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

UMA’s Information and Library Science program offers students around the world a unique opportunity to study information and library science at the undergraduate level. Students in our program are grounded in the important philosophies and day to day practices of libraries and information agencies.

ILS Program Coordinator Jodi Williams chats with ILS online students

Faculty Engagement

The ILS faculty develop libraries in remote areas of India, run outstanding YA programs in local libraries, conduct research on elearning and eteaching. We are also artists, archivists, college librarians, part-time farmers, gardeners… and ALWAYS learning!

Most importantly, the ILS Faculty have a grounded, and practical hands-on approach to teaching and learning. We support our  students in developing the knowledge, skills and confidence to enter the field of library and information services as specialized paraprofessionals. Our graduates are prepared to work both independently and collaboratively in various settings. UMA’s ILS program is a certified provider of courses meeting the ALA Library Support Staff Certification requirements and our ILS graduates are prepared for graduate study and currently attending ALA-accredited programs around the US.

Angie HI never knew I could take classes that were immediately applicable to my career, but UMA’s ILS classes are. A theory or idea discussed in class on Monday becomes a practice or real application on Friday.”

– Angie H. class of ’18

Student Engagement

UMA ILS students have completed internships at the Maine State Library, Owls Head Transportation Museum, The James Melville Gilliss Library at the US Naval Observatory, the New York Times, within the Maine Shaker Community, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and around the world, in places like Pohnpei in the Micronesian Islands, and St Kitts, West Indies.
Recently two UMA graduates received ALA Spectrum Scholarships for graduate school, and two of our recent graduates are  engaged in library-related work at the Boston Athenaeum. Additionally, our students have been accepted for graduate study at ALA accredited graduate programs around the United States including: the University of North Texas, Syracuse, San Jose State University, Drexel University, Clarion, Texas Women’s, Kent State, Catholic, Valdosta, and Simmons… (to name a few). [For a list of ALA accredited Graduate Programs]

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Library and Information Services programs should be able to:

To provide students with competencies necessary to perform effectively, both in a supporting role and independently within library and information service settings, in the following areas:

  1. Selecting and Evaluating Information
  2. Organizing Information
  3. Analyzing & Responding to Information Inquiries
  4. Teaching about Information & Related Resources
  5. Managing Information and Services
  6. Applying and Assessing Technology

To enable students to attain a broad liberal arts education and prepare them to continue their education in a variety of fields by requiring courses and reinforcing those core skills and competencies in the following areas:

  1. Writing skills in multiple media and formats
  2. Oral and written communication skills.
  3. Quantitative skills, stressing mathematical foundations and use of logic.
  4. Scientific inquiry, understanding the natural world through systematic observations and analytic reasoning.
  5. Social Sciences with a focus upon social behavior
  6. Humanities, including history, philosophy and literature
  7. Fine arts, recognition, understanding, and appreciation of the arts
  8. Interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking and writing
  9. Information and computer literacy.

(These outcomes are elaborated and broken out further for both the AS and BS, please contact the ILS coordinator for more information.)

*Students 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.