The Master’s in Library and Information Studies Program via Distance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Master’s in Library and Information Studies Program via Distance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Debra Shapiro (University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3688-0.ch015
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Abstract

A narrative history of the development of the online Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), from its inception in collaboration with an Illinois public library system, to its current, fully online iteration is given. In addition, course delivery methods, from videoconferencing to Web-based methods, are outlined, and other details of the program are described.
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Though the SLIS/PALS collaboration was successful, we began to feel after the first four years that we would not be able to continue to recruit consistently superior students given the geographic limitation of the program, which was that students had to drive to one of the PALS service centers to attend class. These service centers were located in suburban areasnot well-served by public transportation. In addition, there was concern that we not diminish the quality of the distance program by accepting students of lesser caliber solely for the sake of enrollment. We therefore took a hiatus in 2009 to re-think the distance program.

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