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UNT/MCL MLIS program to begin in January 2016

The UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT AUGUSTA, Information and Library Services program will be hosting an event with Dr. Philip Turner of the University of North Texas on a new MLIS cohort exclusively for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont on Wednesday, August 12, 2015  5:30-6:30 p.m. The session will be available live in Augusta, and available on our Bangor campus and at Centers around the state.

The University of North Texas’ Department of Library and Information Sciences and the Manchester City Library are announcing a new collaboration to deliver UNT’s Masters of Library and Information Sciences program in the New England area. A small cohort of students from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont will begin studies together at MCL in January 2016 and graduate in December 2017. The program will blend two on-site Institutes at MCL, with the remainder of the program delivered online from UNT.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to partner with an established MLIS program to provide a non-traditional approach to prepare our future library professionals,” Denise VanZanten, director of the Manchester City Library said. The Department of Library & Information Sciences has a long history of providing its ALA-accredited Master’s program in various states across the country. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with MCL and LIS professionals in these three states,” said Dr. Phil Turner, director of the UNT/MCL program. “We have been offering cohort-based collaborative programs like this for fifteen years and they create a vibrant learning community.”

Students will have the opportunity to choose from eight programs of study and six graduate academic certificates. DLIS is offering at least twenty $2,000 scholarships to students admitted to the cohort. Applications for the program are now being accepted until the cohort is filled.

For more information, visit

Contact: Dr. Philip Turner, Professor Emeritus, University of North Texas for specific information on the program, / (940) 453-8214.

Contact: Dr. Jodi Williams, University of Maine at Augusta for more information on locations or questions about the event. (207) 621-3341

Offered Fall 2015 NEW COURSE!!

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This Fall Dr. Tamara Blesh will be offering a new course with international librarianship as its focus. This course can be used for an ILS 300-400 level elective in the ILS program. As Dr. Blesh is an international traveler and head of a non-profit organization to assist in the development of libraries in remote countries around the world, this is an exciting new class we hope you will consider being a part of and taking on the journey to study and learn about librarians around the globe. Check out the following video:
ILS 450 Global Librarianship
This course will prepare students about the importance of a global approach to library services whether locally or in the larger international community. Global library educational programs, volunteerism and other opportunities will be explored in depth. Additionally, the course will study various organizations, foundations and initiatives supporting access to information resources in developing countries and those populations considered a part of the ‘Digital Divide.’ The student will be expected to prepare a well-researched and documented case study of library services, practices and issues from a selected country as a culmination to the course. Prerequisite: ENG 101, all 100 & 200 level ILS classes or permission of the instructor, Tamara Blesh,

UMA completes ALA-APA Certification! Check it out!

ALA-APA recognizes University of Maine at Augusta graduates (June 2014)

CHICAGO The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed an agreement with the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) that will allow its graduates who meet the established criteria from their Library and Information Services Program to receive the Certified Library Support Staff (CLSS) designation.

ALA-APA and UMA believe that the graduates’ degrees or certificates, coupled with the LSSC will benefit graduates, the library in which they work and library users. Lorelle Swader, director of ALA-APA, said, “We are honored to recognize UMA as part of the LSSC national certification program, which is quickly becoming a standard for the profession. It shows employers of these graduates that they have made a commitment to furthering their own continuing professional development and future.” …

For more information students should see the ALA-APA Library Support Staff Certification Information or contact Ian Lashbrook,Program Officer – Certification,American Library Association-Allied Professional Association, 312-280-2424, for more information.

best-online-programs-veterans-bachelors2014: UMA Climbs to 61st in Nation for Best Online Programs, says U.S. News & World Reports. (January ’14)
For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Reports selected UMA in its national ranking of universities offering top online degree programs. See full story here…

 Students from Virginia to Micronesia part of growing group taking online courses from UMS (February ’14)

Now you just GO!! YAY Chris McGrath (class of 2013), interviewed for this Bangor Daily News article!It can be a little intimidating at first,” said Chris McGrath, a library technician from Pueblo, Colo. who received a bachelor’s degree in information library services from UMA. “It’s not a misconception that you spend more time in an online class than a regular class. Some classes can be really homework heavy.” McGrath said she decided to go back to school after she got laid off in 2010. She needed a program that would allow her to do her job search and then work while she studied.

