Program of Study

For most of my adult life, I have worked in the library field – in government documents, periodicals, archives and systems. Since I have spent so much time working in a library, returning to school to obtain my MLS has always been something I have been interested in. Unfortunately, I hadn’t been able to attend due to time and financial constraints. I only began to seriously consider applying once schools began to offer entirely online programs without regional cohorts or requirements to spend time on campus. In the spring of 2005, I discovered Southern Connecticut State University’s online program. The MLS program could be completely finished online and as a state school the cost was reasonable for me. I applied during the summer of 2005 for admission as of January 2006 and took one class during the fall of 2005 to make sure that online education and I were compatible. Fortunately, I truly enjoyed the first class and was accepted into the program in November of 2005.

Planned Program – My current plan of study – submitted to my advisor in November 2005. Update: I sent a revised program to the ILS department during the last week of May 2007. I’m still waiting to have it accepted, etc.


3 Responses to Program of Study

  1. Jennifer,
    I just found your blog and read some of your entries.
    I am also a distance student in the MLS program at SCSU.
    I am interested in the blog that you talked about problems within the MLS program.
    I recently sent a suggestion letter to the chair of the ILS dept. I didn’t get back
    the response I was looking for.
    Have you heard from many other SCSU MLS students with communication issues?

  2. I have just completed a paraprofessional course at a local community college. It is supposed to prepare people to work in a library who don’t have or don’t want to get a MLS degree. But I have gradually learned that opportunities are slim to none, without a MLS. Not only that, but the courses I took barely touched on the skills needed even for a basic job. The most valuable thing I’ve gotten out of it was an internship I did, which is the first and only library experience I have had. I know I will have to start at the bottom, but from what I have read, the number of people coming out of MLS programs exceeds the number of library jobs out there, so people like me are at the end of a line filled with people who have an MLS or previous library experience or both. So, just to stay in the line, I have started to consider getting an MLS. Anyway, I find your website has provided some helpful information, and I just wanted to let you know it has boosted my spirits to read it. It lets me know that I am not alone, even if I am at the end of the line!

  3. cassandra365 says:

    How did you get started in systems field? I can tell from your MLS curriculum that only 1 or 2 classes focused on a small aspect of systems.
    You must have picked up the tools of your trade elsewhere.

    From a recent MLIS grad looking to ‘break’ into systems
    Here’s my professional profile:
    Any ideas welcome.

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