To PhD or not to PhD?

I’ve been pondering a PhD for a while.  Now that I’m working for an academic institution, I’ve been thinking about this more frequently, and am still on the fence.

On the one hand, having a PhD would give me the credentials to play with the faculty on more even terms, and allow me to teach. And there’s the cachet of having the degree.

On the other hand, it’s a lot of work. And, frankly, it’s not all that necessary for a librarian, even in an academic setting.

The other issue is that there are no online PhD programs.  Why?? There are doctoral degrees available online, but none in Library and Information Science. There are no doctoral programs in Library and Information Science here in Minnesota; the closest program is in Madison.  The Madison program is not online, and implies that part-time folks are not all that wanted. UW-Milwaukee mentions the possibility of an online PhD program, but gives no hint as to when this might happen.

When I was looking into a master’s program, thank goodness there were a number of online options.  Why are there none for a doctoral degree?

So, still pondering.



Filed under Libraries and Librarianship, Me and mine

2 responses to “To PhD or not to PhD?

  1. Ninotchka

    Have you considered an EdD? I’m not sure if there are online options, but there is a program through SMU in Rochester.

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