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Information & Library Science

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Bachelor of Science in Information and Library Science


The Bachelor of Science degree prepares students to engage in more technical aspects of librarianship as a paraprofessional by developing specialized skills used in library and information centers.

Degree Delivery

The program’s major courses (ILS) are offered at a distance using various technologies and are available throughout the world to those with internet access. All non-ILS courses for this degree may be taken through UMA, or with prior approval of the program coordinator, be taken through the University of Maine System or at any regionally accredited college as long as they meet the program requirements.

Admissions Requirements (see UMA general requirements)  

Associate of Science in Information and Library Science

Program Objectives

This program prepares individuals for immediate entry into positions which support Information and Library Science professionals; upgrades skills of staff who are presently working in school, public, academic, and special libraries; and in other information intensive positions and organizations.

The program will prepare students for a career as an Information and Library Science assistant and students will examine the policies and issues related to libraries, library careers, and the library profession.

Career Opportunities

The degree programs in Information & Library Science are designed to provide students with the skills needed to support the effective functioning of a library or other information intensive organization. Trained library personnel must respond to the rapid national surge in information technology, and the Information & Library Science program provides relevant courses to assist students in acquiring this evolving knowledge and the skills necessary to become effective and well-informed members of a library team. A certificate, Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Information & Library Science are available at UMA

Transferable Skills & Competencies

Graduates of the Information & Library Science 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:

  • Using reference tools, print, and online
  • Applying computer knowledge
  • Using the internet
  • Searching databases
  • Using original sources
  • Informing/explaining/teaching
  • Speaking effectively to groups/individuals
  • Raising funds
  • Listening and questioning skills
  • Conveying ideas systematically
  • Writing clearly
  • Cataloging/record keeping
  • Paying attention to detail
  • Categorizing data
  • Compiling data
  • Working independently
  • Working as a team
Research & Analysis
  • Developing budgets
  • Handing acquisitions/purchasing
  • Evaluating options
  • Assessing needs and interests

The selected list that follows offers a glimpse of the diverse career possibilities for UMA’s Information & Library Service majors. For some occupations listed below, additional training may be required.

Access Services
Assistant Archivist
Assistant Director
Automation Specialist
Book Store Manager
Catalog Librarian*
Catalog Maintenance
Children’s Services
Circulation Assistant
Circulation Manager
Clipping Service Owner
Computer Specialist
Education TechnicianFact-Checker
Gallery Manager
Government Documents
Information Accounting
Information Assistant
Information Broker
Information Resources
Information Specialist
Inter-Library Loan Specialist
Library Aide
Library Assistant
Library Associate
Library Supervisor
Library Technical OperationsLibrary Technician
Media Specialist*
Preservation Supervisor
Private Investigator
Reference Assistant
Reference Librarian*
School Librarian*
Stock Manager
Supervising Library Assistant
Technical Library Assistant
Technical Services Assistant
Technical Services Coordinator
Volunteer Service Coordinator
Webpage Maintenance & Design

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

Some titles of Support Staff Positions in Libraries taken from < http://www.ala.org/ala/hrdr/careersinlibraries/listsupportstaff.htm>

Related website(s):

American Library Association: http://www.ala.org/


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