Jodi Williams, associate professor of information and library services — a completely online program at UMA — said that she has found that online courses work for her students, who know what they want from a degree and want to get it as quickly as possible. The method does present some challenges, however.

“Students just can’t walk into an office and sit down and say, ‘I need help with financial aid,’” she said. “They need to call or email and make sure they have contacts who can help them.”  Williams added that offering her courses online adds a level of richness that would not otherwise be possible. She has taught students from Micronesia to the Middle East to Maine, all from her office in Augusta.”


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Best Small Library in America 2014: Pine River Library, CO (February’14)

Congratulations to one of the staff mentioned in the most recent Library Journal, our very own ILS Graduate, JUDY POE!!! “The Living Library changes and grows constantly under the leadership of Judy Poe…” how proud we are to have been a (tiny) part of her Senior Project!! You, Judy, have made our week and hope you and your library enjoy this GREAT Honor!

Congratulations to you and your library on your hard work!!! See the Library Journal article.



RHS Library Internship, Texas (Spring 2014)

ILS Senior Emily Adams is undertaking her senior capstone internship in the Rider School Library and chronicling her work in a GREAT blog! She is exploring different learning objectives that will help make her a better ILS Professional including: creating new marketing for library services and materials, looking into genrefying the collection to better understand the pros and cons, working on her weeding techniques and learning new presentation skills and trying them out! CHECK OUT her blog!


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A Seed Library at the Camden Public Library (Spring 2014)
UMA ILS Student Sarah Dugan, circulation librarian at the Camden Public Library, “offers seeds for Green Growing January a a time of year when green thoughts are most welcome.” Check out the recent Village Soup article highlighting the CPL’s efforts. Way to go Sarah for being a part of this innovative program and such an innovative part of URock and UMA!



ILS Graduate Janet PattersonUMA ILS Graduate beginning new job in Belgrade! (Fall 2013)

“BELGRADE — The town’s newest library director officially starts work on Monday and brings with her more than 16 years experience working in school and college libraries. The town’s Board of Selectpersons last week approved hiring Janet Patterson of Oakland… Patterson was previously district librarian for the Winthrop School Department, and prior to that was librarian at Madison High School and in Augusta schools. She also worked in various library departments at the University of Maine at Augusta, where she earned her associate and bachelor’s degrees in library information technology. She earned her master’s of library science from Clarion University, Clarion, Pa.

“I’ve wanted to be a librarian since I was 7,” Patterson said. “I’ve tried out all the different fields.”

UMA ILS Alum, Alyssa PattersonUMA ILS Alum, Alyssa Patterson (2013) has hit the ground running!
In “Fairfield and 14 other communities throughout the nation, young fans will get a taste of the days when celebrating Harry Potter was a group activity.

The Lawrence Public Library was one of 15 winners chosen from a pool of hundreds of applicants by a panel of judges from U.S. publisher Scholastic. … For Alyssa Patterson, the children’s librarian at Lawrence who submitted the winning essay, the party will be a chance to recreate some of the excitement she felt when she picked up her first Potter book.

Patterson, who recently graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta with a degree in information and library services, said Potter has an appeal that spans both generations and genders.” Full Kennebec Journal Article here:New, old Harry Potter fans to celebrate books at Fairfield library party. Our congratulations to Alyssa.

2013: UMA has made the U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs, ranking 103rd in a survey of 237 institutions participating. “UMA is justifiably proud of its online offerings, which have been steadily growing over the past few years,”

says President Handley. “Today, UMA students earn over 25% of their credits through online classes, and more and more of our programs offer an online option.”

Survey scores were based on statistical data gathered from questionnaires about each institution’s online specific bachelor’s degree programs. 50% of the ranking was from the school’s student engagement, 25% from faculty credentials and training, and 25% from services and technology available to students in the programs. For more information see the UMA article.


ILS Adjunct Faculty Anastasia Weigle User Engagement with Physical Objects: An investigation of the multi-dimensional experience of archival users.

Adjunct Faculty member in the ILS Program and Ph.D. student at Simmons, Anastasia Weigle presented her research at a recent Works in Progress Poster Presentation at the 2014 ALISE conference in Philadelphia, PA. Her poster was well-received and can be seen here (PDF).

