Free Your Mind and Your 299 Will Follow: Demystifying the Thesis Option


You’ve made good progress at SLIS-that is, until you realize that you are heading toward the inevitable fork in the road: the e-portfolio or the thesis. As you approach the fork, a bespectacled person wearing tweeds cautions “WRONG WAY! TURN BACK!” and waves you toward the e-portfolio. What should you do? Take the e-portfolio path of least resistance? Or ignore the danger signs, thumb your nose at the tweed-clad nabob of negativity, and take the road less traveled? This presentation demystifies the thesis option. It will examine some of the real and perceived obstacles to pursuing a thesis, outline the process, recommend strategies for plotting a successful trajectory, and suggest how you might use your thesis to boost your career.