Magazine article American Libraries

Southern Connecticut State to Offer Online MLS

Magazine article American Libraries

Southern Connecticut State to Offer Online MLS

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Southern Connecticut State University has unveiled a new program that claims to offer New England's first totally online master of library science degree. Students entering SCSU's Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology will now have the option of earning their MLS degree entirely online, entirely on campus, or by combining the two.

Officials announced the program at a press conference November 18, where they also revealed that eCollege.com, Connecticut State University system's Denver-based Internet service provider, has awarded a $150,000 grant to the CSU system for the OnlineCSU initiative, of which the MLS program is a part. In accepting the grant, CSU Chancellor William Cibes said, "Being able to complete the MLS degree online will address the shortage in Connecticut of school library media specialists."

The department actually began offering online courses last summer and has been gradually adding to the list. "We expect to make the whole program available on the Web by next summer," said LSIT Dean Edward C. Harris. He pointed out that all the online courses will be designed and taught by SCSU faculty and that online and on-campus requirements are identical; however, for most online courses each step from registration to final exam will be conducted over the Internet.

Harris noted that the SCSU program is ALA-accredited and degrees earned online through the school will be bestowed as degrees from an accredited institution. He said the issue had been broached with ALA's Committee on Accreditation and "the committee told me that as far as they are concerned the online delivery is just a different form of delivery. …

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