Heather Johnson wanted to go back to school for a master’s degree in library studies, but she couldn’t do it the traditional way. She had two young children, lived on a farm, and worked part-time, so sitting in a classroom at scheduled times was not an option.
Johnson found the flexibility she needed in the Online Master’s in Library & Information Studies, offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Johnson could do most of the work when it fit her own schedule.
“The time that worked for me was at night when everybody was sleeping,” Johnson says. “I didn’t have to drive anywhere and didn’t have to schedule weekends around it. I just had to make sure people didn’t wake up in the middle of the night too often.”
UW-Madison’s Online Master’s in Library & Information Studies doesn’t sacrifice quality for convenience. It’s accredited by the American Library Association, preparing students to use cutting-edge technology for information access. Job placement rates for graduates are high in national comparative statistics, thanks to the strong academic program and dedicated advising staff.
Johnson appreciated her instructors’ personal attention, even from a distance.
“The professors made an effort to reach out to the students to connect with them before the classes started,” she says. “They always were so inviting and open to questions and comments. Sometimes when it’s the middle of the night and you’re working on a project, it’s nice that you can send out an email and get a response back from your professor in a timely manner. That lets you know, ‘Hey, you’re maybe miles away, but you’re not alone, I’m here to help you.’”
For more information on the Online Master’s in Library & Information Studies, see here.