Welcome to the Masters of Library Media and Information Technologies program at UCA. The Library Media and Information Technologies program is nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians as an exemplary School Library program in the U.S. With a 99% PRAXIS II content pass rate in School Library Media, the LIBM program has one of the largest graduate programs for School Librarians in the state of Arkansas.
Program Coordinator: Dr. Stephanie Huffman
Phone: (501) 450-5430
Office: Mashburn Hall 221
General Program Information
The goal of the graduate program in library media and information technologies is to prepare individuals for professional positions in a variety of information and educational settings. The Library Media and Information Technologies program, located within the Department of Leadership Studies, is designed for individuals who may be (1) planning careers in school library media centers at the elementary, middle, and secondary district levels and at regional educational cooperatives or, (2) planning careers as children and youth librarians in public, college, and special information centers. (Graduate Bulletin)
LIBM Deadline Dates
Practicum Application Deadlines: May 1 = Fall September 1 = Spring February 1 = Summer
For the full Academic Calendar through Summer 2014, click here: Academic Calendar.
INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS
The Library Media and Information Technologies program is built upon the guiding principals of AASL's Empowering Learners, the program standards of the American Association of School Librarians, and the program standards for School Library Media by the state of Arkansas. The LIBM degree is comprised of 36 semester hours of graduate credit including a Practicum component. The LIBM program may be completed within two years and 95% of the courses are offered online.
Potential students are required to submit a Graduate School application to the Graduate School as well as their GRE scores (ETS), a copy of their current teaching license, a letter of employment verifying at least two years of classroom experience, and their collegiate transcripts.
The Program of Study is available here and on the Department's Student Resources page.
A variety of scholarships and grants are available for LIBM students. For applications and more information, see the Department's Student Resources page.
Graduate Testimonials and Advice for New Students
INFORMATION FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
Advising - LIBM students are required to be advised every semester prior to registration. As a general rule, it is recommended that students contact their advisor 2-3 weeks prior to registration. For registration information, monitor the Office of the Registrar for the Advanced Registration Schedule. The Schedule of Classes is usually updated 2-3 weeks prior to advanced registration.
Petition of Candidacy - Students should complete the Petition of Candidacy after completing 9 hours of study. The Petition of Candidacy maps out your program of study and is used by the Graduate School and advisors to track students' progress. The Petition of Candidacy form can be found on the Graduate School Web page or by clicking HERE.
Program of Study - The Program of Study may be used to assist the candidate in planning their course of study.
Student Resources - The Leadership Studies Web pages provide various student resources such as links to the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the Graduate School, Torreyson Library, Technology Requirements for Distance Education, the UCA Writing Center, as well as tutorials for Blackboard, Centra, and Chalk & Wire. In addition, information about Course Rotations & Texts Scholarships, the Practicum Application, the PRAXIS II Assessment, the LIBM Exit Portfolio Guidelines and Scoring Rubric, Arkansas Teacher Licensure forms, and professional organization links.