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Information & Library Services

Here’s an outstanding program you can complete from anywhere. Providing a foundation in computer information systems, public service 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
Available online wherever you are.

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

ILS Program Pages: Who We are, What we are doing!

Prospective Students:

 Programs:

From ANYWHERE
Because ours is a web-based program, you can take our information and library services (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.

At ANYTIME
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 Services 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 Services 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:

Technical:

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

Research & Analysis:

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

Communication:

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

Organization:

Cataloging/record
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 Services 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:

Librarian*
Library Assistant
Catalog Librarian*
Bibliographer
Reference Librarian*
Archivist

Business:

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

Public Service/Education:

Dispatcher
Legislative Assistant
Legal Assistant
Lobbyist
Teacher’s Aide
Registrar
Researcher
Media Specialist*

Communications:

Proofreader
Circulation Manager
Editor
Clipping Service Owner
Information Specialist
Indexer
Information Broker

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