Areas of interest

In the Master of Information Studies (MISt) degrees at SIS, an area of interest corresponds to a particular set of courses in which students gain specific skills and knowledge in areas relevant to their career, academic, and personal goals. Students in the MISt programs build a course of study, in consultation with an academic advisor, based on one or more areas of interest or with a personalized combination of complementary courses.

The areas of interest described below are suggestions based on current course offerings. As the field of information studies is constantly evolving, course offerings change to address changing professional requirements.

All the cognate areas described below have two dimensions in common: a focus upon the interactions between people and information; and the application of information technology to facilitate these interactions. The emergence of the information age and the increasing role of information technology have created greater needs for expertise in transfer of information and knowledge.

Library studies

As the oldest school in Canada offering library education, SIS has offered courses in this area for more than a century. The area of library studies (LS) remains a very important component of the MISt programs with courses related to the identification, organization, preservation, retrieval and dissemination of library and information resources in all formats (digital, print, audio, visual, etc.) in order to address user needs and to foster access to information resources and culture artefacts. Among the following courses, GLIS 608 Classification and Cataloguing and GLIS 615 Reference & Information Services provide the foundations for cataloguing and reference services.

Suggested courses

  • 608 Classification and Cataloguing  
  • 615 Reference & Information Services  
  • 612 History of Books and Printing 
  • 613 Library and Archival History 
  • 614 Public Libraries 
  • 636 Government Information 
  • 637 Scientific &Technical Info. 
  • 638 Business Information 
  • 644 Descriptive Bibliography 
  • 650 Digital Libraries 
  • 651 Humanities & Social Sciences Information
  • 656 Abstracting and Indexing 
  • 671 Health Sciences Information 
  • 672 Law Information 
  • 673 Bioinformatics Resources 
  • 679 Information Literacy

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Knowledge management 

SIS is among the first schools in North America where a knowledge management (KM) focus was introduced in a professional master's program a number of years ago. KM seeks to identify useful and relevant knowledge in a given organization and to organize, merge and synthesize knowledge in order to foster efficiency through reuse of knowledge and/or to facilitate creativity and innovation. Competitive intelligence (CI) is a related domain enabling organizations to develop knowledge of their competitive environment and to integrate such knowledge into innovative strategies. Knowledge Management Fact Sheet ‎[.pdf]

Suggested courses

  • GLIS 661 Knowledge Management 
  • GLIS 662 Intellectual Capital  
  • GLIS 663 Knowledge Taxonomy  
  • GLIS 664 Knowledge Networks  
  • GLIS 665 Competitive Intelligence
  • GLIS 693 Information Architecture

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Archival studies

Archival studies (AS) is increasingly connected to library education and knowledge management (KM) initiatives. The focus is on the management of records in paper and electronic formats through the use of recordkeeping systems for facilitating institutional recordkeeping, legal compliance, and decision making. The AS area includes both the management (acquisition, appraisal, arrangement, description, and preservation) of historical records in archives, and also of active organizational records through records management (inventory, classification, and retention).

Suggested courses

  • GLIS 645 Archival Principles & Practice  
  • GLIS 641 Archival Description & Access  
  • GLIS 642 Preservation Management 
  • GLIS 649 Digital Curation  
  • GLIS 660 Enterprise Content Management

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Information & communication technology

The field of information studies has evolved in relation to the development of information and communication technology (ICT). Libraries, archives, and many other types of organisations, have all adopted various kinds of technologies for managing, accessing and disseminating information. Understanding ICT and mastering technical skills are increasingly important for any information professional. The following courses provide the foundations for designing databases, websites, and interfaces; for managing data and systems; and for addressing information retrieval and security issues.

Suggested courses

  • GLIS 616 Information Retrieval  
  • GLIS 626 Usability Analysis & Assessment
  • GLIS 627 User-Centered Design
  • GLIS 629 Information Security
  • GLIS 630 Data Mining
  • GLIS 633 Multimedia Systems  
  • GLIS 634 Web System Design & Management  
  • GLIS 657 Database Design & Development

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Personalized focus

Students with broad or general interests may tailor their program of studies by selecting a variety of complementary courses in consultation with academic advisors.

GLIS 689 Selected Topics (for students in the general MISt degree program)

In addition to study in specific areas of interest, students in the general MISt degree program may want to focus on a topic not currently covered in the existing program. To that end, GLIS 689 Selected Topics may be of interest. This course selection must first be discussed with the academic advisor and a suitable supervisor for the course must be found. A proposal must then be submitted to the potential supervisor. It is not advised to take this course in the first year of studies.


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