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We get a lot of questions on this forum asking if people know anything about various MLS / MLIS programs, so I thought it would be nice to have a definitive list of where everyone with an MLS or equivalent got their degree, when (if you're willing to say), and what experience you have with any special programs or classes (i.e., distance ed, K-12 endorsement, etc.).
MLS*, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
I was an on-campus student, but I took a number of LEEP (distance ed) classes, so I have experience with that side of the program, too. Also, I took a lot of digital library classes, and I recommend Fred Schlipf's library architecture class to everyone on the planet.
*although, I think technically it might be an Master of Science in Library and Information Science, not a Master of Library Science. Maybe I'll have to pull out my diploma . . .
MLIS, Kent State University, Ohio, 2007
I was also an on-campus student however many of my classes were connected to as many as 4 other locations making it a bit hard for participation...especially as you had to talk into a microphone and have a camera zoom in on you whenever you spoke! I found all of the teachers helpful. I would definitely recommend getting in as much practical experience out of the program as possible. I participated in a mini archives practicum (50 hours) at the special collections department of the Akron library and a full fledge practicum (100 + hours) at the Medina Public Library. This hands on knowledge really cemented the teachings in class and gave me some great connections. If anyone has questions about the school, feel free to contact me.
Went to the University Of Central England, Birmingham (then UCE, now BCU) but the LIS dept closed last year. Wonder if there's any other alumni here though...
MLS, Queens College (CUNY), 2005
QC offers certificates in archives and youth services (as well as a school librarian track which also requires education credits), but I did not personally participate in any of those.
I got my degree while holding a trainee position at NYPL, so I had a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. I would think that if a trainee/paraprofessional position is possible for you, that is the way to go, so that you have experience while applying for positions.
Thanks for starting this thread, Katya! This is very helpful to those of us looking at programs.
And so I look like I'm contributing - a friend of mine attended the MLS program at the University of Iowa and just graduated this May. They have a combined program with the Book Studies Center (you can get a certificate) - you can take both theory and art classes. I know a couple of people who have really enjoyed the Book Studies classes, even if they weren't always enthused about the main MLS program.
MLIS from University of Washington, 2008
I was a distant student, i.e. all classes were online, but had to go to Seattle at the beginning of each quarter for a few day "residency."
MLIS, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
I was an on-campus student who did not specialize in a program, though I did take one class designed for Fast Track (distance education) students and had at least one class held in conjunction with Fast Track students. Between the variety of classes and the internship opportunities, I enjoyed my time there!
MLS, Simmons College, 2006
I was part of the program on the Mount Holyoke Campus.
MLIS, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2006. I was in the distance ed program which required zero (!!!) travel. That is why I picked it.
MLIS, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2005
On-campus student, but took distance classes during a summer trip home. They were excellent.
To facilitate a career as an archivist, I completed a coordinated program in library science and history (MLIS / MA History).
MLS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998.
Although, since there were no archival classes while I was there, the handful of us interested in archives took those classes as part of the Public History Program at North Carolina State University. Carpooling the 45 min.-1 hour long drive between Chapel Hill and Raleigh at rush hour was quite a bonding experience. :-)
UNC's SILS program now has a formal joint degree with the Public History Dept. at NC State. They also have dual degrees in: Art History, Business Administration, Government, Health Policy and Administration, Law, Medicine, and Nursing. They also have a MSIS program.
And evidently, according to the website, they have an undergrad major/minor. Huh. Guess I need to pay closer attention to the alumni newsletter.
MLS, Rutgers University, 1998
I attended on campus, and enjoyed my library school experience tremendously. Interesting classmates & strong faculty.
I've worked as a high school librarian, as well as a reference librarian in the local history & genealogy department of a city public library. These days I volunteer at a research library in a museum of history & art.
MLS, University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science, 2007
I was an on-campus student, and really enjoyed the program. Most of my courses were in public libraries and youth services.
MLS, University of Missouri - Columbia, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, 2008
I actually took classes online and at the Kansas City campus. University of Missouri has classes available in person in Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas City, and in Lincoln/Omaha. Most of my courses were in public libraries and youth services, but I took a few on university librarianship and school librarianship just to help me confirm that I wanted to be in public libraries.
MLIS, Univeristy of South Carolina, Columbia - School of Library and Information Science, 1994.
I was on campus for two semesters, distance learning one semester and drove from Atlanta to Columbia once a week for a semester (don't do that, btw...). Really enjoyed being on campus. The distance learning was out of necessity (money) but was still quite good. USC has been doing distance learning programs for a while, so they know their stuff. Working while going to school isn't easy, but it gives you great experience and the ability to decide what kind of library environment is right for you.
also, University of Missouri - Columbia,
Information Science and Learning Technologies, December 2006.
I took classes in the St. Louis area. It was nice because there were both face to face classes and online classes. The combo of face to face classes and online classes really made the program convenient. Columbia faculty would drive to us on (some) weekends, they had adjunct faculty in St. Louis, and for some of the classes I chose to take I had to drive to Columbia (about once a semester).
MLS, University of Alberta (http://www.slis.ualberta.ca/), 1982.
Not a recent enough grad to provide useful current review of the program I attended, although I think quite highly of some of the recent grads they have produced so I think the program is still good.
MSLIS, University of Kentucky, 1993.
The school has since been absorbed into or merged with communications, so it's hard to imagine that I could provide much useful information to folks considering UK!
Lexington is very pretty though.
Indiana University in Indianapolis (IUPUI) - School of Library and Information Science...
I've used mine to be a public school media specialist (librarian)
MLIS, Rutgers University, 2005.
To be honest, I wasn't that impressed. My favorite professors were all adjuncts and I don't think any of them teach anymore. The regular professors I found to be rather self-interested and consequently were of little help to me. Perhaps my expectations were simply too high; my undergraduate professors had always been so open and free of pretense.
I did get a solid education, though, in spite of that. As I said, I had quality adjuncts. I studied to be a school media specialist but decided that the public educational system wasn't my cup of tea, so now I am a corporate librarian, which suits me much better.
MLIS, University of Washington, iSchool, 2007, Distance Program
I think they've renamed the Distance Program to the Online Program or something now since a lot of people in the Seattle area do the distance thing because of scheduling even though they don't live at a 'distance.' I was a short drive down I-5 in Portland, OR, and had to travel up once a quarter for the 'residency' as stated by the previous UW grad. I thought the online program was really good, but there weren't as many elective options via distance, though that may be changing as the program grows. I totally recommend Nancy Gershenfeld as a professor if you are at all interested in Special Libraries. I hadn't even thought of them until I took her class on recommendations of others and totally changed my path because of it. I wish they had more special libraries classes!
The one thing I'll say about the online classes is that some professors (like Nancy and some of the others I had) did really well with the online format, but there were some that just didn't work well in that medium. Especially when it was their first time teaching distance and they just hadn't learned how the format worked. It ends up being A LOT more work for the professors, from what I understand, to teach distance, and the profs that embrace 24/7 nature of it and the different things you can do via an online course make it great. But some of them were just so awful. The recorded lectures were just them reading powerpoints in a monotone and that was just boring. But things got better after more professors were used to teaching distance. I would definitely recommend looking up a professor's student evaluations before signing up with them, if possible. It is really helpful.
That being said, the UW program is great, and the on-campus part gives you some sense of who your professors and fellow students are which is nice, as well.
MLS SUNY Albany in-----1982!!!
I've been lucky enough to hire a few recent grads from this school and opccasionally have interns.I think the program is OK. Oh, my boss teaches an intro course there. That makes the school super.
Clarion University of PA--Dec. 2006
I was a full-time, on-campus student. I didn't really specialize. Those who were on the school media library track had their set requirements.
I had two online classes even though I was on campus--didn't like that format.
The MLS program was one of the big programs of the graduate level majors. (Education, Business, and Nursing were the others)
There's a BS in LS offered. You can do it without getting into the education track.
Clarion is in a rural location so you have to travel to get to other places. The Autumn Leaf Festival (ALF) is a big draw.
I'm just starting my MLIS with University of Rhode Island - so far so good!
MLIS, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
I opted for the "Fast Track" program (distance ed.).
It worked out well and I always looked forward to our on-campus weekends.
