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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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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).
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 Blackboard, a course management system contracted with UK. All students with a LinkBlue ID and password can login to Blackboard using those credentials. Note: UK will be transitioning to Canvas for its course management system in Spring 2016. You will still use your linkblue to access Canvas courses.
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.
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.
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/st
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK; also has an online chat service at their website: https://suicidepreventionlifel
Crisis Textline: Text “go” to 741-741
Therapist Finder: locate mental health providers in a person’s area; https://therapists.psychologyt
Useful apps for self-care:
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.