Contact Information:

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


The ILS 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.

UMA Certificate Requirements:

  • Minimum 50% of the required courses taken through UMA
  • Minimum 2.00 G.P.A. in the Certificate

Certificate Requirements (22 credit hours):

  • ILS 100 Introduction to Libraries & Library Careers (3)
  • ILS 101 Foundations of Information & Library Science (3)
  • ILS 109 Information Literacy (1)
  • ILS 150 Introduction to Reference Services & Materials (3) prerequisite: ILS 100, 101 and ENG 101
  • ILS 175 Cataloging and Technical Processes (3) prerequisite: ILS 100 or permission from the program coordinator
  • ILS 225 Introduction to Library Information Technology (3) prerequisite: ILS 101 or permission from the program coordinator and CIS 100
  • ILS 250 Collections Development (3) prerequisite: ILS 100
  • Complete one of the following courses (3):
    • ILS 201 Library Services to Teens prerequisite: ILS 100
    • ILS 202 Library Materials and Services for Children pre/corequisite: ILS 100 and 109
    • ILS 205 Readers’ Advisory prerequisite: ILS 100, 101, and ENG 101

*Please see Checksheet page for requirements

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,
1-877-UMA-1234 (Nationwide).

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