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School of Library and Information Studies SLIS, Alumni

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Subject-Keyword: School of Library and Information Studies SLIS Alumni

Type of item: Report

Language: English




Date created: 2004

DOI: doi:10.7939-R30R9M54G

License information: Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Unported


Author: Library and Information Studies Alumni Association LISAA



University of Alberta Edmonton NEWS 15 IN THIS ISSUE: New faces at SLIS 2 PD Day 2004: New venue, new format, big success! 3 Partners’ Day 2003-04 a hit 3 Where are they now? 4 Northern Exposure a warm experience 9 ALA honours Pat Cavill, BLS 1970 9 Annual Peel Prize established 10 SLIS special awards 2004 10 TH Library and Information Studies Alumni Association April 2004 A N N UA L E M P LOY M E N T S U RV E Y This past year the School conducted its 15th annual employment survey of graduates of the Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of Alberta.
In 2002, 24 students graduated with MLIS degrees, 17 of whom are represented in this survey (71%, comparable to the 2001 graduating class at 70%, but under the 89% rate for 2000 graduates).
The 2002 survey was conducted in July and August 2003, just over a year after spring convocation. Summary All 17 of the 2002 graduates responding to the survey reported employment in library and information studies at some time since graduation, with 16 working at the time of the survey (94%).
This echoes the high overall placement rates of MLIS graduates during the past decade or so, in the range of 75% to100%. Employment prospects, however, appeared to be somewhat less promising than for those of graduates from the previous two years, 2001 and 2000.
Fewer than half of the 2002 graduates employed held fulltime permanent positions, compared to 71% of the 2001 cohort and 76% of the 2000 cohort; even in earlier years the range was from 50% to 60%.
Nor did salaries grow: the median annual salary was $41,000, the same as for the 2001 cohort. Comparison of first and current placements shows that slightly more than half of the 2002 graduates changed jobs at least once during their first year after graduation compared with 65% of graduates in the two previous years.
Almost all of the 2002 graduates obtained their first position within three (Continued on page 6) G E T I N VO LV E D I N L...

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