“A Shot Across the Bow: Hidden Stories from the Sea” Anastasia Weigle (UMA Adjunct Faculty)

spends countless hours documenting the memories of Maine’s maritime men, women and children from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries….Enjoy an evening of conversation with Anastasia, Project Archivist for the Maine Maritime Museum, as she recounts several hidden stories within the Museum’s maritime collection…(read more)

ILS Student Interns at the PBS Archives! (Spring 2013)
ILS student Gertie Mentzer just finished working with PBS for her Capstone/Internship experience in the ILS program. She spent the Spring term digging through their non-digitized papers to scan and create an organization system for their business papers before the company went digital. As a part of this project she also be assisted in assessing the VHS tapes that may or may not have been digitized and find a way to describe and organize them. Overall she assisted in creating a taxonomy and assigning metadata to the digitized materials. Gertie was excited and fortunate to have a skilled and knowledgable supervisor who allowed her to work independently, while maintaining a strong communicating loop throughout the day. To read more about her work, please check out Gertie’s Blog about her experience in the PBS Archives! We wish Gertie the best on all her future endeavors and are sure we will be highlighting her successes here for a while to come! RECENT SUCCESS UPDATE: Gertie is going to Grad School and with scholarships!! CONGRATULATIONS (Fall 2013)

ILS Grad Daniel NortonUMA ILS Student Lands NYTimes Internship! (Fall 2012)
Daniel Norton, a student in UMA’s online Information and Library Services program, has taken his role as a student in the field very seriously. “I view it as the perfect opportunity to explore my options as a fledgling professional in environments that are conducive to turning mistakes into valuable learning experiences,” he explains… (read more)


Highlighting ILS Students

Occupy Movement and the Library: ILS Student Danny Norton engaging in and impacting his local community.

Progressive Librarian: A Journal for Critical Studies & Progressive Politics in Librarianship (Issue #38/39, Spring 2012)

American Libraries Article quoting Dan: American Libraries article

-OWS Library Website: OWLS Library Website

Dan’s writing contributions

More ILS Students Out in the World

-ILS Student Kristen Chavonelle’s Blog about her class experiences (100-200 level courses). 2011

-ILS Student Kathryn Diman’s Blog: A Dream Come True: Becoming a Librarian! (400-level course). 2011 This blog chronicles the processes involved in conducting a Library Practicum of one individual pursuing a BS degree in Library Science and Information Services.

-UMA ILS Graduate, Richard Fortin, Director, Winthrop Public Library in the News

EBOOKS: At Winthrop Library the Future is Now(2011)
Late Fines Eliminated at the Library:Fees are a Relic of the Past (2010)

New Library Director Busy(2010)

ILS Graduate Greg LewisGreg Lewis, ILS Graduate: Awesome Foundation awards grant to support a teen music event for library!


Highlighting ILS Faculty

-Dr. Tamara Blesh: Traveling Librarian

Undergraduate Education in ILS

UMA’s ILS Program Coordinator was involved in discussions regarding the Bachelor’s in Information and Library Services. Check out the @1st Century Library Blog by Dr. Stephen Matthews: Why Not a Bachelor’s In Library Science?

-Guest BLOG: UMA Distance Ed in Micronesia

Blog interview with “VERY” Distant Learners (UMA ILS Students)

Graduating? Not if you haven’t Applied!!

If you are going to be graduating at the end of the Spring, Summer or Fall terms, please make sure you apply to graduate. Also please make sure any outstanding transcripts have been requested and mailed to UMA to be evaluated.
Please fill out UMA’s graduation application.

Check your CHECK SHEETS!!

ILS courses that are NOT on the checksheet for the AS or BS program CAN be substituted for one of your ILS electives. Please talk with your advisor if you are interested in taking one of these classes and applying it toward your degree program. Examples of courses are: ILS 306, ILS 205

Course Rotation Schedule

FALL: ILS 100, 101^, 109, 150, 175, 201, 202^, 205, 225, 299, 350, 365, 385, 442. 499.

ILS 100, 101, 109, 150, 175, 202, 203, 250, 299* 312, 325, 350, 441, 499*.

ILS 100, 101, 109, 175, 225, 306, 365, 441

^Course will not be offered Fall 2015
*This course is only offered in the Fall and Spring. Contact for information about Summer options.
**Summer courses MAY be offered if there are enough students entering our programs to warrant sections running.(1.15.13)


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