For any questions about the Practicum, please contact the Educational Services Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: completion of MLIS core
MAS: not available to MAS students
If you opt to do a Practicum, it must be completed PRIOR TO your last term of study in the MLIS or Dual program, as it intended to inform your program of study. A practicum will not be arranged in or after a final term.
Please apply by the following dates to be considered for the practicum placements:
Apply by September 15 for end of Winter 1 placements in December
Apply by January 15 for end of Winter 2 placements in April
Apply by May 15 for end of Summer placements in August
To apply, fill out the LIBR 595 Practicum Application Form and follow instructions on how to submit. For ideas of where to complete your practicum, see example practicum locations [PDF]. The Practicum appears on your transcript with a Pass/Fail grade.
To satisfy this requirement, you must work for at least two weeks under supervision in an approved information-based organization. The normal time period is after the examinations concluding the first academic year of studies so that the more specialized and practical studies of the second half of your program may be based on the experience.
After a placement has been confirmed with the Educational Services Coordinator, complete the practicum project plan with your supervisor to use as a guide during your placement.
The practicum normally takes place in an academic, public, school, or special library but if it meets your needs better, and if a freelance information professional agrees to supervise, it may take place in a non-institutional setting. There is no limitation on locality. Your wishes are considered and usually accommodated in determining this. Since there is no provision for payment or return of expenses to you, it is usual to undertake the practicum in a locality where you need not pay extra for accommodation during the period. Practicum placements have been arranged in almost every province and in many foreign countries. The supervising librarian receives instructions which emphasize the purpose of the practicum as an introduction to professional judgement-making and the planning and execution of services. They specify that you are not to be expected to carry out routine operations of an essentially clerical nature.
Student Final Report – fill in this form upon completion of your placement
Supervisor Final Survey – to be completed by the placement supervisor at the end of the practicum