MLIS, University of Southern Mississippi, graduating this semester, December, 2008. All of my classes have been online. I've enjoyed the program, though it has posed some unique challenges and I do miss the casual interactions with classmates that are not possible in the distance-learning environment. I have been able to form helpful relationships with some of my professors, and have found the program as a whole really rewarding.
MLIS, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 2006
For where I was at that point in my life - geographically bound, newly married, not long out of undergrad - UNCG was a good fit. Had I do to do it over again, I might have explored some online options in addition to UNCG, although I must say that after taking two online courses my final semester, I much prefer f2f.
UNCG's strength is in school media and public libraries, so if that's your passion, it's a good fit. It's a small department so you get to know everyone, students and professors alike, fairly quickly, especially if you are full time. I would not recommend it if you're wanting to work in academic or special libraries, although to be honest, most librarians I know feel that they truly learned what they needed to know on the job - hard to replicate in a classroom environment, no matter how great the prof!
MLIS, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 12/06
I took classes both on campus and online. Both we very interesting, it just depended on what you prefer. I had some really fantastic professors and highly recommend the program. A couple of profs in particular liked to focus on situations you would face on the job and gave a ton of useful real life lessons.
MILS, University of Michigan, 1994
Back when U of M actually had the Library in its degree--before they dissed us by dropping it. Attention alumni relations office: don't bother calling.
MLIS, University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, 2007
I was an on-site student. No specific specialization, but I sort of wormed my way into a lot of experiences in digital librarianship (through courses, internships, etc.). I think that's a good strategy -- if there's some area of interest to you, take some classes in it if you can and find anything you can do to get some experience in it (even if it seems like mundane volunteer work).
I'm toying with the idea of getting a second masters, but I'd need to be able to pay for it out-of-pocket and on a 1-class per term basis. My student loans are eating me alive as is!
MLS Indiana University (Indianapolis) August 2008. Just found out today that it's on my transcript and I'm official!
Mostly I commuted to Indianapolis, but I did a couple of online classes and a couple more where the class met in person half the time and online on the off weeks.
MLS Syracuse University 2001.
I did the hybrid online program at Syracuse. I spent 3 days each semester for each class in Syracuse and 3-4 weeks in the summer. The rest of the time I did my classes from CA. I loved it. Great program. I finished all my classwork in 14 monthes, 4 month internship and I had my degree in 18 months. The only problem I had was that most of the people in my classes were from the east coast. Having a 3 hour time difference was difficult when setting up live chats. Great experience, very tech centric which I loved.
MLS University of North Texas 2006.
Distance ed--I live 300 miles away, so would have had to relocate or have a tough commute. I enjoyed almost every minute of it, and, naturally, I wish I had done some things differently. Overall, it has served me well so far.
Master of Science in Library and Information Science University of Tennessee at Knoxville 2007. I lived off campus but in Knoxville. I took online as well as on campus classes.
I got my MLS from the late lamented School of Library Service at Columbia University in 1987. Any alums out there, join our facebook group!
MLS, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC, 1995
They had/have a Saturday offering of classes that meet every other Saturday during the semester for 6 hours each class. Since I was commuting and working as a school librarian with a provisional license it was very practical, even with UNGG being closer to me physically. Central has a good solid program for school and public librarians. They also offer a MLIS which overlap some classes and share some professors.
MLIS, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 2008 (finishing up in December)
This is a fantastic distance education program for people in the surrounding states, Virginia, and even Maine (or on campus for local people). The professors and instructors are top notch and the technological aspects of the program keep pace with current tech developments. I have/had to usually attend 1 or 2 on-site Staruday classes each semester, but that is waived if the student lives too far from campus. I have absolutely enjoyed my time in this program and I shall be very sad to have it all end in 3 months.
MLIS, San Jose State University, 2000
Wow! I can't believe I'm the first to post SJSU. I started mine in 1997 and it was a distance program where we met on weekends at various libraries in Southern California. I never set foot on the SJSU campus. Now the program is the largest in the US and can be done exclusively online - or in what they now call "hybrid" courses where there are some meetings in person.
MSLS -- Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
Great school then and still is: http://slis.cua.edu/
MLIS, Simmons College, 2008
I went to the Boston campus, the Mt. Holyoke campus and even tried an online class. I was in the minority going full-time.
I received my MSIS (Master of Science in Information Studies) from the School of Information, University of Texas @ Austin, 2007.
I was primarily an on-campus student - I took one online class and it was a terrible nightmare, but I think it had more to do with the professor than anything else.
My focus was young adult services.
And - I would recommend UT's program to anyone interested because I had a wonderful experience; but I would also caution any prospective students not to get too attached to Austin...because it is almost impossible to find a job locally and no one wants to leave :o)
M.L.S., University of Arizona, 1988
In my day, distance learning meant you sat in the back of the classroom.
There was no snow, however.
MLIS, University of Denver, will graduate next spring!
I have enjoyed this program very much - I learn best in the classroom and live in Denver, so it's worked out well. My focus is Knowledge Management.
Classes offer a good balance of theoretical vs. practical information and traditional library curriculum vs. I-school type curriculum.
Most of the professors are fabulous and there are numerous opportunities to network with the bigwigs of Colorado Libraryland.
That said, the job market on the Front Range is glutted, and I'll probably have to move somewhere a little less "hip" to find a job.
MIS, UNC-CH, 2005.
They didn't have, at the time, a combined library/information science degree, which was annoying. But that may have changed. I was lucky in that I was already in NC doing a program at Duke, so that I didn't have to move to go to a good school and I was able to get in-state tuition.
MLS, University of Maryland, College Park, iSchool (orig. College of Library and Information Sciences), 2008
I took both archives classes and lots of reference classes. It was challenging for me as a part-time student to take all of the classes that I wanted to because some were not offered in the evenings. I was able to do a couple of independent studies, which more than made up for that, however. My advisers and professors were all excellent. There are limited online offerings -- I did manage to take one class online. The school is going through a bit of transition (growth, turnover, etc.) and I expect it to change quite a bit in the next few years, but I think it will all be in a positive direction.
MILS, University of Michigan - when it was Information and Library Studies - 1989
MS in LS from University of North Texas, 2007.
I took all my classes online, which works well for me because I tend to learn things very quickly and get frustrated with the slow pace of in-person classes. It prepared me well for what I'm doing now (academic librarian-reference and info services). Though I didn't specialize in it, I did take several of the medical librarianship courses and enjoyed them. They've also proved very useful to me.
Master of Science in Library and Information Science, University of Illinois
-started this year :)
MLS UCLA 1978 two year program. Specialized in Serials, later ended up in Systems. On campus, which was a good thing since I was working full time as a paraprofessional in UCLA's Research Library Serials Dept.
MLS, SUNY Buffalo, 2003.
Most of my courses were on campus, although a few were online. Great program, excellent professors.
Indiana University, School of Library and Information Science, Bloomington - expected, May 2009
I'm in the Rare Books and Special Collections certification, and there are about 8 more you can get (as well as an MLS/MIS) including archives, music, african studies, law, etc. It's a great program and I'm getting tons of hand on experience as well - hopefully I'll be in a rare books library soon!
MLS, Columbia University School of Library Service, New York, NY 1970
Alas, the first library school in the U.S. that was founded by Mr. Dewey is no longer. Melvil is gone but there are still quite a few of us who graduated from CUSLS still charging ahead into the future. Are there any others on Library Thing who spent their youthful hours in Butler Library who are still practicing the art?
MLIS - Masters of Library and Information Science from Dominican University, in River Forest, IL. 2004
I did not get the chance to take an online classes because they were not offered. So most of my education was on campus and in person. Though I would not mind trying one now. :)
MLIS - University of North Texas - on campus. I enjoyed it, but I have no idea what their current program includes.
I'm a M.S. in Library and Information Science through the University of Illinois (LEEP) GSLIS, graduation 2004.
MLIS - University of North Texas - graduating in 2009
I've been participating in the distance learning program since the beginning of the year and really enjoy it. I've traveled to the campus in Denton for required on-site visits for the core courses. The campus is lovely and I like the diverse faculty. I would enjoy taking classes on-site, but I live about 1,500 miles away.
