University of South Carolina

A faster way to a new career

By Megan Sexton,, 803-777-1421

Want a guarantee that you can earn your master of library and information science within 18 months, with all of the courses available online?

That’s what the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science is offering with its new Fast Track MLIS, which will make it possible for students to become professionals in the field faster without compromising quality, said Samantha Hastings, SLIS director in USC’s College of Mass Communications and Information Studies.

The degree still will require 12 three-hour courses, but USC will guarantee that the required courses will be available within the 18 months. The courses will all be taught online by tenure-track professors, with field mentors around the country who can provide guidance and serve as “course buddies.”

“The need for information professionals is increasing across the country and in South Carolina. There are an increasing number of jobs in the information sector but a decrease in the number of qualified job applicants,” Hastings said. “This will help us meet the needs in three areas that are critical.”

Those focus areas are cultural heritage institutions, including museums and archives, information services and library services for children and youth. The classes will begin this summer and fall, with the graduate school online application due March 15. Hastings said she expects most of the students to be professionals who already are working in the field.

“Students are always welcome on our campus and we hope that they will visit us sometime,” Hastings said. “We expect graduates will use their MLIS degree to change the world, providing access to information for everyone.”

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Posted: 02/15/13 @ 3:00 PM | Updated: 02/15/13 @ 3:26 PM | Permalink