer  - and more.

Learn more about Librarianship

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 (e.g., Business Development Bank of Canada, National Film Board of Canada, Library and Archives Canada) and government departments (e.g., Fisheries and Ocean Canada, Justice Canada), the business sector (e.g., Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Alcan, SNC Lavalin, KPMG) to name a few.

Learn more about Knowledge Management

Practice settings

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. ‎

Primary responsibilities

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.‎

Potential employers

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.

Learn more about Archival Studies/Records Management

Practice settings

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.

Primary responsibilities

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. ‎

Potential employers

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 (e.g., 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.

Master's program employment survey results

The School conducts an annual survey of master’s program graduates approximately a year after graduation. Survey results assist prospective and current students in understanding the current employment climate, and inform the School for planning purposes.

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Where are our PhD graduates working?

SIS graduates on LinkedIn

On LinkedIn? Use the LinkedIn Alumni Directory to see where over 650 SIS graduates are working:

> Go to the McGill University page and click "Students & Alumni."
> To find SIS master's students and grads (for example), enter "MLIS" or "MISt" in the search bar.

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