[Asis-l] Online MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh

FastTrack MLIS at UPitt ftinfo at mail.sis.pitt.edu
Thu Oct 21 17:24:38 EDT 2004

BlankWe are pleased to announce openings in the fifth cohort of the
University of Pittsburgh's Online MLIS Program, outlined below.  Currently,
18 states are represented in this distance education program.  Applications
for the next cohort are due by February 14, 2005 and classes begin on May 9,

We would appreciate your assistance in recommending prospective applicants
to this program through your personal or professional networks. You may
refer students directly to our Web site: http://fasttrack.sis.pitt.edu or
they may contact us at our toll-free number: 1-800-672-9435, or via email at
ftinfo at mail.sis.pitt.edu

In addition, we will be holding three virtual open houses, which will offer
a forum for prospective students to ask questions about the FastTrack MLIS
program without leaving their homes.  Please see below for details.

Thank you for your help in promoting this educational opportunity for
students who could benefit from the MLIS degree, but who are unable to
attend a residential program.


The University of Pittsburgh's FastTrack MLIS Program (FT/MLIS) is designed
for adult students who cannot attend the on-campus program in Pittsburgh.
The ALA-accredited degree program is Web-based, and the courses are taught
by faculty from the on-campus program. The 1999 U.S. News and World Report
ranked the University of Pittsburgh's MLIS program third in the country.

FastTrack students are admitted once a year (starting their classes in the
summer term) as part of a cohort of peers that move through the program
together. The advantage of organizing student cohorts is that students can
draw upon their peers as well as their instructors for support throughout
the program. Peer interactions play an important part of the on-campus
learning experience, and this interaction plays an important instructional
role in the FT/MLIS Program as well.

The FT/MLIS Program is delivered to students using at least four methods of
instruction: Web-based asynchronous course delivery, CD-ROM delivery of
course-and program-related materials, synchronized, real-time conferencing
for interactive sessions between instructor and students and among students,
and an on-campus learning experience each term the student is registered for
classes. Asynchronous course delivery via the World Wide Web using
Blackboard's CourseWeb is the primary method of delivering instruction in
the FastTrack MLIS Program.

FT/MLIS students complete two courses each term for six consecutive terms,
completing their degree in two years. During the first summer term,
FastTrack students are required to come to Pittsburgh for five days in July
to complete course requirements, receive hands-on computer training and
become acquainted with each other, the School's faculty and staff and
FastTrack students from another cohort. In each of the subsequent five
terms, FastTrack students are required to come to campus for a weekend.

The FT/MLIS program offers three tracks. The first track is for individuals
seeking a career in school librarianship as a certified school library media
specialist. The second track is for those pursuing a career in medical
librarianship/medical informatics. And the third track is a more general
approach to library and information science, designed primarily for
individuals who want to pursue careers in public, academic or special

Applications are currently being accepted for the next group of online
student learners for the University of Pittsburgh's FastTrack MLIS Program.
Applications for the next cohort are due by February 14, 2005. (Classes
begin on May 9, 2005.)

For more information about the program, please visit our website at

Additionally, we will be holding three virtual open houses, which will offer
a forum for prospective students to ask questions about the FastTrack MLIS
program without leaving their homes.  The dates for the virtual open houses

    -Wednesday, November 3rd, 12-1 PM EST
    -Thursday, November 4th, 9-10 PM EST
    -Sunday, November 7th, 5-6 PM EST

If you are interested in participating in the virtual open house, please
RSVP via email and indicate your date preference to ftinfo at mail.sis.pitt.edu
Further instructions will then be emailed to you.

If you should have any further questions and/or would like to receive an
information packet, please call 1-800-672-9435 or e-mail
ftinfo at mail.sis.pitt.edu.
**Attending the ALA Mid-Winter Conference in Boston? Stop by the University
of Pittsburgh’s Booth (#1100) and have your questions answered there!**

Emily L. Forwood, Graduate Student Assistant
FastTrack MLIS Program
University of Pittsburgh
School of Information Sciences
645 IS Building
Pittsburgh, PA  15260

Phone:   412-624-9447
Fax:     412-648-7001
Email:   ftinfo at mail.sis.pitt.edu
URL:     http://fasttrack.sis.pitt.edu

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