MLS - Indiana University, Bloomington - 1993
I specialized in Art Librarianship & took a seminar from the great B.J. Irvine, who has since retired. My first job, one year out of the program, was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Thomas J. Watson Library, so it was worth getting that degree! I've since veered into systems librarianship, but will always remember fondly my days at IUB - it was a really top-quality program then, and still is now. There are plenty of distance-ed options available through this school - check out the website.
MLIS, Wayne State University. I graduated in 2007. My focus was Academic, but I work two part time jobs as a public librarian. It turns out that I like being a public librarian quite a bit.
I took a couple of online classes that met three times (in person) during the semester. Wayne just started a new program (one of my coworkers is in it) that's completely online, but had a mandatory two day in person orientation. It's not limited to Michigan (or Ohio, we had some commuters from Toledo), my friend said that there were people from all over the US and a couple from outside the country.
MLS Rutgers 1998
Planned to be in college/university setting. Then I had kids...
Now I'm back at Rutgers (online) working on additional coursework to become a media specialist.
44) I also have my MLS from Catholic University, 2006 though.
I specialized in School Media. I loved the school, but now I wish that the program required a storytelling class or workshop.
MLIS, Louisiana State University 2004
My specialization was special libraries, but ended up in public and now in academic.
MLIS, University of Washington.
Have undergraduate degrees in management of health care information and liberal studies. Worked as a manager of medical records prior to returning to graduate school. Also have a certificate in museum studies. Currently a corporate librarian.
MLS, Indiana University - Indianapolis, 2007.
The majority of my classes were on-campus but I took quite a few online courses. I liked having the option of taking classes at IU-Bloomington, but I chose Indianapolis as I had the opportunity to learn and work at an urban campus in the heart of downtown. I focused on academic librarianship and currently work as a reference and instruction librarian at a community college.
MLS Emporia State University (KS) 1993 - back before online classes, although we did have Intensives - which were weekend courses.
I am also ABD Information Science - Nova Southeastern - hybrid program with a one week on-site session at the beginning of the term, with remainder of learning distance education.
MSLS The Catholic University of America, 2007 (I see that there are a few of us on here!)
I focused on technology and reference. I'd be happy to talk to anyone thinking about attending CUA.
Any PhD's in Library Science?
Periodically I toy with the idea of going back to school for one..
University of South Carolina, School of Information and Library Science, 2008
MLIS, Masters in Library and Information Science
I took all my classes through the Distance Learning program using Blackboard. Since I was specializing in Archival Studies several of the classes had mandatory dates on campus usually on Fridays or Saturdays. This program worked out well since I still working full time while attending. On a whole I enjoyed the program and did well with the online format. I think they are going to change how they administer some of these classes, but many of the classes were recorded on campus and you were able to stream them at your own convenience later.
Not all the archival classes were offered online every year, but I was told they are going to be moving in this direction. Though I hope they still have days on campus since the school has some great departments conducting preservation and conservation and the on campus workshops were very informative. I also had to do several practicums and an internship. Professor Jennifer Marshall, who is in charge of the archival program, was one of the best professors there. I highly recommend taking her classes.
MLS Kent State University, 2000.
I did everything there, no distance learning.
My MS and PhD in Library and Information Science is from Florida State University (attended 1996-2002). I'm an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at University of South Florida.
These are both fine programs, but have very different emphasis with FSU having its strength in information studies while USF has its strength in library science. But either way, you are earning an ALA-accredited Master's degree. FSU offers a fully web-based experience for those who need or are interested in that option. USF offers a number of classes in either a site-based distance option or what we call blended classes that combine classroom meetings with web-based learning.
Both schools have exceptional faculty and a strong student focus.
Rutgers MLS, 1999
All on campus, they didn't really have too much distance learning yet.
Wayne State University in the D (Detroit, MI). That may seem like a major metro area, but with such limited access to the MLIS degree in MI and even Ohio people have to drive for many miles or relocate just to get a degree where we may or may not eventually earn what a Master's is worth. God Bless Librarians.
MLS from University of Minnesota, 1976. Another school that is no more.
It was there, in Walter Library, that I first encountered that new-fangled invention, the photocopier.
Working on MLS at Emporia State University, KS.
Huge number of distance students. Also cohort groups in Portland, OR, Salt Lake City, Denver
MLS at University of Western Ontario, 1985.
Good program then, now, who knows? But I'd be happy to share my experiences with anyone.
MLS Rutgers University, NJ SCILS 1989. There was no distance learning at that time. Our library has three recent MLS grads: one was completed online at Drexel University in Philadelphia; one partly online, partly on campus in upstate NY; one at Rutgers University on campus.
MSLIS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003.
Did the Fridays Only option while director of a small public library in rural central Illinois.
Go, FO Posse!!!
MLS, Rutgers University, 1993
We didn't have online classes when I was earning this. But my wife, who is currently working on her MLIS from the University of Washington, finds that online courses work out very well for her. Despite my initial skepticism about online courses, I have to admit their utility when you've already balancing two full-time jobs and raising a family . .
MLIS, in progress, San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science (SJSU SLIS)
I plan to graduate in May, 2009. I can't believe there aren't more SJSU people here!
Classes are primarily online, although I managed to take a couple completely on campus, as well as some "hybrid" courses.
Master's of Science in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania http://www.clarion.edu/1095/. I graduate on Dec 13 this year! I am in the Specialized Information Centers cohort, 100% online. Good basic LIBRARY SCIENCE classes and 4 advanced reference classes: bibliography of the sciences, bibliography of the humanities, government documents, and business sources and services.
I have really enjoyed the online environment (using Blackboard). We created a Yahoo group which allows us to have a sort of "coffeehouse" to hang out in.
Not going on to a PhD, but I am in the process of applying to Drexel for their CAS
Simmons College, MSLIS, and I'll be finishing up this May, whoot whoot.
Simmons is relatively small, which makes it easy to get involved and take a leadership role and get all that kind of good experience.
MLIS- University of Arizona- 2008
I took all but three of my classes online with only one week of required residency to start the program. The distance classes were a bit of a mixed bag. Some of them were easy (which I liked when I was busy) and other's required a lot more work than in person classes.
Really, my biggest problem with the degree was the fact that I have worked in libraries since I was fifteen and a lot of the information seemed like review. Great for people new to the profession, but a little redundant for anyone with experience. A number of teh more interesting classes were only offerred on campus. Sigh.
But the tech offerings were pretty good.
MLIS - The Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark - 2008
pneljne - When did you graduate? (And does anyone actually know what "LEEP" stands for? That always mystified me . . .)
A MLIS through a distance education program at the University of South Carolina
I took most of my classes over an ITV system that connected my site in Maine with the classroom in Charleston, SC. I went through the program with a cohort of 70 other Mainers. We met with our professors from USC twice during our semester. I graduated in 2004
Hi, Lyzzybee (message 87) - I was wondering that, too.
I've just started an MSc Library & Information Studies at City University, London. I'm doing it part-time so that my children don't end up completely feral, but I'm still finding it very hard work! Mostly it's the computing stuff that troubles me - still, it's enjoyable at the same time.
Hi Goldengrove - another Brit! What computing stuff are you having to do? I remember learning to do web pages in html and writing access databases ... but that was way back when!
MSIM - St. Cloud State University, MN
Master of Science in Information Media Is what I have.
This summer (2009) I'll complete an MLIS from Florida State University as a 100% distance-learning student. I agree with smaatta - FSU's faculty is impressive.
MSLIS, UIUC, LEEP 1998
LEEP - Leigh Estabrook's Excellent Program
>LEEP - Leigh Estabrook's Excellent Program
Seriously? Because that would be awesome! :)
MLIS, San Jose State University, so long ago there was no such thing as distance ed
MLS from Southern Connecticut State University, 2008. I was a distant learning student with the exception of 2 campus courses to help finish the program quicker.
MLS, Indiana University Bloomington, 2007
I took all of my classes at IUB and tried to focus my education on public libraries. I am now a Young Adult Librarian at a public library.
MSLIS, Pratt School of Information and Library Science, 2008, New York, NY
Archives concentration, since they didn't have a full program in music librarianship.
I've been working for 15 years in the Music & Arts Library, at Columbia.
MLIS, McGill University, 1995.
The program was alright, though more focused on the "I" part these days, from what I hear. Not the place to go if you want to specialize in childrens/ya stuff, I think Western or U of Alberta is a better choice for that. No distance ed.
