the future of libraries in the digital age
Your Name and Title: Kristin Anne Carr, Librarian
Library, School, or Organization Name: Drug Enforcement Administration Library and Information Center
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: United States - Washington DC
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Current and former online MLIS/MLS students; anyone considering an online degree
Short Session Description (one line): Online degrees are an increasingly popular option, but they're not right for everyone; come hear the pros and cons from an MLIS grad with firsthand experience.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like): An ever-increasing number of students are electing to complete either part or all of their degrees online at both the undergrad and graduate levels. Online/distance education can be extremely convenient and beneficial, but it also poses special challenges that are not present in a traditional classroom. Having earned my BA and JD in an on-campus setting, I opted to pursue an MLIS online through the University of Pittsburgh. I'll discuss the transition from a brick-and-mortar learning environment to an entirely virtual one and present the benefits and drawbacks of earning an online library degree.