On January 2, 2014, 48 students from across Arkansas and western Tennessee met at UAMS to begin their two – year journey into the master’s program as part of the ELMS (Educating Librarians in the Middle South) Cohort program with the University of North Texas (UNT) College of Information, Department of Library and Information Sciences. Five of the students are from the UAMS Library: Joanna Delavan, Natasha Hatchett, Libby Ingram, Tim Muren, and LeTisha Stacey. The students were di- vided into groups for a final project, and the five students from UAMS formed a group and chose the name MedNerds for their group’s name.
Students in the program will earn an MLS or MILS degree from UNT as part of a 36 credit – hour program combining online courses and two intensive in – person web institutes. The first web institute was held January 2 – 6, 2014 and the second one will be in June 2014. The remainder of the classes will be completed online. The web institute in January included an orientation, technology training, and instruction in the first two core courses. There was also time to socialize with cohort classmates and faculty during the 13 – hour days of the institute, including a dinner at Cantina Laredo. Three faculty members from UNT led the web institute: Dr. Yvonne Chandler, Director of the ELMS Cohort program, Dr. Jodi Philbrick, and Dr. Ana Cleveland.
Thirty students received scholarships for $12,000 funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Each student who receives a scholarship will be matched with a UNT University Libraries librarian who will act as a mentor for the student. Professional association student member- ship dues will also be paid for the American Library Association for the two years of the program.
– Joanna Delavan, Electronic Information Specialist
This article first appeared in the “UAMS News” Winter 2014, Issue 150. Download this and other issues from our site: http://library.uams.edu/library-info/newsletter/