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Information & Library Science

Here’s an outstanding program you can complete from anywhere. Providing a foundation in computer information systems, information science, public services and library programming, reference and database searching, library technical processes, and more, you’ll be poised for success within the field of library and information services. Related opportunities abound in business, public service, education, and communications.

Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science, Associate of Science & a Certificate
Available online wherever you are.

It’s not just the education, It’s what you do with it!

Information for current students:Who we are, what we are doing, what we’re about!

Prospective Students:


Because ours is a web-based program, you can take our information and library science (ILS) courses from your home or office via the Internet and/or recorded instructions available streamed via the internet. Class discussions, homework assignments and other components of your courses are accomplished using BlackBoard, our web-based course delivery system.

Our ILS courses are offered asynchronously, which means courses typically do not require you to be logged in at a specific time and day. Whether it’s 6:00 AM Monday morning, 10:00 PM Sunday night, or any time in between, take each class when it makes the most sense to you and your schedule. Of course if students are able and interested many of our faculty will hold live sessions via google hangouts.

For FLEXIBILITY of Careers
Through our program, you will be poised for success in a wide array of fields and positions: as a library or information assistant, or for a related position in business, public service, education, and communications.

All this means you can enroll and graduate from our Information and Library Science program from anywhere in the world — and be superbly prepared to launch your career in a growing an exciting field.

Skills You’ll Acquire

Graduates of the Information & Library Science program have well-developed computer, organizational, and communication skills. These and other related skills serve our students well as they prepare for careers in libraries and other information-intensive organizations. A sampling of representative skills and abilities follow:


Using reference tools, print & online
Applying computer knowledge
Using the internet
Searching databases
Using original sources

Research & Analysis:

Developing budgets
Handling acquisitions/purchasing
Evaluating options
Assessing needs and interests


Speaking effectively to groups/individuals
Raising funds
Listening and questioning skills
Conveying ideas systematically
Writing clearly


Paying attention to detail
Categorizing data
Compiling data
Working independently
Working as a team

Careers You Can Seek

The selected list that follows offers a glimpse of the diverse career possibilities for UMA Information & Library Science majors. For some occupations listed below, additional training may be required. For what’s available in the job market where you live check out: Library Job Postings on the Internet. This can give you an idea of the types of jobs available in your geographic region.

Library Service:

Library Assistant
Catalog Librarian*
Reference Librarian*


Used Book Store Manager
Insurance Claims Clerk
Travel Agent
Hotel Concierge
Administrative Assistant
Office Manager

Public Service/Education:

Legislative Assistant
Legal Assistant
Teacher’s Aide
Media Specialist*


Circulation Manager
Clipping Service Owner
Information Specialist
Information Broker

*Baccalaureate or graduate level study is generally required for these occupations.

Students who are enrolled in an academic program which requires an internship as a part of the curriculum requirements must know that certain states do not allow students enrolled in an out-of-state university to participate in an internship within their state borders.  If you reside outside the State of Maine, or wish to do a n internship outside of Maine, please contact your faculty advisor or the UMA Advising Office to be sure that your state of domicile allows you to perform a n internship sponsored by UMA, or your program has an alternate capstone option.  The list of reciprocal states changes frequently.  It is incumbent  upon  students to understand their home state’s policies as UMA must work within the legal framework of  that states’ regulations.

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