Prospective Students

If you take classes online, you will pay the resident tuition rate (regardless of where you live). Tuition rates can be found here.

No. UK SIS accepts students from all over the place! Almost every course is offered online. The Student Bulletin explains how students can complete their degree completely online. Please note that the degree can only be completed fully online or with a mix of online and face-to-face classes: there is no fully face-to-face option. Face-to-face classes may not be available each semester.

It's important to know whether or not your learning style is suited for an online degree program. We recommend taking this Self-Assessment for Distance Learners to help you determine your best option.

If you're applying for a fellowship, your three letters of recommendation must come from faculty members. If you are not applying for a fellowship, your letters can include faculty members, current employers, or former employers.

No. The recommendation can include the form, a letter, or both, at the writer's discretion.

The American Library Association accredits Library Science programs in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. For a full list of ALA-accredited institutions, consult their directory.

See our page on Funding Your Education. If you have other questions regarding other types of financial aid, such as loan requirements or FAFSA deadlines, contact the University of Kentucky Office of Student Financial Aid.

UK HR has extensive job listings from all over the University.

Zoom is a video conferencing software. With a webcam, headphones and a mic, you can participate in conferences, classes and meetings virtually. For basic information on how to use it, see the UK ITS Zoom support page.

Skype is software that allows users to make voice and video calls to one another. Consult their website for details on how to use it, how to sign up, etc.

Please email Student Affairs with further questions. Or better yet, sign up for an online information session to speak with us directly!

You can have more information e-mailed to you by filling out this form.

For detailed instructions on applying to UK Graduate School and the Library & Information Science program, see our How To Apply page.

Current Students

Start dates depend on the year and semester in question. The Office of the Registrar maintains a page listing the Academic Calendar for the current and upcoming academic year.

Students may complete the degree online or with a mix of online and some face-to-face classes: the degree may be completed fully online. Face-to-face classes may not be available each semester, so it is important to check the schedules for each semester when planning your registration.

The school listserv is where we send out program updates, portfolio and graduation info, and much more, so students really should subscribe to the listserv. We also get job posts on the SIS email listserv all the time, and there's no shortage of internship and practicum possibilities.
If you aren't already subscribed to the listserv, here is how: Send a one-time email to UK's listserv administrator at: listserv@lsv.uky.edu. Be sure to send it from the email address where you want to receive/ post messages to the school's list. Leave the subject line blank.
On a single line in the body type the following: "SUBSCRIBE SLIS Firstname Lastname"  (where you would enter you first and last name, of course). You should then receive an email verifying that you have been added.
Want to unsubscribe? Same process, only type "SIGNOFF SLIS" in the body without anything after it.

Current textbook information can be found on the UK Bookstore website (note: students are not required to purchase texts from the bookstore). Required texts are also noted in the syllabus for each course. Books can be purchased at one of many bookstores on or around campus, or online.

To find out about libraries in your area, consult WorldCat’s Library Locator page. Finding out what types of libraries are in your vicinity will help you get started. Depending on what type of library you wish to work in (types are listed in the results), you may want to contact directors or volunteer coordinators to find out about how you can get involved on your own or via a Practicum (LIS 672)  or Independent Study (LIS 695) course.

All students admitted after Fall 2011 must complete a portfolio. See our Exit Requirements page for more details.

Occasionally a student may need to take time off from their studies for personal reasons (medical, etc.). If this is the case for you, you will need to request a leave of absence for the semester you need to sit out. Please contact Student Affairs if this is something you are seeking to do as we will need to assist you with gaining approval from the UK Graduate School to do so. You should also notify your adviser. Students who miss one or more semesters without a leave of absence must apply for re-admission, so please contact us as soon as possible if you believe you may need to request a leave of absence.

 

The academic concentration areas here (with the exception of the School Librarian Program) are suggested courses to take based on your area of interest and are not specialized degree programs themselves, although we encourage students to pursue additional certification(s) in their field of interest should they find it beneficial to do so. The degree you will receive is the Master's of Science in Library Science (MSLS).

You must apply for federal student aid for every school year that you attend (info from FAFSA.gov).  Financial aid's contact info as well as information about FAFSA at UK is available here. If you have specific questions, you should definitely contact them directly and as early on as possible.