MLS, University of Arizona, 1976!
I applaud the school for exerting extra effort to recruit Hispanic and Native American students.
Hey LyzzyBee - the web pages and databases are still in there! We get a 20 min on-line test every week - quite a pressure, but at least it gets it out of the way.
I have found that I rather like the way data bases work - I should imagine that the logic appeals to a lot of library-types.
MS LIS, School Media Specialization, Syracuse University, May 2009
All of the core school media classes are online. Most of the LIS core classes are offered both on campus and on-line. I have done as many on campus as possible since I don't like the on-line format.
If you like to write papers and don't do well on tests, than this program just might be for you. There are some really fantastic professors and the classes for the most part have been informative even for someone with library experience.
MLIS, Dominican University, River Forest, IL, 2007
The program offers online courses, but I didn't take any of them. I did take a couple weekend classes where it was all day Saturday and Sunday classes 3 different weekends during the semester. I thought it was a good program. I really enjoyed my class with Michael Stephens, Internet Fundementals - blogging and html, what's not to like?
MLIS, Wayne State University, 2008
I thought that it was a good program. My emphasis was in academic libraries and the profs that taught these classes were great. I took a few web-centric courses (a mix of in-class and online) and one online course. In the future, as I understand it, they hope to offer all of the courses online.
M.L.S University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 1996.
Before online courses, I worked on this degree from Miami, taking one semester in Tampa. There were distance learning classes (on Saturdays) scattered throughout South Florida so I traveled a lot on weekends. Some classes were offered in Miami proper.
Both USF and FSU offer distance learning M.L.S degrees, FSU's is completely online.
Getting my MLIS with SLM certification from University of South Carolina, Columbia - Distance Ed. and I love it! I work full time and take 2 classes a semester, I have to go on campus maybe once or twice a semester, sometimes not at all...great!
Technically, it is an M.S. ! :) However, their info page says this, "We equip students with the theories and practices of library and information science (LIS) through the study of the foundations, principles, and ideas of the discipline, and the status and expectations of the profession."
I'm interested in finding more about your experience with LEEP. I got my undergraduate at UIUC on campus, but I now live in Colorado, with a husband and two children! Once my youngest is in school, I'm planning on applying for the LEEP program.
What were some of the things you liked/disliked about the LEEP courses?
Thanks, Victoria, a.k.a. Plautia
>What were some of the things you liked/disliked about the LEEP courses?
I liked the actual classes I took (which were mostly technology-centered, and I liked those more than some of the traditional library classes) and I liked the convenience of taking the classes from home (I didn't have to venture out in the cold Illinois winter, and I could knit all through the lecture without feeling rude). I also thought the interface was pretty solid and I never had any big problems connecting, listening, or contributing.
My big problem with the LEEP classes was that I had a hard time getting to know my classmates, which made the semesters kind of lonely. All the friends I have from GSLIS are from the in-person classes I took. I think it's possible to get to know people in the online classes, but I think you have to be prepared to put extra work into actively forming the relationships.
Currently enrolled in San Jose State University's MLIS program (http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/) - hoping to graduate May 2009. Although there are still a few hybrid courses, most of the classes are entirely online which makes this a convenient way to get your degree. I find there are pros and cons - it would be nice to get to know the other students in the program and sometimes it feels like more work is piled on because of the format (having never done a masters program any other way, I could be totally wrong).
MLIS Kent State University 2006
I was an older student and wanted to finish quickly, so I did the entire 36 hour program in one calendar year. It was exhausting but exhilarating. I also worked part-time while in school.
I found the coursework not terribly difficult. Aside from the required courses, I took whatever was offered the semesters I was there, and ended up with quite an eclectic overview of library science.
I did find that my thinking about and in Library Science was greatly expanded by the courses, the professors, the reading material and my fellow students. I actually learned a great deal, and was introduced to many fascinating topics in the field.
I highly recommend library school and am thinking of going for my doctorate.
I drove 45 miles each way, 5 days a week for year.
MLS St. John's University, 2007
I was working full time in the library there at the time (free tuition!) but still managed to finish up the degree in 2 years going part time (including summer classes). I took a couple of online courses though it wasn't really by choice (necessity of offerings) and I did not like the format at all, much preferring in person classes. I also did not find the coursework difficult and our course selection was somewhat limited (small program). It was convenient due to the tuition reimbursement. I did learn a lot because I wanted to and working in the field while going to school kept everything fresh and useful. I still find after 6 or so years working in the field that most education is found on the job (of course lack of the MLS hinders many job possibilities).
MLIS, Rutgers University, 2006
I qualified for a school library certification (K-12) and my NJ public library certification.
MLS Catholic U 1977!!!
In the days before computers....now I'm known as the tech goddess of our library in a small town of only 1500 with only 6000 volumes here in rural Maine. They're right about where libraries were when I went to library school 30 years ago. Now we've gotten automated (although not with LT), we're getting a web page, we have a 24/7 wifi, and we may even open more than 10 hours a week! Doesn't sound like much, but it's been a delightful retirement 'career'.
Hi Lizzybee and Goldengrove!
Another Brit here - did my PG Diploma in LIS at what used to be North London Polytechnic in 1981 - believe it's now called London Metropolitan University or some such. I specialised in reference work but have never worked in a reference library as due to Mrs Thatcher's machinations, most jobs for newly qualified librarians in the public sector disappeared the year I finished my diploma and I went into education instead.
Masters degrees weren't on offer there then, only UCL offered that and they rejected my application :( Their loss ;)!!
It's not necessary in UK to have a masters qualification to become a chartered librarian, in fact these days you can do it the agonisingly slow way of doing an NVQ, as a friend of mine has done recently (I acted as her mentor). Took her about three years!
For the benefit of American librarians, NVQ is a vocational course you can do if you haven't been to university.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2006)
I found their distance education program an excellent way for me to complete my degree while continuing to work full time.
MSc, information and library management, Northumbria University at Newcastle.
They have a conventional 1 year taught course that follows a 1 year 'practical' and a 2 year distance course (what I took).
I'm Canadian and I am still in school (working on history) so I am not entirely certain how this will look to prospective Canadian employers. I Canada many capital L librarian posts are legislated or unionized to require a graduate qualification in library science or its equivalents. I have a technicians diploma from a very well respected program but that is not enought to get past unionized or government defined requirements.
I have plenty of stories about the distance program if anyone is interested.
I earned my MSLS at Florida State University in 1976. Obviously I was an on-site student in those days.
I earned my SLIS (distance learning) from University of South Carolina in 2001.
I was a public library director for 28 years. After working in public libraries for almost 38 years, I have retired (August 2008)..and am loving every minute of it.
I strongly recommend going for the Specialist degree in Library/Information Studies (or whatever the school calls it now); it sets you apart from the rest of the MLS pack. Actual experience always helps...but that can be very subjective comparing one candidate to another. Also, tie (whenever possible) your assignments to something that you have experienced in a library job or are experiencing in a job. Make it practical, not philosophical.
Frankly as a library director who hired professional librarians, I could not have cared less where one got the degree, or how one got the degree---only that one got an ALA accredited degree.
I know, I know. Too much information...I was a director...what else would you expect of me?
And one last thing: whatever the letters actually stand for? Nobody cares...except for the deans of the library schools.
I finished my MLIS through San Jose State's distance education program in 2007, while living in San Diego. Overall I was very dissatisfied with the program, and the administration in particular, and am happy to answer any questions about it.
MLS from TWU, 1998 after reading a book called Information Brokering. Haven't done much of that but glad I got the degree.
MSLS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Information & Library Science (SILS), 2004
This program rocks! I've had to turn back to the school for help and support when belatedly getting my Media Coordinator's certification added and Dr. Sandra Hughes-Hassell who is now leading that program was absolutely fantastic in helping me.
MS(LIS), Drexel University, 2006 http://www.ischool.drexel.edu/
I completed the program completely online while living and working in GA and was very pleased with the whole experience.
I earned my MLS from University of Maryland at College Park's College of Library and Information Sciences in August 2002.
My concentration was in archives, though my work epxerience has been in online bibliographic database environments.
MLIS totally on-site from the University of Maryland in 1974, the first deaf person to complete a degree from that program (and now recently retired). There was no government-mandated assistance for disabled persons in those days, so I had to make do with no sign language interpreter. I didn't have a specific specialty in library school, though I did take more media, computer, and administration courses than required.
