Welcome new students! Below is a TON of information that should help you get started with the program. You can find even more information on the FAQ page of the iSchool website. You can also refer to the Spring 2019 New Student Checklist. You can view this as a one page document or click present to view as a slide show.
Remember to accept your enrollment!
In your official offer letter from the Graduate School there is a link to accept admission to the MLIS Program. The deadline for domestic and international students to accept enrollment is Thursday, December 20, 2018.
New Student Orientation
The iSchool hosts a New Student Orientation for admitted students each Fall. The date is TBD, but it will be scheduled for August 2019.
All online courses and many in-person courses will use the Enterprise Learning Management System (ELMS), powered by Canvas. ELMS provides the online course environment for instructors to host course materials and assignments, facilitate online discussions, and post grades. Students often submit assignments through canvas and participate in online modules. Your ELMS login is your University ID and Password.
Tuition & Billing
Your tuition bill will be available after you register for courses. Once you are enrolled, we send information with registration procedures. For planning purposes, Spring and Fall billing information and due dates for on-campus courses can be found through Student Financial Services and Cashiering: Graduate Tuition and Fees. Online tuition is listed on the iSchool’s Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid webpage. Summer courses have an alternate billing schedule than fall/spring. You can find more information about the billing policies for Summer through the Office of Extended Studies. If you have any questions regarding tuition or billing, please reach out to Student Financial Services and Cashiering.
Specific questions regarding financial aid must be directed to the Office of Financial Aid. Financial Advisors are available by appointment, which can be set up by phone at (301) 314-8377 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information see the Office of Financial Aid webpage.
Scholarships and award announcements are shared through the iSchoolAnnouncements and program specific listservs as well as program blogs like MIM Central and blogMLIS. The iSchool has scholarships for enrolled students, so look for the call for applications around mid-Fall semester.
Scholarships are also available through professional organizations such as the American Library Association (ALA), Society of American Archivists (SAA), Special Libraries Association (SLA), and Maryland Library Association (MLA). These scholarships can be found on the association websites. The iSchool maintains a list of outside scholarships on the Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid page at the bottom under the heading “Resources Outside UMD”.
Graduate Assistantships or GA positions are available through university offices and departments. GA positions include a stipend, health benefits, and tuition remission. The amount of tuition remission and stipend ranges will depend on whether the student is at the master’s or doctorate level and whether the assistantship is a 9.5-month or 12-month position.
Although numerous graduate assistant positions exist, finding one is like finding a regular job and can be arduous. You can find GA postings on the MLIS-Students listserv and MIM Central website. Graduate assistantships are also available through the UMD E-Job website. The University Library employment page will also post GA positions when they are available. Whenever a department reaches out to the MLIS Program with GA opportunities, they are posted to the Jobs section of blogMLIS.
Field Study and Jobs
It is never too early to start thinking about where you will do your field study! Check out the Field Study Timeline to learn more about the process and FAQs. If you are looking for an internship or field study opportunity, the MLIS Program maintains the iSchool Field Study Database of active listings of institutions eager for MLIS students as well as additional opportunities that may have more time-sensitive application periods.
If you are looking for employment in the field of libraries or the information sciences, be sure to regularly check the MLIS-Jobs page. Any job listings that are sent to the iSchool are posted on this page within blogMLIS.
Other Student Resources
MLIS-Students: The MLIS-Students listserv is for currently enrolled MLIS students. The MLIS program administrators use this list to send out official announcements such as changes in course schedules and information on events like our iSchool Internship and Networking Fair. You can expect to receive several emails each week from this list. It is very important that you read the emails sent by this list as they may contain essential administrative information. You will be automatically subscribed to this list and will remain subscribed during each semester that you are registered for courses.
iSchoolAnnouncements: The iSchoolAnnouncements listserv is for every student in the iSchool. This is used by the iSchool administrators to convey official information that affects all students (e.g. scholarship opportunities at the iSchool). It is also used by our very active student organizations to promote their various events. You can expect one or two emails a week depending on the level of activity from our student organizations. It is very important that you read the emails from this list, as they may contain administrative information, such as how to apply for graduation. You will be automatically subscribed to this list and membership is mandatory.
iSchoolDiscussion: The iSchoolDiscussion listesrv is the public-facing listserv where students, faculty, and alums post news, events, and general announcements. To join, send an email to email@example.com with the first line in the message “SUBSCRIBE ISCHOOLDISCUSSION your name” excluding quotation marks. The subject line of your email should be left blank. Membership is optional.
blogMLIS is the official blog of the MLIS Program at the iSchool. It is maintained by the MLIS Director, MLIS Program Manager, and a crack team of MLIS students. On it you will find official program information, iSchool news and events, resources for MLIS students, and much more. There is some overlap between official announcements on the MLIS-Students listserv and this blog. This is to ensure that students see the information and have a centralized place to find announcements send previously.
blogMLIS has a Jobs Page. This section of blogMLIS is focused on advertising relevant jobs and paid internship opportunities. Any jobs that are sent to the iSchool are posted to this area.