Dissolution of Cooperative Agreements with UNO and MSU

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Statement on Dissolution of Cooperative Agreements between SISLT and the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Missouri State University

The School of Information Science & Learning Technologies announces that the Cooperative Agreements between the University of Missouri School of Information Science & Learning Technologies and the University of Nebraska-Omaha will be dissolved as of August 1, 2016. The Cooperative Agreement between the LIS program and Missouri State University will be dissolved as of May 31, 2016.

These Cooperative Agreements were originally initiated over 10 years ago to allow students pursuing school library media certification at MSU and UNO to attend classes at those locations as part of the LIS degree program at MU.

Under the MOUs, students were given MU class credit for classes that were offered as part of our partner institutions’ curriculum.  The Cooperative Agreement with Missouri State University’s Meyer Library covered four core classes (ISLT 7301, ISLT 7312, ISLT 7313, and ISLT 7314). The Cooperative Agreement with University of Omaha-Nebraska covered four core classes (ISLT 7312, ISLT 7313, ISLT 7314, and ISLT 7315).

The dissolution of the Agreements allows SISLT to more closely focus on the content and design of courses accepted for the accredited LIS master’s degree. Over the next two years, the LIS program will be expanding our curriculum to include coursework in archives, research data management, and e-learning librarianship.

I am a student in Springfield. How will this affect me?

  • If you have already taken ISLT 7301, ISLT 7312, ISLT 7313, and ISLT 7314, this will not affect you. These courses will be applied to your degree program regardless of whether you took the course from an MU instructor or from an MSU instructor.
  • If you have not taken one of those courses, you will need to take that course through MU.
  • If you have already taken courses under the MSU course number, you need to work with your advisor to determine if you can transfer those courses to your MU degree program. You can usually transfer up to 6 credit hours of graduate school courses with your faculty advisor’s permission.
  • The MU versions of the courses will be online with some synchronous (real-time) content. If there is a critical mass of students in the Springfield area, the LIS program will consider hiring an adjunct to teach some classes in a face-to-face model.

I am a student in Nebraska/Iowa. How will this affect me?

  • If you have already taken ISLT 7312, ISLT 7313, ISLT 7314, and ISLT 7315, this will not affect you. These courses will be applied to your degree program regardless of whether you took the course from an MU instructor or from a UNO instructor.
  • If you have not taken one of those courses, you will need to take that course through MU.
  • If you have already taken courses under the UNO course number, you need to work with your advisor to determine if you can transfer those courses to your MU degree program. You can usually transfer up to 6 credit hours of graduate school courses with your faculty advisor’s permission.
  • The MU versions of the courses will be online with some synchronous (real-time) content. If there is a critical mass of students in the Omaha area, the LIS program will consider hiring an adjunct to teach some classes in a face-to-face model.

What is SISLT doing to meet the needs of students in Springfield and Nebraska?

  • SISLT has hired a site coordinator to work in Omaha to coordinate the needs of our students. The site coordinator for Omaha is Laura England-Biggs (englandle@missouri.edu).
  • SISLT is hiring a site coordinator to work in Springfield to coordinate the needs of our students.
  • SISLT will make arrangements for classroom facilities with locations in Springfield and Omaha when necessary.
  • SISLT faculty will travel once per semester to all non-Columbia sites (Kansas City, Omaha, St. Louis, and Springfield) for orientation, advising, and networking.

For questions, please contact LIS Program Chair Denice Adkins (adkinsde@missouri.edu).