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."


Being a crank has a downside.

As an out of state grad of LEEP, I can attest to the expense, but as far as prestige and longevity of program goes, LEEP rises to the top.

I got more IT experience than I ever dreamed!

The constitution has nothing to do with this discussion. Check your EEO law. Refusing to hire someone who went to a school you view as easy is about as defensable as not hiring based on race. Its a prejudice.

I don't think the Constitution says you are not allowed to discriminate on the basis of hard work vs. laziness.There is nothing wrong with wanting to choose a program based on cost or time, or even "easiness" (define easy. It may mean they are looking for something that works with a flexible schedule, etc.)However, if any of these are your sole determining factor, then I question whether you value the degree, or the time and money you put into it. Considering something as important as a graduate program that is a big investment of time and money, as well as having a huge impact on your future, should involve more than these factors.

There are no ALA accredited programs outside the US and Canada. Unfortunately the ALA is the professional accrediting body. As hard as it is to get a good job as a librarian convincing them that some foreign institution is comparable to ALA certification of the programme.

Uh, why he heck do you wnat to be a librarian? There is no money in it.

I think I knew the same thing but I went to library school and worked full time as well (albiet without children or lawn work).

I have other graduate degrees and speak other languages as well. I would have assumed that I would have been a good librarian at some academic library in one of the red states. Apparently they thought otherwise.

I do wonder if being a white guy had anything to do with it as I have seen any number of minority internship opportunities for which I am qualified. I was not selected for an internship at a health sciences library (after being an RN for ~13 yrs) because it was designed for minority librarians. I thought men were minority librarians.

Quit now and become a CPA, at least people respect CPAs and pay them a living wage. And the AICPA is not full of left wing nutjobs who propose that they come out with policies on terrorism.

That negates the fast portion. However I doubt you will find an easier program.

Illeagal. If ever I lost a job because of your silly prejudice I'd have perfect grounds for an EEO complaint against your institution. Besides who would want to work for, or with you. My guess is your not allowed to offer much input on such matters.

Cheap equates to affordable or economical. Less debt is usually better. Spend sometime amortizing cost of education versus earning potential. I’m betting affordable wins most times.Quick, does everybody believe quick negates prestige? Efficient is how I see this portion. This profession needs more who do. We can really safely eliminate those who think about doing something.Easy? That seems to be the apple cart tipper. I'm of the camp that believes giving the maximum of the required minimum. Takes 100 hours of work to earn a B versus 175 hours to earn an A? Then in my mind 100 hours is a reasonable investment, unless you really need the A. Work smarter not harder. We really need to have more strategic thought from graduates than is currently in evidence. If the degree is the same why put forth extra effort academically? Prestige that’s silly. Spend your effort on things that will distinguish you. Spending time working in a library while earning your MLS is more impressive than watching the cashbox at the student chapter ALA bake sale. A few hundred hours of your time working with the public and shelving several miles of books will make you stand out more than academic achievement. So much better if the degree doesn’t get in the way of the time to earn experience.

Also consider other things like opportunities for co-op education, because if you are earning money (in your field!) while at Lib school, then the additional tuition $$$ is more than worth it.Have you thought about going overseas? Even paying international student fees might be less $$ then some colleges in the US. Canada for example?As for not being able to find a job, I was working part time only 4 months into library school (yay co-op!) and full time within 2 months. Employers will hire people from schools they know are good (often their fellow alumni), so quick, easy, online may seriously limit your job prospects. This may not matter if you are already in a unionized position at a library where you can not advance without that MLS, but heaven help you if you ever get laid off, or if other reasons stifle your advancement (hello Harvard!)

Clarion Grad here, too. Easy? Well, you get out of it what you put into it. Fast? Well, if having a core requirement come up as a DE class once every three years is fast, I guess so. To do it in just two years I had to get permission to take a class elsewhere and transfer it.

And I probably wouldn't want to work for someone so full of him or herself as you.I'm a student at TWU, probably the "cheapest, fastest" of MLS-granting institutions. While I'm not thrilled with the program, I am getting a good education. I chose TWU's distance ed. program because I am a husband and the father of a three-year-old. I hold down a challenging full-time job. And I also have to get out and mow the lawn once a week. Nonetheless, I want to be a librarian, and I believe that I will be quite good at the job. I would like to have have gone to a full-time, campus-based program, but that simply isn't possible. This is the option that is available to me.Despite having chosen the 'fastest, cheapest' alternative, I work quite hard at my studies. I've also try to bolster my education where I can: by taking on extra-curricular projects at Houston-area libraries, by reading up on dataabses and libarry technologies, and by installing a running copy an ILS on my home computer. My choice of school reflects circumstance, not drive or intellect.Furthermore, I've spoken with numerous librarians, all of them very successful (directors and assistant directors of large academic libraries), very competent, and very bright. Whenever the subject of library school has come up, it has elicited a laugh, a shrug, and a deprecating comment. Everyone agrees that it has value, just not much. Most of what you learn is done on-the-job. Why else do you think recently-minted grads are having so much trouble finding work? It doesn't much matter where you go, but what you do with your time.By the way, I have a subject MA and speak a second language, as well. How about you?Sorry I'm logged on as anonymous.Barry Barancik

I'm not sure how this one program compares to others price wise but try the University of North Texas - www.unt.eduhttp://www.unt.edu/slis/


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