"Fast track" would be full-time status. The time-to-degree for most full-time Ph.D. programs is 5 years. That includes 2 years of course work, and allows 3 years for the dissertation. It is possible to write the dissertation in less time, but not much less than 2 years. Depending on the research topic, it can take more. The degree generally has to be finished within 10 years, and many of us just made it. 
The Ph.D. is a research degree. It prepares you to do research in the field. There are a very few tenure-track positions that do not require research; I believe that Maryland has "clinical faculty" whose primary responsibility is to teach. I don't know if there are any others. 
If you have little interest in research, and primarily are interested in teaching, then a Ph.D. is not only not necessary, it will not be what you are looking for. Teaching as an adjunct or, better, as a permanent instructor would be the way to go. It seems to me that the online programs in particular hire permanent instructors. It's a non-tenure track position, so does not require research.
Suzanne M. Stauffer, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
School of Library and Information Science
Louisiana State University
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From: Discussion List for issues related to cataloging & metadata education & training on behalf of Christine Schwartz
Sent: Mon 11/30/2009 8:33 AM
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Subject: Re: [eduCAT] LIS Phd online?

Thank you for this information, Judy and Philip. I will take a close look at
both the SJSU SLIS and School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt
University programs. I have to say, since I'm turning 51 next month, 7 years
part-time sounds too long! I'd have to fast track it somehow.

I guess the other option would be teaching cataloging and metadata as an
adjunct which I suppose could be done with just the MLIS. I been writing the
Cataloging Futures blog for almost three years which is educational (I
hope), but would like the sharing, problem-solving, and interaction that
would be part of teaching students.


Christine Schwartz
Metadata Librarian
Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries
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On Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 5:03 AM, Hider, Philip <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> The School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia
> also has one. It's been running for over a decade; we currently have 20 or
> so part-time online/distance PhD students. The part-time program is
> generally completed in around five years, but rates of progress vary. Most
> students attend at least two or three residential schools over their
> candidature, but we're more flexible when it comes to offshore students
> (through the use of videoconferencing technologies, etc.). We have, I guess,
> medium strength in cataloging/metadata, with three faculty members
> researching and supervising in the area.
> Assoc Prof Philip Hider
> Head, School of Information Studies
> Charles Sturt University
> Tel. 02 6933 2522  (International: +612 6933 2522)
> Fax. 02 6933 2733  (International: +612 6933 2733)
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