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Ohio University and Kent State University to offer master's in library and information science

KENT, Ohio (Feb. 1, 2007) -- Kent State University and Ohio University have teamed up to offer students the opportunity to pursue graduate study in library and information science beginning fall 2007 at the Ohio University campus in Athens, Ohio. 

An information session on the 12-12-12 Distance Learning Program will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, in the Alden Library Learning Commons Rollins Room. Greg Byerly, professor in the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, will answer questions and assist students interested in registering for this degree program.

A new, two year cycle of the 12-12-12 Distance Learning Program for graduate students interested in earning a master's in library and information science degree (MLIS) will begin next fall at the Ohio University campus by interactive video and  web-based courses. Students in remote sites view the instructor on video screens or monitors, but all students can participate in class discussions. This video technology replicates a traditional classroom by allowing full interactivity and face-to-face communication. Students are able to complete the degree program in three years with course requirements of 12 hours each year.

"We're delighted to work with Kent State to bring this educational opportunity to Southeastern Ohio," University Libraries Dean Julia Zimmerman said. "There are many talented individuals in Athens and the surrounding areas who seek a high-quality education in librarianship and information-related professions.  This is very, very good news for those people and for the organizations, like our libraries, who need well-trained professionals."

Kent State School of Library and Information Science 12-12-12 Distance Learning Program is designed to provide a well-balanced degree program leading to an MLIS degree for students who might otherwise not be able to complete a degree by attending classes on the Kent or Columbus campuses. 

Regular admission is generally granted to applicants who have an undergraduate degree, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or another master's degree with a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. After formal admission to Kent State University is granted, students may apply for enrollment in the 12-12-12 classes. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

"It is crucial we collaborate across institutions in order to provide educational opportunities to as many students as possible," said Richard Rubin, director, Kent State University School of Library and Information Science. "Ohio University offers an outstanding facility and students. Coupled with Kent State's MLIS program, interested students can pursue degrees in the very marketable areas of library and information science."

The Kent State School of Library and Information Science is the only graduate program in Ohio that offers an MLIS degree accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). The school is one of the largest library schools in the country with over 650 students enrolled. 

For further information on the MLIS Distance Degree Program and the School of Library and Information Science, visit the program Web site at www.slis.kent.edu or contact Mary Paschen, mpaschen@slis.kent.edu, (330) 672-5842 or (330) 672 2782, or by mail at Kent State University, 314 Library, Kent School of Library & Information Science, Kent, OH 44242-0001.

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Media Contact: Kent State School of Library and Information Science Public Relations Coordinator  Ruth Smith, 330-672-0003 or rsmith9@kent.edu

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