I was also working as a paraprofessional librarian at the same time to pay for grad school--at first full-time study and part-time work, then after I received a permanent job offer, worked full-time and also studied full-time for the last semester. It nearly killed me, but I managed it. Several people commented on how different I looked the day after I finished my last exam.
I had the opportunity to take a scholarship-assisted MLS from Catholic University of America, but chose the University of Maryland instead as I perceived that program being, at the time, more up-to-date; the cost was roughly the same as although Maryland didn't offer a scholarship, I was eligible for the Maryland in-state tuition rate.
I got my library degree from University of Missouri-Columbia. Unfortunately, I took a pretty much totally useless BA in Library Science--don't even know why they offered such a thing, or why someone didn't tell me it was useless. There were only a handful of us, and the others were at least smart enough to double major in education. But, due to some good karma, I landed a parttime position as children's librarian, job-sharing in the '80s with someone who held an MLS and got around it that way--did exactly the same things she did for the same pay--lucky! Then after 14 years, I went back to college and got my teaching certificate and have been a school librarian ever since. Currently Texas requires an MLS, but I'm grandfathered in. Boy have I been lucky since I made the poor decision in my bachelor's degree 30 years ago! I could have gone back to get the MLS--there are 2 library schools less than 30 miles from my home at the time. But I liked the jobsharing aspect, as that gave me plenty of time to spend with my children. And then the education field appealed to me. And with retirement in less than 10 years, what would be the point? I'm doing what I love with the degree that I have. At the risk of being booed off the stage, I have to say I learned more "on the floor" than I ever did in library school. But that's probably true of most professions--I say the same thing about my education degree.
>I have to say I learned more "on the floor" than I ever did in library school.
You'll get no argument from me. I think there are a lot of random nuggets I wouldn't have picked up without formal education in the field, but the bulk of what I know how to do comes from just getting out there and doing it!
I'm currently in the MLIS program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I anticipate graduating in December 2009.
I live here and am taking most class on campus, but this semester I started two LEEP courses online and I have been impressed with the quality of the experience in that context. I still prefer the in-class experience overall, and the faculty here is fantastic.
MLIS from University of Western Ontario, 1991. Started in public libraries- children's, computing, then moved to academic- Instruction, sole librarian at a satellite campus, now Education librarian at Wilfrid Laurier U. I'd be happy to relay my experiences with anyone interested- I have gotten tenure, twice now.
Post Graduate Diploma in Librarianship and Information Studies - University of Wales, Aberystwyth 1991
MLIS, U. of So. Carolina, May 2008. Public library track.
I was a part of the Maine cohort. Classes were a combination of online, interactive TV, and onsite visits by professors. I really enjoyed the program - a good mix of theory and practice. I have a great job as a director of a small library - using what I learned every day with a good deal of confidence.
MLIS, University of Oklahoma May 2008
I took a combination of Online and On campus classes. I enjoyed the program once I got passed all the theory and could see how it really worked. Like others I say that some professors did better in an online environment. I really liked OU's use of Desire2Learn and I was glad that the class schedule also allowed me to work while completing the program.
Southern CT State University, May 2008 - half online, half on campus, ow oww! Classes were good, but make sure you take care of yourself; CT public universities are NOTORIOUS for misplacing forms and misdirecting their students (I went to another one for undergrad), including advisors.
MLIS from UCLA, 1992, all on-campus. I specialized in public libraries, with side interests in systems analysis and cataloging.
MLIS, Wayne State University, May 2009, rock on!
I have the archives certification with the MLIS, and took online and in seat classes. Killer commute if you don't live near Detroit (I was two hrs away) but it's worth it. Now they have their program completely online, however, so it's much easier. Great school, and take classes with Mike Smith at the Reuther Library if you get the chance.
MLIS - School of Information Management at Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S (2006)
I also have a Library & Information Technology diploma from the Nova Scotia Community College, Halifax, N.S. (1999)
Texas Woman's University, School of Library and Information Studies
Although the school has F2F classes, I took mine exclusively online and would be happy to answer any queries about the school or distance learning. My experience with both was positive.
Simmons in Boston, 1983.
It was only in Boston then! Worked at Harvard at the same time and they helped pay for library school. I only worked part-time for many years with kids, but now I'm back to a full time librarian position.
I graduated with an MSLS from the University of Southern California in 1972. It was a great school and I had a wonderful career working as a reference librarian, cataloger, head of tech services, junior college librarian, corporate librarian, and high school librarian. We moved around a lot and there were always job opportunities. I am now retired.
Don't despair: I am a UK Librarian. I just submitted My Dissertation for a MLS at City University, London.Am waiting for the results, hopefully I will be a full graduate come March!
I did the course part time and worked and it was rather stressful, but fun too. We had a very international set of classmates, many of whom were from the states.
We also crossed over some classes with the students doing the Information Science course, which was interesting.
Re# 132 and 133:
I haven't even got an undergrad degree -never went to uni. I have worked in public libraries since i was about 19, about 16 years, in NZ and the UK Was about 25 when I did A library Certificate course(NZ), which made me a "professional", though you didn't even need to be a professional to be a librarian in a public library-which seems to be the same in many public libraries in the uk too.
I finally decided I wanted to try the university thing, maybe move out of Public libraries so did the MLS.
At the time I did the NZ Library certificate there was no undergrad course in Library Science, just a MLS, but to do that you had to have a first degree in anything-and I did not want to study "anything" .
The point is I also have learnt so much on the job, and even my bosses regularly ask me stuff perhaps they should know.
Louisiana State University, MLIS, Concentration in Archives (2005). http://slis.lsu.edu/.
My advisor, Dr. Dow, started a consortium in order to provide more courses in Archiving. The consortium is Southeast Archives Education Collaborative (SAEC). http://www.archiveseducation.info/index.html.
If you are a student in any one of the 5 participating universities, then you can take these courses through compressed video.
I enjoyed the classes very much! And have thought about going back to take some more.
MIM, UNSW, 1999
Though the library school no longer exists. I did most of the course in 1996/97 but took a while to finish the last bits.
University of British Columbia. Got an MLIS (masters of library and information studies.) thought it was a good school, and loved living in vancouver.
MLIS, University of Alberta, 1999
Mostly on campus with a few online courses over the summer while I was working as a co-op student in another province.
Some great faculty members and a decent program. Fabulous city to live in if you don't mind winter...
MSLIS, Palmer School of Information and Library Science, C. W. Post, 2005
The main campus of this program was located on Long Island in New York, but they had other campuses in New York City and Westchester. I completed the entire program in New York City. The classes are held in New York University's Bobst Library, which was great since I was working on the Upper West Side at the time.
The program has two focuses besides the school media librarian program. The first is a concentration in rare books and special collections and the second is a certificate in archives and records management, although you don't have to choose a focus. I received the archivist certificate.
I thought it was a very good program. The professors were often the leaders in their respective fields and were great for making contacts.
However, overall, I think MLS programs are difficult to gauge since most of what I know about public librarianship I learned from working. The programs are great though for the other classes like cataloguing and things like that.
MSLIS, Florida State, 2004.
I was a distance student. FSU's program is completely online. I enjoyed the classes and the camaraderie that it was possible to build with the other students (even though I never met any of them). My undergrad degree is from UF. I was an on campus student there, but the business school is so big that I never knew the other students there the way that I did at FSU.
MLIS, Wayne State University 1996
Got a good all-round usable degree for a price I could afford.
MLIS, University Southern Mississippi, 1997. I work overseas and had to find a program where I could get my library degree before many online programs existed. I flew into Hattiesburg, Ms. in the early summer and spent two full summers on campus and did off campus work during the rest of the year. I had a wonderful experience, the campus was full of other international educators and the cost was perfect for me. I don't think I would have ever had the opportunity to reside in that area if it hadn't been for this degree. I am originally from the west coast.
I know I'm responding to this post really late, but how did you like Pratt? I'm thinking about going there next year.
MLS, Rutgers SCILS, 1998, with "Educational Media Specialist" certification. Part-time, I did this, and took more courses than I needed, because I wasn't sure I'd go the school librarian route.
No online study to speak of, but plenty of use of computers and the then budding Internet.
