Master’s iWeekly e-newsletter

#27-1 | American Library Association’s (ALA) Site Visit – Call for Student Participation

Hello,

You are invited to attend an ‘MI Students/ALA Pizza Lunch’ for MI students on Monday, March 27 from noon to 1 pm, Rm. 728 to engage with members of the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Review Panel. Here’s why this is important.

At regularly scheduled intervals, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Committee on Accreditation (COA) evaluates the Master of Information program at the University of Toronto iSchool. The program has continuously been judged to be in “good standing” since 1937 when it was first accredited. Last assessed in 2010, the program is currently undergoing its review for 2017. Accreditation assures for students, employers, and the general public, a level of quality control in the education and training of information professionals.

The process involves preparation of a comprehensive Self-Study document which provides evidence of compliance with five standards relating to (1) systematic planning, (2) curriculum, (3) faculty, (4) students, and (5) administration, finances, and resources. The standards stress innovation, and encourage programs to take an active role in and concern for future developments and growth in the field of information. The final Self-Study document was approved by Faculty Council in February and submitted to the COA; the iSchool will be welcoming a panel of external reviewers for a site visit, Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28.

The External Review Panel (ERP) will consult with a large variety and number of stakeholders. They want to hear from those who are most engaged with, impacted by, and regularly interfacing with the iSchool MI program. It is the opportunity for the iSchool community and those associated with it to provide input and offer opinions regarding the MI program.

Please RSVP to Christine G. Chan at christinegrace [dot] chanatutoronto [dot] ca if you are planning to attend.

We appreciate your support and participation in the accreditation review process.

Barbara (Barb) Brown
Assistant Dean, Registrarial & Student Services
Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
416.978.8589

#27-2 | Reminder: Summer 2017 Course Enrolment Dates, Timetable, and Information

Summer 2017 Course Enrolment Dates have been set – please read the announcement carefully for information on the phased enrolment process.

Check the Summer 2017 timetable prior to course enrolment.

Also read the announcements on Summer 2017 Course Enrolment: Good to know information and Summer Session Tuition Fees & Gym Memberships for important details.

#27-3 | Summer 2017 OSAP Extension Form - Now Available Online

The summer 2017 OSAP extension form (for students who received OSAP in fall/winter 2016-17) is now available as an online form. Please see the details on the Summer 2017 OSAP Extension Application for Full-Time Students - Now Available Online announcement. Read more »

#27-4 | Reminder: June Graduation for April Finishers – Intent to Convocate Form Open on March 1st

Finishing up your degree in April? Submit an Intent to Convocate form starting on March 1st. Read more information on April finishers/June 2017 Graduation Information.

Reminders:

#27-5 | FIAA Student Conference & Research Grants worth up to $500!

Apply for Student Conference & Research Grants worth up to $500! Offered by Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA), and open to all MMSt and MI students who:

  1. have been invited to speak or present at a conference or panel, or
  2. are currently conducting a research project that is supervised by a faculty member.

Submit applications to: Le Dieu Tran, Chair, FIAA Grants & Awards Committee at: ledieutranatalumni [dot] utoronto [dot] ca.

Deadline for Winter 2017 grant applications: Friday, March 31, 2017.
NOTE: If you are applying for a grant in the Winter 2017 session, your conference/research activity must occur between January 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017.

Reminder: Register With the Safety Abroad Office
All students planning on participating in international U of T activity (gaining credit/research, funding or sanctioning) must fully register with the Safety Abroad Office prior to departure. Please begin the registration process at least 30 days before travel. Please see “Steps for Going Abroad” under Student Responsibilities for complete information.

Note: Failure to comply with these procedures may result in withdrawal of funding, emergency support and/or academic credit.

Please direct questions or concerns about the Safety Abroad guidelines and/or procedures to:
Safety Abroad Office
Cumberland House
33 St. George Street
416-978-1148
safety [dot] abroadatutoronto [dot] ca Read more »

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