| ASIS&T 2006
||START Conference Manager
Long-term outcomes of web-based distance learning programs in LIS
Michelle M. Kazmer (Florida State; firstname.lastname@example.org); Bruce Kingma (Syracuse); June Lester (Oklahoma); Linda C. Smith (Illinois)
ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006
Beginning in 1996 and continuing today, an increasing number of students have taken advantage of online web-based distance learning programs to earn a master's degree in library and information science (LIS). To date, there has not been research to determine whether graduates of online programs have successful careers (are they finding jobs, staying in the field, are their careers advancing?) or if they are contributing to the LIS profession by active membership in professional organizations, publishing articles in professional journals, or Web-based professional communication (e.g., via listservs, online communities, blogs, and/or wikis). If graduates of online programs are not having careers as successful as those of graduates of on-campus programs, and/or if graduates of online programs are not contributing to the LIS profession as actively as graduates of on-campus programs, then schools of LIS need to consider how to adjust their online education programs to improve the success of their graduates and thereby help maintain the health of the LIS profession.