The Catholic University of America

Online & Weekend Learning Program (OWL)

In Fall 2011, LIS launched an Online & Weekend Learning Program (OWL) for both the Generalist and the School Library Media courses of study for the Master of Science in Library Science program. OWL combines synchronous and asynchronous online instruction with monthly Saturday face-to-face classes (4 or 5 times a semester). Two courses are held each semester, including summer. Saturday meetings will be scheduled so that students will only have to make one trip a month to campus. For the rest of the time, classes make use of Adobe Connect for synchronous learning and Blackboard for asynchronous learning. Students study as a cohort that advances together through program taking the same classes together each term. If a Generalist OWL student wishes to take a non-OWL class, they may do so in consultation with their advisor.

OWL is designed to meet the needs of working students and those who live far from Catholic University Campus. Among its advantages:

  • Convenience: Students with busy schedules can participate in classes from their own home or workplace.
  • Flexibility: Combination of three formats of course delivery provides students the flexibility they need.
  • Community of learners: Studying as a cohort helps students develop strong professional relations with fellow classmates.
  • Ease of Scheduling: Saturday meetings and online learning make it easier for students with professional and family obligations.

Course sequence

The OWL curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills that are valuable to any information intensive environments, including academic, corporate, public, special libraries and other information centers. Please refer to the current two year course plan for course options.


Fall 2014 OWL dates:
September 6, October 4, November 1 & December 6

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