Still, the Educational Media certification does make one a school librarian, and the local professional organization is the NJASL (New Jersey Association of School Librarians). Call a duck a duck, why not? Good change in terminology.
This was my career for the last 10 working years of my life, and I loved it, mostly!
Bad change? It isn't SCILS anymore; they dropped any mention of libraries from the name of the school. It's now SC&I. I wonder what they call the places they keep the books...
But good news, anyway! It's No. 1 in School Library Media According to US News and World Report, in their 2011 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." Again!
MLIS, San Jose State University 2002
Wonderful program that prepared me well for the position I now hold as Library Director at an independent, Catholic, K-12 school. Like motomama many of my classes were remote on Northern California State University campuses although I actually enjoyed the many classes I attended on campus. I was very fortunate to have as my professor and advisor, Dr. David Loertscher, who inspired me to think out of the box and always remember that we serve the public/patrons, not the books or computers or buildings and that the former should always receive preference over the latter.
MLS, St. John's University, 1998. It was okay when I was there, since there were three excellent professors: Nancy Becker, Sherry Vellucci, and Bella Hass Weinberg. Vellucci has left and is now library dean at UNH. She was the cataloging professor and they haven't replaced her with anyone who knows real cataloging. I don't think much of the program as it now stands. I don't want to get too critical on this forum. If you want my advice you can contact me.
MLIS pending (2011), University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
Our program is a mixture of online and in-person courses, and we have many distance students (a large portion of our current student body for the LIS school is on the east coast of Florida). Thus far I'm liking the program well enough. We have a media specialist track, which is what I'm on, and the breadth of that track includes courses in the College of Education, which are good supplements. We also just started an Information Studies undergrad program, so we have a few more wee freshmen running around in the college than normal.
I have found so far that I enjoy actual library work far more than learning about it. I worked in the children's department of my hometown library in high school and loved that, and currently I work in a small technical college's library, and love it too. Library school is far less interesting and informative than library work.
I got my MLS at SUNY Albany back in the early 1970s. At the time I felt the program at Albany was exceptionally good, very well balanced with excellent faculty. Have no idea what it is like these days.
MLS at UCLA 1989-1991 (so it's dated - sue me). It was a two year full-time program at the time. Awesome degree, awesome preparation, awesome chance to practice as a student (I worked 20 hours/week at the University Research Library - I think it's now the Chuck Young - and 20 hours/week at the Grad School of Management Library my second year - my resume was golden).
I think one of the advantages of a UCLA program is the opportunity to get work and internship experience in a wide variety of settings in a huge metro setting. One of the problems with some of the programs is that you don't have a lot of options. E.g., in Urbana Champagne, you have good academic library opportunities, but special libraries and public libraries are more limited.
It gets more confusing when you factor in the chance to do distance learning.
If you read other threads, you'll find that the biggest advantage is the ability to accrue experience in the setting in which you wish to work. The ALA accredited MLS/MLIS/whatever degree is just the gate keeping credential. Getting a position is almost always predicated on actual experience.
MLS with concentration in Records and Archives, University of Maryland College Park, 2003. Now the iSchool, formerly CLIS. I joined the program after 20 years in industry. The program was in dire need of update when I was there and from what I've heard the results are mixed. My info is a bit dated as it is pre-recession.
Pros - the school has a special joint degree in Archives and History that I'm told is great. Internship and field study opportunities in the Washington DC area, which includes Baltimore and southern Maryland, are fabulous. The wealth of archival and historical organizations in the area also provides a pool of excellent adjunct professors. There is a mix of older professionals and just-out-of college students that makes for a good blend of ideas. I enjoyed most of my classes.
Cons - little focus on online learning. When I was there, they had too little faculty to cover their course offerings, so some courses I wanted weren't even offered in the three years I was on campus. The technology portion of the program was still poor, but again I'm told this has been subsequently improved.
Bottom line - I got a job in my field with an excellent company and I still have it! I guess that's a reasonable reference in these times.
PGDipLis (Hons) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2009
The PGDipLis in South Africa is the equivalent to the US MLS.
Sadly, the department is closing...it's the only Library School that still teaches cataloging. Huge loss to the nation.
Dominican, in Illinois - graduated 5 years ago. No particular focus - I went for a general, all-around exposure to as much as I could get, because I wanted to work in a public library.
Dominican is a very good school, but I admit, I went there because my work schedule wouldn't allow trying the program at U of I.
MLS, University of California, Berkeley, 1972 (Library school has been defunct for at least a couple of decades)
I teach a cataloging course online as adjunct faculty for the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), U of Alabama. About one-half of each year's students are distance learners. Alabama places a surcharge on distance learning but no out-of-state surcharge, so a few students have told me that for someone in CA, for instance, UA is a good deal.
This is my third semester teaching cataloging online, and I have thirty students. It's a lot of work for someone still working full-time as a cataloger, though I plan to retire at year's end (and teach yet another cataloging course for Drexel University next year in retirement).
MLIS + Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration Wayne State University 08. I took a mix of online, in person and distance learning. I LOVED the Archives concentration and found the archives profs to be very helpful.
MLIS, Kent State University, 2007
The degree made it possible for me to get an academic library job that I love, so I can't complain :)
MLIS from the University of Oklahoma in 2009. I took face-to-face and online classes, as well as a few hybrid courses. I also worked on campus for various libraries.
I went into the master's program immediately after graduating from a challenging private undergraduate college. I was a little bit disappointed in the program because it was so easy. On the other hand, I had fellow students who found it difficult. It still gave me a basic education that has allowed me to do the professional job I secured after graduation.
MLIS, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2006.
Overall a good program. I did a young adult services concentration and am working as a middle school media specialist. I enjoyed most of my classes, and the professors and staff were very helpful. Which came in handy when the graduate school lost some key paperwork a couple of weeks before I was scheduled to graduate.
Indiana University 1994
Started in one of the branch campuses and then moved to IUPUI in Indianapolis. Was only on the Blommington campus twice.
Was working for Datyon and Montgomery County Library in Dayton, Ohio at the time. Allowed me to move into a librarian job before I graduated.
Just joined the group as I have just this week started the MSc Library Science at City University in London. I noticed there's at least one other upthread who's summed it up nicely; an international group with a significant cross over into Information Science. Both courses share several modules in common.
It is a one year programme with no distance learning option and full time teaching is face to face for 2 days a week. I knew I'd found the right course when I discovered the course director was on LT!
However, it seems there is an inbuilt assumption that because you are a Library Science you must love books. This is my theory, anyway, based on the size of my reading list!
Drexel's MSLIS program, June 2004, on-campus.
For those not familiar, the "iSchool" consists of two programs: the Library & Information Science program, and the Information Systems program. At the time I was attending, my program felt like it was being squeezed in two directions: IS was being emphasized over LIS, and online was being emphasized over on-campus. The one online class I took was a complete and utter clusterf***, though that might have had more to do with the prof than the online format.
MLIS, Syracuse University, 2003
Masters of Library and Information Science
I took classes on campus and online. I preferred the courses I took on campus because I found the face to face interactions more meaningful. I did appreciate getting to stay home and work online during the brutal Syracuse winter. I would have liked the coursework to be more library oriented rather than so technological. All in all, I achieved my main goal. I was able to get my dream job as a librarian managing my local public library.
I am currently enrolled in the Information and Learning Technologies Master's program at the University of Colorado Denver. It is all online. It is focused on school libraries.
Sometimes I wonder if professors are given any sort of instruction on how to use online classrooms competently.
I just entered the MLIS program at the University of Denver. So far it's been amazing for getting to know the library community, but we'll see when I graduate whether or not the price tag was really worth it.
Speaking for our small library system-- 2 currently enrolled at University of South Carolina, one holds a degree from University of South Carolina. All (me included) did distance program while working in a library. One focus on school libraries, one focus on admin, one generalist.
Clarion University of PA
MLS, May 2006
Never set foot on campus (love to tell them that when they call for money and ask if I've seen the changes on campus!)
Attended classes in Harrisburg, PA at the Dixon University Center and some classes online.
I really liked the combination of getting to know people in person at Dixon and also having the convenience of online classes. It was a nice mix. The Dixon classes were 3 weekends per semester - Fri 6-9p; Sat 8a-6p. How well this went depended on the instructor and if they knew how to mix things up so you didn't get too bored during an all-day class...there were a couple who did a great job at that.
