In defense of online LIS education

31/08/2011 § 45 Comments

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In online discussions about the current state of LIS education, I’ve seen heavy criticism of online education.  Of course, I can’t seem to find many of these discussions now that I need to reference them — but you can check out these blog posts, especially the comments, for some context.  I think the general perception of online programs, LIS or not, is that they are easy and students enrolled in them are recluses, hiding away from interacting with other people.  While I can’t speak for all programs and all online students, my experience has been that online programs are challenging — though in a different way than offline programs — and I certainly am no recluse. « Read the rest of this entry »

New Writers!

08/08/2011 § 3 Comments

I am pleased and honored to present the first three of our new writers: Rose L. Chou, Ashley Wescott and Teresa Silva. We are very excited about their contributions and unique points of view, so please help me in welcoming them.

Rose L. Chou – San Jose State

Rose L. Chou is nearly halfway through the program at San Jose State University, where she is focusing on archives.  Originally from Greenville, SC, Rose lives in the Washington, DC area and works as a Circulation Specialist at the American University Library.  LIS interests include archives of color, archival reference, digital preservation, and diversity.  Non-LIS interests include pop culture and social enterprise.  Rose tweets as @roselovecand blogs at anthroarchivist.

Ashley Wescott – University of N. Texas

Ashley Wescott is currently earning an MLIS from the University of North Texas online. She is interested in youth services and library advocacy. Ashley works as a children’s services associate at a Chicagoland library, and as a research analyst for a marketing consulting firm. Her spare time is spent discovering great books, walking my rat terrier and seeing plays with her husband. Follow her on Twitter as@2thelibrary.

Teresa Silva – Pratt Institute

Teresa Silva is currently packing up her belongings and getting ready for her cross county move from the west coast to the east coast, to start her first year at the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science in New York City. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California Berkeley in Ethnic Studies. It was while attending college and working at the university libraries that she became drawn to the library and information science field. Teresa is interested in learning the ins and outs of becoming an information professional, in particular museum librarianship and archiving. She looks forward to learning more about the challenges that confront LIS students and writing about them. She’ll be documenting her life as a student once again and living and new city on her blog. Follow her (brand new!) Twitter account @bibliotree. « Read the rest of this entry »

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