Distance Education Courses And Ala Directiory .
Q: I'm doing research project about distance education in library and information science. I've found that American Library Association has directiory of libary schools, which has distance courses but there is some incompatibility. For example School of Communication Information and Library Science, rutgers university has distance education (www.scils.rutgers.edu/programs/de.jsp) but isn't mentioned in ALA directory (http://www.ala.org/alaorg/oa/disted.html) Does anybody can explain this incompatibility?
A: Every directory is out of date on the day it is published. For instance, research for the 15th edition of Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning is nearly done. The book goes to the publisher in September, and it will be in bookstores and libraries next January -- which means the research is already 5 or 6 months old. And most publishers are even slower. And this is a field that changes very fast -- in both directions: new programs are introduced, and older ones are canceled. Incidentally, from my feedback, one of the most popular distance programs in the library science world is the one at the University of Wales, open to students worldwide.
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