2016 Spring Newsletter / Student News

Student Group Activities

The School is home to eleven associations, professional association student chapters, and student groups. Below are just a few of the highlights from this past year.


The McGill Information Studies Student Association (MISSA) has had a busy year working on a number of new initiatives for the student body. In the Winter 2016 semester, MISSA hosted an all associations meeting in an ongoing effort to improve communication practices between student groups. MISSA surveyed the student body on two separate issues: the student experience at SIS as a whole, and the courses most important to MISt students. MISSA has also purchased a new fridge for the student kitchen in the SIS Mansion and has put in an order for branded Information Studies clothing.


In the 2015-16 school year, the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) McGill Student Chapter developed a new “Lunch Talk Series” given by postdoctoral researchers and PhD students at the School. This series of informal lunchtime talks aims to facilitate a scholarly culture at SIS and provide a platform for discussing works in progress. Speakers to date include: postdoctoral researcher Dr. Rita Orji, and PhD students Fei Shu, Daniel Steele, Mohammed AlGhamdi, Steven H. H. Ding, and Kunsheng Zhao.


In January 2016, the Canadian Library Association McGill Student Chapter (CLAMSC) organized a visit to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). The visit allowed students to learn about the work done by ECCC librarians and provided an opportunity to explore the newly renovated ECCC library and its collection. Fifteen students attended the visit and learned about what it’s like to work in a government library.


The Canadian Library Association McGill Student Chapter partnered with CLA and the ABQLA (Quebec Library Association) for the 2015/16 academic year to offer the ABQLA-CLA Professional Partnering Program (PPP).

The Professional Partnering Program is a flexible mentoring program run in partnership with Montreal-area professionals that connects SIS students to information professionals with similar professional interests. The School extends a warm thanks to all professional partners involved with the program this year.

> Learn more about our student groups, associations, and professional student chapters at www.mcgill.ca/sis-students