iSchool Survey of Graduates

Graduates of the professional programs at SLAIS (Master of Archival Studies, Master of Library and Information Studies, and Joint Master of Archival Studies/Master of Library and Information Studies) find work in a variety of locations and institutions. Position titles have varied from Knowledge Manager to Digital Asset Coordinator to Faculty Liaison Librarian to Senior Archivist. They work in all levels of government, academic institutions, both the private and the public sector, in non-profit organizations and in corporations.

In order to better understand the trends and challenges for our graduates in obtaining employment as professionals, the UBC School of Library, Archival & Information Studies conducts an annual survey of graduates from its three professional programs (MAS, MLIS, and MAS/MLIS). This allows us to identify trends in employment, as well as benefit from the views of our graduates a year later.

Graduates are surveyed approximately one year after graduation, and each cohort is surveyed only once. The most recent survey was conducted in early 2017. MAS, MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS graduates whose degrees were conferred between September 2015 and May 2016 were surveyed. The survey is confidential, and some data and responses may be edited to ensure confidentiality.


View the 2016 alumni survey results here

Previous reports:

The 2015 survey results can be downloaded here as a PDF document

The 2014 survey results can be downloaded here as a PDF document.

The 2011 survey results can be downloaded here as a PDF document.


If you have any comments on the survey or its results, please contact the SLAIS Educational Services Coordinator at