McGill Alert / Alerte de McGill

Updated: Thu, 07/18/2024 - 18:12

Gradual reopening continues on downtown campus. See Campus Public Safety website for details.

La réouverture graduelle du campus du centre-ville se poursuit. Complément d'information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention.

Library studies

The School of Information Studies has offered courses in library studies for more than a century, making it the oldest school in Canada offering library education. The area of library studies remains an important component of the MISt program. Library studies courses relate to the identification, organization, preservation, retrieval, and dissemination of library and information resources in all formats. Among the following courses, GLIS 608 and GLIS 615 provide the foundations for cataloguing and reference services.

Suggested courses

  • GLIS 608 Course not available
  • GLIS 615 Course not available
  • GLIS 612 Course not available
  • GLIS 613 Course not available
  • GLIS 614 Course not available
  • GLIS 636 Course not available
  • GLIS 637 Course not available
  • GLIS 638 Course not available
  • GLIS 644 Course not available
  • GLIS 650 Course not available
  • GLIS 651 Course not available
  • GLIS 656 Course not available
  • GLIS 671 Course not available
  • GLIS 672 Course not available
  • GLIS 673 Course not available
  • GLIS 679 Course not available

Careers in Library Studies

Practice settings

Librarians work in many settings, from academic institutions and public environments to the private sector.

Primary responsibilities

Librarians mediate access to the vast amount of available information in order to respond to the needs of their clients or users. Responsibilities comprise the management (identification, retrieval, organization, and dissemination) of information in all formats (electronic/digital, audio/video, print). Specific job responsibilities include organizing resources through cataloguing and classification processes, conducting reference interviews, and offering training sessions.

Examples of job titles

  • Academic librarian
  • Business information specialist
  • Cataloguer
  • Health sciences librarian
  • Indexer/abstracter
  • Information architects
  • Law librarian
  • Public librarian
  • Special librarian
  • 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)
  • Government departments (e.g., Fisheries and Ocean Canada, Justice Canada)
  • The business sector (e.g., Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Alcan, SNC Lavalin, KPMG)
  • ...and more!





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