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Online Master’s in Library & Information Studies is ‘easy to fit into life’

Sasha Snyder always wanted to be an academic librarian, but her family persuaded her to seek a job in the medical field. Finally, in her early 30s, she decided to pursue her first love.

At this point in her life, however, Snyder had adult work and family responsibilities and needed a flexible degree program. She found it in the Online Master’s in Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“The program is easy to fit into life,” Snyder says. “It can be as intense or relaxed as you need it to be.”

Sasha Snyder: 'I'm very prepared for whatever work throws at me.'
Sasha Snyder: ‘I’m very prepared for whatever work throws at me.’

The Online Master’s in Library & Information Studies prepares students for information work in library, nonprofit, and business settings. The program includes a one-week residency at the beginning of the first year, allowing students to meet with faculty, staff, and members of their cohort. It also includes a practicum—which can be completed close to home—that gives students experience in a real-world setting.

On the cutting edge

Snyder appreciates the chance to learn from professors at UW-Madison’s top-ranked School of Library & Information Studies. She finds them helpful, patient, kind, and—a real plus in an online program—quick to respond to emails.

“They really mentor and encourage,” she says. “They are supportive of me as a student and peer, and I feel that this will continue even after I graduate.”

Snyder also likes the fact that her instructors are on the cutting edge.

“They are current and informed in what they are teaching; everything is very relevant,” she says. “The program expects us to stay on top of current trends and information in the field, which has been helpful at work and at my practicum. I’m very prepared for whatever work throws at me.”

For more information about the Online Master’s in Library & Information Studies, see here.