For tuition and account inquiries, you'll need to speak to Student Account Services (contact info at link) for the university. You will first want to set up a myPasscode in myUK (Student Services-->myInfo) to obtain permission for them to release/discuss your financial info via email or phone. They should be able to assist you with tuition payment. We don't handle any financial information at the academic department level.

Link Blue refers to the basic login information you will use to access campus-wide systems. You will use your Link Blue information to login to myUK, where you will register for classes, view your grades and financial information, and access other student services. You should have received your Link Blue (User ID) information from the Graduate School. If not, please allow 7-10 working days from your admission date. Oftentimes because your admissions letter is electronic, students find it has gone into their spam folder by mistake. You can access it through ApplyYourself if you don't see it in your email inbox.

If you need help activating any of your UK accounts, check out UK's Help Wiki. If you are still unable to access your account, contact the IT department at 859-218-4357 or by visiting UK ITS. They provide technology services and support for the university and can help you with determining the a password or resetting yours if needed.  Please let us know if you need assistance in the meantime with classes/course registration.

Upon admission into the LIS program, you received a welcome email which includes your advisor and his or her contact information.

Registration takes place on myUK under Student Services >> Registration. To look up courses, click on the appropriate semester and enter the course number (ie, LIS 603). To view all courses offered by SIS for the semester you're registering for, simply search for LIS.

Distance Learning

The School of Information Science offers online courses allowing students to complete the degree completely online with no required travel to Lexington.  A limited number of face-to-face courses are available for Fayette County-based students.

Online courses are 100% online; they may have optional synchronous activities, or participation in sessions that require webcams, microphones, or other hardware. Courses are conducted through Canvas, a course management system contracted with UK. All students with a LinkBlue ID and password can login to Blackboard using those credentials.

The School supports part-time studies in a variety of ways; in addition to the availability of online courses, many face to face courses are scheduled in late afternoon or evening, providing better access to the School’s degree programs. Please note that the degree may be earned through online only or a mix of online and select face-to-face classes: there is no fully face-to-face option.

Distance learning at UK began when the program began offering courses on the campuses of Northern Kentucky University and the University of Louisville. Since then, distance learning has evolved to online learning, allowing more students the opportunity to attend the University of Kentucky School of Information Science.

Questions may be sent to Student Affairs.

No. There are a number of face-to-face campus classes offered (primarily core course). However, the majority of course offerings are available online and students should expect to take online courses to complete their degree.

 

You can use the Self-Assessment for Distance Learners to gage where you fall in terms of being comfortable taking classes online (link goes off-site). If you have specific questions about degree completion and requirements or when to take a class, it's always good to meet with your adviser or contact Student Affairs for guidance.

No. Since some courses are offered on a rotating schedule,  students need to pay particular attention to the timing of the courses they need and their related prerequisites.

While we will try to make as much information available as we can by postings on our web site, it is always the responsibility of the student to explore the requirements of all classes they register for. Information about the requirements of individual courses are usually available on the course's syllabus. Further questions should be referred to your instructor.

Students who are in Kentucky may have access to certain counseling services on campus if they need them, out-of-state students would not (due to issues with practicing outside state lines). Any student can call the after hours clinician on UK Counseling Center's website. They can also assist out-of-state students  in finding care in their area. There is also a helpful list of free resources for students below that UK Counseling recommends:

Counseling services listed on Distance Learning website: http://www.uky.edu/ukonline/student-services-0

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK; also has an online chat service at their website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Crisis Textline: Text “go” to 741-741

Therapist Finder: locate mental health providers in a person’s area; https://therapists.psychologytoday.com

 

Useful apps for self-care:

Headspace

Calm

Breathe2Relax

Relax Melodies

iCounselor Anxiety

Depression Check

 

If you are concerned about your physical safety or you feel you are at imminent risk of harming yourself or others, please call UK Police Department at 859-257-8573 (#8573 from a mobile phone) if you are on campus or call 911 immediately.

 

Yes- online courses have been migrated to 100% online. This may mean that you are required to have a webcam, microphone and access to high-speed internet, but you will not be required to show up for on-campus sessions.