Hack Your Program: University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

23/09/2011 § 2 Comments

Eric Phetteplace is the Emerging Technologies Librarian at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland. He reads philosophy, writes poetry, and is sort of obsessed with the differences between various web browsers. He graduated from GSLIS in May of 2011.

The University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. By Kalev Leetaru, used with permission.


The opinions in this post are solely mine and do not represent my place of employment or the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. I did not take every course or talk to every professor, so I can only vouch for a small part of the school, but hopefully prospective students will find this snapshot useful in making their decision.


GSLIS offers an M.S. in Library and Information Science, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies, and a PhD. There are several concentrations and certificates available: Bioinformatics, Digital Libraries, Data Curation, Youth Librarianship, K-12 School Librarianship, Special Collections, and Community Informatics. There are about 570 M.S. students and a little over 50 apiece for the C.A.S. and PhD, though the majority of students are actually enrolled off-campus through theLEEPonlineeducationprogram.

The M.S. is 40 credit hours has only two required courses: LIS501 Information Organization and Access, and LIS502 Libraries, Information, and Society. Each concentration requires a handful of additional courses. There is a 2-hour practicum course which can be taken anywhere as long as you have an M.L.S. to supervise you. The recommended time for completion is two years but it is possible to finish in one. There is no mandatory final project or thesis for the M.S. but those who choose to stay on and receive a C.A.S. write a thesis. « Read the rest of this entry »

Hack Your Program: University of Wisconsin, Madison

15/09/2011 § 7 Comments

Continuing our Hack Your Program series, where current/recent students give the insider perspective on their LIS program, here’s a post from Tomissa Porath.
Tomissa Porath is a second-year library and information studies student at the University of Wisconsin — Madison.  Interested in academic libraries, she hopes to work at a major research university somewhere out of the Midwest.  When not in class, she is crafting with her fellow SLISers, finding the best beer in Madison, and traveling the world.
Disclaimer:  This is my own personal perspective on UW’s SLIS program.  These are not the opinions of the students as a whole, faculty, or staff members.  All criticisms are meant to be constructive.

SLIS has been an integral part of UW’s campus for over a hundred years, and students at UW’s SLIS are proud of this fact.  The two-year program is designed for the student body to get as much experience in and out of the classroom as possible, and to prepare future librarians for most of the challenges that lie within their future.

The program does have a family atmosphere to it; the “Minnesota Nice” from our neighbors to the west applies here as well.  Everyone helps their fellow students out and worry when classes are missed or assignments aren’t turned in.  You get to know a variety of students within your time at SLIS, and it is a great networking campus for sure. « Read the rest of this entry »

Hack Your Program: University of Michigan School of Information

16/08/2011 § 7 Comments

photo credit - Megan Thompson

Emily Thompson is a Montana native who spent a few years as a costume designer before moving to Taiwan and South Korea to teach English. When that got repetitive, she headed to the University of Michigan School of Information. Currently, she is in the middle of her job hunt, but is optimistic that she’s getting close!

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Hack Your Program – San Jose State University SLIS (Online)

11/08/2011 § 34 Comments

Brian McManus is on Twitter @B_rie and blogs here.

Editor’s note: We had several people contact us about Hacking SJSU and we thank you all for that. This is Brian’s experience and we would love to hear about your experiences (positive, critical, neutral, etc) below in the comments. Because SJSU is such a large, growing and diverse program, we value input from other students! – Heidi

Disclaimer: These are my personal opinion and are not representative of the student body, San Jose State University (SJSU), or the School of Library and Information Sciences (SLIS).  Any criticism is meant to be constructive and for the betterment of the program.

I was accepted to all of the University of Arizona’s, Florida State University’s, and San Jose State University’s SLIS programs. I needed a program that allowed me to continue to work full-time as library Staff at Washington State University, had a large and robust Web presence, and did not have a mandatory residency requirement attached to its distance program.  For example the University of Arizona required an 11 day stay at the beginning of a student’s course work; this was my “backup” school.

SJSU’s SLIS program allowed for my criteria; that is why I chose them.

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Hack Your Program – Pratt

02/08/2011 § 13 Comments

Many readers have expressed interest in hearing more about the SILS program at Pratt and so we’re happy to say that we have two really great posts this week!

Lauren Bradley

Lauren Bradley

Lauren Bradley recently graduated from the Pratt Institute School of Information & Library Science in New York City. She is a technical services and cataloging librarian with two organizations at the Center for Jewish History. She enjoys costume librarianship, database searching, and government documents. Follow her on Twitter @BibliosaurusRex

All views expressed here are my own and any criticism is meant to be taken constructively.


Program Overview 

Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science is unique in that is one of two non-art related programs at a primarily art and design school (the other is the Construction Management program, a part of the Architecture School).  Although the main campus is in Brooklyn, the library school occupies the sixth floor of a pretty awesome building on 14th St. in Manhattan.  Pratt does not have an online component.  All classes are taught in Manhattan, except for few classes that are taught off-site at libraries around New York City.  Off-site locations include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Public Library, and New York Public Library.

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