Learning from our Students is a research project funded by the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE 2008 Research Grant) and carried out by researchers at the Universities of Toronto and British Columbia.

Research Team

Principle Investigator: Joan Cherry, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto [joan dot cherry at utoronto dot ca]

Co-PIs: Wendy Duff, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto [wendy dot duff at utoronto dot ca] & Luanne Freund, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia [luanne dot freund at ubc dot ca].

Project Goals & Objectives

The project aims to investigate factors related to student perceptions of their education and the information professions in order to inform strategic decision making by LIS institutions and professional associations. More specifically, project objectives are as follows:

  1. To assess student perceptions of their education and their future professions and identify trends in these perceptions over time.
  2. To develop a model of the critical factors related to program satisfaction and perceptions of professional status.
  3. To identify similarities and differences in perceptions among student sub-populations.
  4. To develop, test and make available standardized instruments for student-centred program assessment.
  5. To collect a set of baseline data for LIS program assessment and comparison.

Project Status

To date we have completed three rounds of student surveys over two years at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia. In 2010, we replicated the survey in six Canadian LIS master's programs.

Information on the Survey

The survey was centrally administered using a commercial web survey hosting company (InfoPoll) and was conducted through three overlapping questionnaires geared towards incoming, midstream, and soon-to-be graduating students. More information on the survey instruments is available here.

Please contact Joan Cherry for further information: [joan dot cherry at utoronto dot ca].


last updated August 2012