Students can complete the MLIS degree by taking face-to-face classes or distance classes.
SLIS currently offers courses in four formats. Students may take courses in any combination of formats. For example, a student in New Orleans may take some classes face-to-face in Baton Rouge, some classes at a compressed video site in New Orleans, and some classes online. Most students take courses in a combination of formats.
- Face-to-Face –- students attend classes in Baton Rouge
- Online Synchronous–the entire class is online but there are scheduled meeting times using Adobe Connect. The Adobe Connect software is available free for LSU students.
- Online Asynchronous–the entire class is online and there are no scheduled meeting times.
- Compressed Video – students attend class in Baton Rouge and in other classrooms around the state. We currently offer very few courses in this format.
A schedule of courses and the format in which they will taught is available at Course Schedules.
Students in the Archives Specialization must take a few classes on the LSU campus. The Archival Education Collaborative uses compressed video to share its courses. Students on the LSU campus are able to see and hear the instructor and students at other sites.
Information Management Specialization:
Students in the Information Management Specialization must take a few classes on the LSU campus.
Students in the Library Specialization may complete all degree requirements without taking any classes on the LSU campus.
Students are expected to have necessary hardware, software and basic computer competencies. These are described at: SLIS Technology Requirements.