I think more than the program itself, it's often about the instructors and I had some really good ones - even a few of the online classes where that was the only thing they taught for Clarion...usually they were really good because it was a class on their specialty.
I specialized in public library studies (as in, the required Management class I took was on public libraries) - but I'm in an academic library and I didn't feel unprepared. Really enjoyed the experience and feel it was a good education.
MLS + MS in history, University of North Texas, 1994.
Because of Kenneth Lavender and Terry Grose Beamsley, I skewed my MLS to rare book studies and my MS to museum studies.
I don't know if they still have the dual library science and history program any longer, but it was great fun at the time.
Got my MS in Information Studies at Florida State University, 2006.
Program entirely online, which worked very well for me, as I'm much better at expressing myself online than in person.
Concentration in Information Architecture.
Graduating tomorrow with my MLIS from UNC-Greensboro. I've specialized in school library media while working in a school library, and I think that is the way to go! But I've very much enjoyed the faculty and the program. I'm sad to see it all end.
I also took several of my classes at UNC-Chapel Hill. I was never officially part of the program over there, but I particularly enjoyed my classes with Dr. Brian Sturm.
University of Michigan, School of Information.
I have an MSI (Master of Science in Information) and specialized in Library and Information Services. So if you want to get *really* acryonym-y, I'm an MSI-LIS!
Currently working in an academic library in Ohio. Like my job, but miss my home state (Michigan) and my family. Someday I hope to return...
MLS from University of Illinois GSLIS, spring 2009. Have worked at Palatine Public Library in (you guessed it) Palatine, IL since June 2008, full time since August 2009 as a Reference Librarian.
I agree! i can't believe you were the first to post from SJSU! I am almost finished with my MLIS, but am so impressed to see all the other library schools out there!
MLS, Rutgers 1968 - which makes my degree older than that of anyone else to post so far. Running a computer program back then meant submitting punch cards for batch processing, but we did get involved in both theory and nitty gritty of programming for library functions.
Worked as a student employee in the Reference Dept. of the main library for $1.25/hr--less than some undergrads were paid at the circulation desk. That experience proved as useful as the degree when applying for academic reference positions when I finished the program.
Wish there had been more emphasis on the importance of cataloging. Only requirement was a lab tacked onto a bibliography course, which was totally inadequate. Had to pick that up piece-meal later in order to work effectively with library automation, both in public and technical services.
I'm enrolled in an MLS program at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. I'm specializing in public librarianship but you can also do school media, academic, and general librarianship.
I live on campus, in grad student housing. If you're from NY it's quite affordable. I have friends who commute from Rochester and the like; there are also distance learning classes and online classes. They just started a completely online MLS program as well.
As of next year's entering class students will be required to have an online portfolio to graduate. Right now there are options to do a thesis, special project, directed study, or practicum. I'm probably doing a practicum over the summer. If you take a full course load (4 classes) you can finish in three semesters. You need 12 classes (36 credits) to graduate.
MLIS from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Technically the graduation date will be 2011, but I finished the coursework in 2010.
I was an on-campus student, and I refuse to spend another winter where the words "lake effect snow" are common. I did take a few online classes, but I wasn't especially fond of the learning style.
I'm always happy to ramble about courses, professors, and the best bars in Kent. :)
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Still in the program. Have one more year left, hopefully! I'm in the distance ed program.
Univ. of Illinois - Champaign...MS in Library Science or maybe it says Library and Information Science 1969.
I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002 with a Master of Arts in Information Science and Learning Technologies (emphasis in Library Science. I took most of my courses online and face-to-face at Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State University). I also received my Educational Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership in 2009 from Nova Southeastern University.
MLIS, Wayne State University, Michigan (2010)
I was an online student, but did go to the campus several times for various things. I live about 2 hours away. I thought the online environment was great and there was a lot of discussion with my online classmates. I've worked in an academic library for five years.
I have a Master of Library Science with licensure in school library science and a state certification in public library science from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. I graduated in May 2010. Librarians rock!!!!
I'm getting an MLIS from Dominican University, not planning on any certificates. I've taken one online class and am taking a hybrid class this semester.
I'm working on my MSLS from The Catholic University of America, hopefully finishing up in 2012. Hopefully going on for coursework in Slavic librarianship elsewhere.
I just started my MLIS at the University of Rhode Island. I hope to graduate in the summer of 2012.
This is my first semester at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia. I am working towards a MLIS degree that will hopefully be completed by summer 2012. I would like to focus on reference because I am interested in working in an academic setting. The program is entirely online and the professors are awesome!
MLS Emory Graduate School of Library and Information Science. I was in the last full-time graduating class ('87) before they closed down the school. They stayed open until the following spring of '88 so a handful of part-timers could finish up. Those were fun times.
I focused on automation (computers in libraries) which were just getting traction. At the public library where I worked before I left for graduate school, we were using Recordax machines. Remember those? A picture was taken of a computer punch-card, the patron's library card, and the book pocket information. The punch-cards were sent to Record Control organized by date and sequentially by number within a date. Magic happened in the background and when a book was overdue, the computer card, patron info, and book would be identified on the microfilm picture of the book. I've forgotten the real details...I just know it was a pain in the butt and we were glad when barcodes and scanners took over. I had the pleasure of putting barcodes on nearly all the books at the public library branch where I worked. Those were sweet times!
MA in Librarianship, Sheffield University, 1980-81. Although I had an Arts degree, I was allowed to join the MSc Information Science students doing 'computing' - which in those days was programming in COBOL using stacks of punch cards...
Rutgers MLS 1993 also! I've been working in a school district in Michigan since graduation and love being a a school media specialist. I'm snowed in today and enjoying the extra time to explore this site.
I am currently enrolled at Drexel University in the MLIS program. I am still working my way through the basic core curriculum and have chosen to pursue the degree 100% online as I live in another state.
I'm hoping to get into Digital Libraries or the K-12 library area, but I guess it will all depend on this terrible economy as to where the opportunities will be in the future...
Graduated December 2010 from Kent State University in Ohio with concentrations in archives and museum studies. I loved it.
SUNY-Buffalo, 1978 -- The department has danced thru many title changes and institutional locations. It was once "Informatics" absolutely no clue there !! and now lives in the School of Education (as it does here at UNC Greensboro, where I'm working), at least according to my alumni mail. I think "library science" was on my diploma, but if anyone wants to help me hunt for that document, just let me know! (;->>
Syracuse University-Distance Learning MSLIS, Dec. 2010.
Currently looking for full time work in the Boston area. Did my internship at Tufts University's Tisch Library and now work part time there as a Reference Librarian.
BA Library & Information Studies - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Polytechnic (Now Northumbria University) 1992
MSLIS - Drexel University - two classes in...
I'm also doing the entire program online and suprisingly, I really like it. I thought I might have problems with technology or motivating myself- but so far, so good. I really like that Drexel operates in Quarters since I can only manage one class at a time.
#215 I liked the quarter system - it meant that the summer session classes were equal to the other three quarters. It was not summer school.
I've just passed my MSc Library and Information Science from City University, London (with distinction!) Am a very happy bunny.
MLIS Drexel University, 2007.
I completed most of my degree on campus, but also took a handful of online classes. I'm now working as an Instructional Design Librarian (and all of my library jobs have been in academia).
I actually came to librarianship via the arts (also have an MFA), but am not working as an arts librarian (or in an arts library). Anyone who wants to discuss librarianship, the arts, and transferable skills, feel free to drop a line.
MS in Library Science, Columbia University, 1991
It was a short lived 48 credit program that required specializations within a field. My specialization is in Archives Management.
I went to Simmons College in Boston, MA. I'm originally from NH, and Simmons was actually the closest (and most impressive) school distance-wise. I also applied to Drexel, which was a close second, but I was generally happy with Simmons.
They allow on-campus housing for grad students (both male and female), so that was a major selling point for me.
I didn't want to do distance education, but Simmons definitely has a lot of options. I would check 'em out... pricier than other schools, but well worth it.
MSLS 1978 from Eastern Illinois University. About a month after I got my diploma they announced they were discontinuing the program. So...
CAS 1982 from North Texas State University's library school.
