Fall 2020 SLIS Courses to be Online

A message from Associate Director of SLIS, Prof. Lindsay K. Mattock: "All SLIS courses will be held online during the Fall 2020 semester. While the University is developing a plan to resume face-to-face instruction, after careful consideration of the guidance developed by UIowa's Critical Incident Management Team, we have determined that it is in the best interest of our students, faculty, and staff to continue to offer our courses online. In addition to the increasing number of cases in Johnson County where UIowa is located, the University and the CDC's social distancing guidelines state that our classrooms are not large enough to accommodate all of our students enrolled in on-campus sections. The size of our offices and public spaces are also not sufficient to safely allow face-to-face meetings. Given these limitations, students will not have access to the Gunther Commons, the kitchen, and the faculty hallway this semester. Without the ability to monitor and safely sanitize these spaces between uses, we have decided to close these common areas. The Main Library will remain open and accessible to students starting August 17th; however, access to the building will be limited to those with a valid University ID card.

"We encourage all students to review the information on the Keep Learning at Iowa site developed by the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology. The Prepare for Online Learning section includes recommendations for the technology you will need to participate in distance courses and a list of software available to students working remotely. If you have concerns about your ability to participate in online courses this fall, please contact us as soon as possible at slis@uiowa.edu. We will do our best to ensure that everyone can succeed this semester as we adapt to these unprecedented circumstances. "We appreciate your continued support and patience as we modify our course delivery and departmental procedures in response to the evolving conditions surrounding the pandemic. The SLIS faculty and staff are committed to using all of the tools, resources, and technology that we have at hand to deliver our courses, support our students, and build a community at SLIS. We will continue to review the University's guidance as we plan for the Spring semester and prioritize the health and safety of our community. Please continue to watch your University email for updates as we approach the Fall semester and visit our website for updates. We look forward to seeing all of you in our virtual classrooms in August."