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
Remember the teachers are here for you and care.
Take deep breaths and breathe! Pace yourself.
Congrats! You will love this program! You will be in the hands of some of the most wonderful professors! They will work with you and support you. My advice is to take Issues & Trends before your Praxis (II Content exam). Also, if you don’t love books and technology, leave now. If you do, have fun and get ready to learn! Brandy K.
Slow down and take your time!
Develop a network of other library media students. Make friends! It makes the program so much easier when you have someone to vent to!
If you do your Practicum in the summer, don’t take other classes!
Always stay organized – keep all of your assignments together! You’ll need them for the Portfolio.
Take Collection Development before your Praxis – had I known that, I would have made a higher score! Tell your professors what is going on in your life, that way they can help keep you on track – above all, enjoy this! Mandy C.
Pace yourself, don’t rush. Enjoy.
Keep track of the information they give you at orientation. You have to remember to do all of these things.
Always keep the big picture (goal) in mind. Don’t get bogged down with the pieces. Remember to pace yourself and not push everything to the last minute.
- It’s not just books – accept it and embrace it!
- Get used to collaboration fast – you will work with people you never meet in person from all corners of the state – you can make it work!
- Take the Praxis early – not so early that you don’t have the information, but not so late that you don’t leave yourself a little cushion
- Pace yourself
- Time management is a MUST!
- When you want to give up…take one more class…LOL!
- The professors are the most positive and encouraging staff I’ve ever had so they are there to help not hurt
- The end is SO rewarding!
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.