What school offers the fastest, cheapest distance MLS program?

Anonymous Patron writes "I'm looking for the fastest, cheapest, easiest to earn distance MLS. It must be ALA accredited. It should be as close to completely online as possible and it should require the bare minimum of on campus time. I do not care about prestige just the quickest cheapest MLS available. Surely I'm not the only one who has embarked on this hunt."


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Re:fastest? cheapest? easiest?

I don't think all these comments are meant for someone in your position. You are doing all the "extras" that the original poster appears to want to avoid.

You are doing everything a successful grad should be ding to supplement the traditional classroom instruction

Good luck in your career.

Re:fastest? cheapest? easiest?

I don't think anyone said they would not hire you based on your education. But, if you are working on a graduate degree with the attitude that it must be fast, easy and & cheap, this attitude will prevail in your interview. You might appear to be unprepared against other candidates that are doing "extra". Many people feel the library job market is swamped with potential candidates, so many students are looking for the extras a program offers.


"treats opposing views with curtesy"

That's not my perception, hence my earlier comments.


That is exactly why I posted. When Dr. McCook is wearing her professorial "hat' in the classroom, she is a professional and does not bring her private political views to the forefront. She is passionate about intellectual freedom and the mission of libraries and librarians. She posts her political views on ALIS and ALIS-Shrugged, 2 listservs for the USF SLIS community. She began ALIS when she was the director of the library school, I believe, in order to promote discussion within the SLIS. When the university administration began moderating posts, she refused to be moderated and a student began the alternative, ALIS-Shrugged. This year she is posting to both and USF officially states that neither is affiliated with the administration. Yes, she is progessive, outspoken and left of center. But I believe the question was about her abilities as a professor in library school. The depth of her knowledge and experience is phenomenal. A person who does not agree with her political agenda will not feel uncomfortable in her classroom, unless that person is ignorant and intolerant of others.


Dr. McCook intrigues me. Is there any place I could read up on the whole flap over moderation?

Online MLIS

I am not sure how the program cost and length compare to other institutions, but Drexel University offers a fully online and ALA accredited program. Good luck!P.S. Unlike some others who have responded, I don't see anything wrong with your question. Afterall, practicality can be just as important as theoreticism.


>Refusing to hire someone who went to a school you view as easy is about as defensable as not hiring based on raceSorry, one is a protected category, and the other is not. Given your erudition, I'm not going to tell you which.-- Ender, Duke_of_URL


The preferred term is "protected class". Can you discriminate based on education? Yes, it occurs all the time. Usually in the determination of whom not to interview based on compliance with the desired, required, or preferred qualifications.Out of curiosity i'd like to see the list schools whom I should reject all canidates based on attendance.

Re: Mccook censored

Hmmm. Don't recall any published story. You could view the archived postings to the alternative student group, alis-shrugged, a Yahoo group. (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alis-shrugged/). It began as a response in March 2003 so that first month would contain comments about the situation. The university only gave terse statements later when they changed the original group to unofficial status and maintained control over all posts through BlackBoard. Re-reading the March 2003 posts refreshed my memory. The initial flap was directly tied to Gov. Jeb Bush's attempt to close the Florida State Library. Dr. Mccook and others called for library professionals and citizens to publicly denounce this effort. The director of the SLIS program, Dr. Vicki Gregory and the university president, Dr. Judy Genshaft both got nervous about criticizing the govenor and 86'd Dr. McCook without any notification. They didn't post her messages and didn't consult her or explain why. Sorry that the archives don't present a "balanced" view, but the opposing side did not make any public statements that I'm aware of.

Re:fastest? cheapest? easiest?

I've been doing this for 10 years and don't have a masters degree.I'm sure there is a lot I could learn in getting a MLS degree, but at this point, is it worth the time and effort?Probably half the jobs advertise salaries lower than what I'm making now, so I see little incentive to get my MLS. Why would I spent $20,000+ to make less money?I'm looking forward to the day when I will be judged for a job on my skills and abilities, not the quantity of education I have completed.The MLS is a hoop to jump through.


Insightful? Hardly. Elitist and arrogant? Yes!

Re:fastest? cheapest? easiest?

I'm looking forward to the day when I will be judged for a job on my skills and abilities, not the quantity of education I have completed.Sounds to me like an excellent argument for dropping out of high school. Because "education" just means having put in time, right? Doesn't imply actually having learned anything.I'm sorry for everyone who apparently got nothing out of their MLS programs. Perhaps you went to the wrong program for you. I simply could not be the librarian I am today without all the stuff I learned in my MLS program.

Re:fastest? cheapest? easiest?

Sometimes education means putting in time. I took the GED my junior year of high school. Having taken all the college prep courses there wasn’t much of a reason to complete my senior year. Was it a waste for me to spend another year and three months in high school when I could start college a year early? I’ve never felt so. Plus I had the time of my life with an extended summer.At times education does come down to putting in time. Anyone who hasn't taken a class just to finnish is a liar.If you are smarter and or more experienced than the course work, putting in time is what education becomes. I do not feel the MLS is a challenge. From my experience it is a qualification. Some qualifications just require an investment in time.Now to start the flame war. I doubt the year spent getting a library degree is any more distinguishing than the sum of expereince pre-MLS. To distinguish yourself with education do something practical like actual work experience or take some truly advanced statistics or accounting course from another department.

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