INFO 0590.00 Practicum is a required, non-credit course for all MLIS students. In combination with required MLIS course work, the placement in an information setting is an essential element of the school's curriculum, and is a key element in the professional training for information management students.
The INFO 0590 placement can be:
A. 100-hour placement (Practicum): typically unpaid, usually occurring in April, working under the supervision of an experienced Information Management (IM) professional
B. Extended (500+ hours) IM work placement: which includes approved pre-admission employment, or pre-graduation employment.
INFO 0590 Goals
The placement experience enables the student to test and evaluate theories discussed in class, to gain experience in a real-life information setting, to refine specific areas of interest, and to reflect on their developing competencies in the context of the MLIS Competencies. This may well lead to the exploration of areas of particular interest for course specialization and future employment.
During their MLIS Program, SIM’s students will develop competencies in the areas of information technology, IM leadership, risk and change management, user-centred information services, and research and evaluation. During the preparation for their placement, and throughout their placement, INFO 0590 students will, in addition, focus on the development of workplace skills & attributes competencies.
Academic: The student will apply theory learned in the classroom to his/her experiences in the field.
Professional: The student will use Practicum placement experiences to refine his/her Information Management goals, and to gain further practical skills and knowledge.
Personal: The student will gain confidence from the Practicum placement experiences, and increase his/her network of professional contacts.