QUT LIS students

Open letter of support for QUT LIS students: Friday 17 March 2017

Dear QUT LIS Students

We have received some concerning enquiries from QUT Master of Information Science (Library and Information Practice) and EARLY EXIT Graduate Diploma of Information Science (Library and Information Practice) students regarding your study options, after an announcement this week about the future of your course. ALIA has not been officially informed by the faculty of the situation facing students, but we are working with the profession to support you.

You deserve to receive all the support and information you require to make decisions about your learning future. You have a range of options available to you and we strongly urge you to contact us by phone 02 6215 8222 (business hours) at education@alia.org.au or to talk to course coordinators from other ALIA accredited institutions as soon as possible next week. (If you would like talk to someone over the weekend, call me on 0488 448 222 or email judy.brooker@alia.org.au).

Please see our list of accredited courses on the ALIA website for course coordinator contact details. Different institutions can offer different solutions so please feel free to contact more than one coordinator.

Options that may be available to you at other institutions include:

  • Discretion to enrol in another Institution’s LIS course for this current session/semester until next week 24 March 2017.
  • Cross institutional and/or Single Subject study into subjects if you are nearing the end of your degree (or before). This means you would be able to complete your degree at QUT but do subjects with another institution. (this would of course depend on cooperation from QUT).
  • Obtaining credit for your past QUT units/ subjects and completing your course at another institution with full credit, beyond the normal 50% limit.

You do not need to be a Student Member of ALIA to seek this advice as we regard this situation to be exceptional and we are sure that our Members would support us in offering this assistance to all LIS QUT students.

Be assured that ALIA supports you. Please pass this letter on to your fellow students and colleagues.  We will keep you and the LIS community informed as this situation progresses.

Yours sincerely

Judy Brooker AALIA(CP) | Director of Learning

 

Updated information Saturday 18 March 2017 

We have been contacted by a number of QUT students and one of your questions concerns ALIA accreditation.

As mentioned in our letter, we have not had any formal notification about the closure of the course. QUT IN22 is due for ALIA reaccreditation this year. We have not received an invitation from QUT to start the reaccreditation process nor have we had an offer from QUT to provide teaching out plans for students. Therefore, we cannot provide assurance that the course will continue to hold ALIA accreditation beyond 2017.

 

Updated information Wednesday 22 March 2017

 

ALIA has been officially informed by the Executive Dean, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology that “...QUT has decided to discontinue the Master of Information Science from July 2017 ... the course will remain supported whilst students remain enrolled to ensure that the student experience remains of the highest quality ...(and that QUT) have every intention of supporting them to graduation, and to maintaining ALIA accreditation”.
With this commitment we can now begin working with QUT to negotiate satisfactory ongoing accreditation requirements.