Worked at Weatherford (TX) Public Library 1977-87, College of the Bahamas library 1987-89, Fort Worth Public Library 1989-92, and Milton-Freewater (OR) Public Library 1992-present.
M.S. in L. S. Catholic University, Washington D. C. 1976
(Master of Science in Library Science) I took classes at night while I worked full time. I was certified as a School Library Media Specialist (K-12). Subbed in Denver area school district before having kids. When youngest was in middle school began subbing in Colorado Springs, CO. In 1999 (over 20 years after getting my degree), got a job as a Children's Librarian for the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs, and am still there--love working in the public library setting!
MA-IRLS The University of Arizona (Master's in Information Resources and Library Science) in 1997, focusing on serving Native American populations. My minor is in American Indian Studies. I've been working at a tribal college for over 10 years, and loving (mostly) every minute.
M.L.I.S. Dominican University 1998
Certified as School Library Media Specialist (K-12)
I work in a K-2 school. Love it!
MLS from Indiana University SLIS-Indianapolis, 2009. MA from Saint Louis University earlier (mathematics). In between, all but thesis towards another MA at University of North Dakota, where I discovered how much fun working in the library for the library was. (Picking the thesis topic was the killer part of that program.)
IU SLIS-Indy was great (except for out of state tuition) -- evening or Friday classes (some on Sat or Sun), great discussions, host site for distance ed classes, classrooms actually inside the library building (and security system).
Now cataloging donations for a community library that has never been completely cataloged (and all their acquisitions are donations).
MLIS at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to be completed in December 2011.
It's not transcript specific, but I followed the public library tract in a very general way. I took classes in reference, adult services, young adult services, children's services, management, cataloging, and the core classes of course. I would have liked to have done the certificate for archival work, but I did not want to spend the extra time and extra (loads) of money to take classes above and beyond what I needed. Maybe someday!
I took both online and in class. I prefer in class, because you have more of a support system and I find them more interactive and easier without the trillion discussion postings that are required for online classes.
MLIS from UC Berkeley 1992
(next to last class before they went the "I-school" route, and, unlike some others (Michigan, Washington) ditched ALA accreditation.)
It was a fabulous program, but at a tumultuous time for libraries, Internet just "discovered" by the public. Chicago and Columbia had just folded, Berkeley wanted to "broaden" its mission and get more researchy.
MIS (Human-Computer Interaction specialization) & MLS from Indiana University-Bloomington, 2004.
I got my degree entirely through LEEP. I can't sing enough praises about taking classes in your PJs. ;-) It's a very convenient, long-distance program for people who are working, can't move, and/or are switching careers/fields.
MSLIS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006
Hi all -
I'm currently working on my MLS through the distance program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. It's a great, supportive program.
M.S., Louisiana State University, 1972 --like nedlief, BC (before computers). We thought that typewriters that could produce brackets exemplified advanced technology.
Also have school library certification and an M.A. in history with a concentration in archives, both University of New Orleans, 1971 and 1988, respectively.
MLS @ Indiana University SLIS - Bloomington, 1997
Academic library all the way - I've stayed in smaller academics where you get to be a jack of all trades. To date I've done public services, instruction and a smattering of cataloging, supervised ILL, and planned a building move. I'm currently the electronic services librarian managing online databases, the library's website and social media stuff.... Can't comment on the program at IUB-SLIS now, obviously, but it was great preparation 10+ years ago!
Starting my third semester (part time) in the MLIS programme at McGill University in Montreal. So I have a several more semesters to go!
Attend classes on campus and am totally enjoying the challenge of being back at school . I work full time in a municpal planning office but my love for books, libraries and passion for genealogy sent me back to school.
Have also volunteered as duty librarian at our local genealogy library for the past 15 + years.
University of Toronto - Faculty of Information Studies - 2004
My husband and I both attended the University of Toronto and have a Master of Information Studies (MISt). They are now an iSchool and giving out Master's of Information. He's an archivist and I am a librarian.
MSLS - Wayne State University - 1976
I was very fortunate to have been able to study Archival Administration under the great Dr. Philip P. Mason. Have been both an archivist and librarian during my career.
MA-IRLS (Master's in Information Resources and Library Science), The University of Arizona, 1997.
I've worked in a small agriculture library at a major university, law library, public library, high school library, tribal library, and now a tribal college library. All the former helped prepare me to be a tribal college librarian because I have to know how to do it all! It's fabulous.
MLIS: Kent State University (2011), with a focus in academic libraries.
Rutgers MLIS, 2012
Earning it this May. One semester to go! Whoooo hooooo!!!
Currently working as a library assistant in the local history section in Jersey City.
Drexel, MSLIS, December 2011 Concentration in Child and Youth Services
Southern Connecticut State University, MLS, May 2010....100% through the distance learning program.
I am currently working as a Library Assistant at the George Holmes Bixby Memorial Library in Francestown, NH.
Postgraduate Diploma in Information & Library Studies from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK (2010)
The Postgraduate Diploma is identical to the Masters programme, minus the dissertation at the end (I hate writing essays!!)
MLIS: My last semester at University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Primarily online although several "blended" classes and this semester (my last!), I am taking my first class that meets weekly.
I also work part time at Shimberg Health Sciences Library (USF Health).
MLIS, Kent State University, 2008. Emphasis on Cataloguing and Classification.
Unfortunately, tried to get out of the corporate world and pursue my dream, but life got in the way. Completed the degree with a corporate library document digitization project. I'm still on the lookout for a job somewhere.
Almost done with year 1 of 2 of my MLIS at the University of Illinois' LEEP program!
I work full time and take all of my classes online--and honestly, I couldn't even imagine it another way. Online classes are so convenient. Plus, you can look like crap and drink beer while you're in class. It's awesome.
I am fortunate that my cohort is close-knit. We talk all the time. It's really helpful to have such a supportive, friendly, intelligent group of people to get through the doldrums of grad school. :)
MLIS, University of Texas at Austin
The degree is now called MSIS--they dropped the "Library"
MSLIS University of Illionis Urbana-Champaign emphasis on library theory and philosophy.
MLIS Palmer School, Long Island University (2012!), dual-degree program with New York University (expected 2013).
Although I am not the biggest fan of the Palmer curriculum, the dual-degree programming with NYU is extremely appealing. You receive the MLIS degree while also obtaining an MA from NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This is a fantastic opportunity for those interested in becoming academic librarians. Not only do you receive both degrees in New York City, where there are a myriad internship and job opportunities, but you work very closely with subject specialists at NYU's Bobst Library. Phenomenal. I just graduated with my MLIS and I already have a job at NYU!
MLIS from University of Alabama, 2010.
I loved my cohort, the library school, the professors, and working with the libraries on campus, especially W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, but disliked the town/culture there in Tuscaloosa. It wasn't for me.
I concentrated mostly on academic librarianship, archives, special collections, etc.
Another U of Tennessee, Knoxville SIS, 2004. I lived in Knoxville and was a local student, taking mostly on campus classes.
MLS. University of South Florida, 2008. My classes were almost all classroom based. From what I hear now, it seems like the program is almost 100 % online now. I now work in Reference at my local library.
My daughter has her MLIS from Rutgers in 2008 and is now an elementary school librarian.
MLIS, University of Alabama, 2012.
I was in the regional cohort since I live in Alabama, which means I completed all but 3 classes online. The 3 classes were completed at the Gadsden campus. Other options are face-to-face classes on campus or the online national cohort for those not within driving distance, according to the University.
Wow, long thread! My MLIS is from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I am currently cataloguing at a small academic library in Calgary, Alberta.
M.ed SL&IT through Mansfield University 2013
I am in my second year as the School Library Media Specialist for a 7-12 school in Northern PA.
I just joined this group today, but thought I'd contribute my info. I earned my MLIS from Davis College, University of South Carolina.
Started off as a School Media Specialist, but moved to the academic library world in 2001. I'm currently a reference librarian at a smaller academic library in South Carolina, USA.
I've kept up with colleagues and the state of the program at my alma mater, so I could give useful input for anyone interested in the program at USC.
I earned an MLS from Emporia State, Kansas in 1989. I worked at Kansas University in special collections and in the Law Library. I quit when my husband retired. Now I do authority work for my public library, and am cataloging my church library using librarything
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