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JANUARY 2000Volume 2 Number 1

A Masters in Library Science On Grounds,
Online or Both?

Bonnie Delaney, Editor

The Connecticut State University System (CSU) offers the first opportunity in New England to access an accredited Masters in Library Science (MLS) online. This program integrates library science, information science, instructional technology and offers preparation for careers in various types of libraries. Southern Connecticut University's MLS program, whether taken online or on ground, is accredited by the American Library Association.

At present there are several online degree programs offered in Connecticut, and this is one of two master's level degree programs offered through the World Wide Web. Students have a choice; they can take their MLS courses fully on ground, fully on line or in a combination that best fits their schedule. Students can log on at any time, and not necessarily at the same time as their classmates or instructor. Class discussions can be held through e-mail, chat rooms or threaded discussions where the professor posts a question or topic and students respond at a time that fits their schedule.

School library media specialists are in short supply. Perhaps the services of OnlineCSU , the electronic classroom for four Connecticut State Universities will help to close this gap. This service first appeared on the Internet for the fall l998 semester with 71 students. By the fall l999, 377 students enrolled - a 531% increase. And the information age has taken yet another turn. For more information stop by: www.OnlineCSU.ctstateu.edu.

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