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ILS Certificate Program

Contact Information:

Jodi Williams, Assistant Professor & Coordinator
Telephone (Local): (207) 621-3341
1-877-UMA-1234, x3341
Fax: (207) 621-3311


The Library and Information Services Certificate Program provides course work that offers the practical skills for entry-level employment as support staff in information centers and libraries (academic, special, school, and public) working for professional librarians. This certificate program also offers persons with previously earned college-level courses the knowledge to work as a paraprofessional in a library/information center. Students are encouraged to contact the coordinator for additional information.

Certificate in Library and Information Services Curriculum*:

ILS 100 – Introduction to Libraries and Library Information Careers (3 credits)
ILS 101 – Foundations of Information & Library Science (3 credits)
ILS 109 – Information Literacy (1 credit)
ILS 150 – Introduction to Reference Services & Materials (3 credits)
ILS 175 – Cataloging Technical Processes (3 credits)
ILS 225 – Introduction to Library Information Technology (3 credits)
ILS 250 – Collection Development (3 credits)
ILS 200 level Elective: Choose 1 of the following (3 credits):

ILS 201 Library Services for Teens
ILS 202 Library Materials and Services for Children
ILS 203 Survey of Health Sciences Resources
ILS 204 Survey of Business Resources
ILS 205 Readers’ Advisory
Total Credit Hours: 22 credit hours.
*Pending for Fall 2013

Course delivery:

ILS courses are taught asynchronously via the Internet, some streamed video instruction, and computer conferencing technologies are used. Contact between faculty and students is maintained via e-mail, phone, discussion in the course management system and other technologies as parties are able to participate (skype, chatting, etc.). While all courses (both program and general education) are available through UMA to students who can not come to campus, if a student has the option, non-library courses can be completed through UMA or at regionally accredited colleges and universities of the students’ choice or. Any outside courses to be taken for the general education requirements must be approved by your UMA adviser BEFORE being taken.

This distance education option includes national and international delivery. Computer use, e-mail skills, and access to Internet(high speed preferred) are required to be successful in the program. Please see the ILS department policy page for more information and necessary access to technology to support student success.


See UMA’s Tuition and Fees page for current tuition costs.

Application and Registration:

Students may apply and register by contacting the UMA Office of Admissions,

For more information please see our ILS Program “Steps through the Admissions Process” Guide.