CHIM-IMLS Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions
Is there financial aid available for the remainder of the tuition that is not covered by the CHIM-IMLS Scholarship?
Yes, other sources of financial aid are available. Students should apply directly to the University Office of Graduate Financial Aid for loans to fund their education and for any need-based financial aid administered by the University (for example, the campus work study program) for which they might qualify. All documents intended to satisfy requirements for such financial aid should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Financial Aid (http://financialaid.cua.edu).
Many third-parties offer financial aid for library students. The American Library Association, in addition to its own scholarship program (http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/scholarships), keeps a directory (http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/education/financialassistance) of state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions, and foundations who give some form of financial assistance.
Is there an option to do this program as a part time student?
Yes, Students may study either part time or full time. CUA defines part-time study as one or two classes a semester. A student may complete the program in two year taking 2 courses a semester including the summer session. (see http://lis.cua.edu/finaid/imls.cfm).
How much is the tuition?
A full and up-to-date listing of tuition and fee including for summer class can be found at http://enrollmentservices.cua.edu/Student-Financial-Information/Tuition2012-2013.cfm
What is the expectation for presenting at professional conferences? Would participants in the program be expected to present individual works or participate in group research/presentations?
The Professional Conferences component of the CHIM-IMLS Scholarship requires the student to participate in a professional conference. Participation can be in a number of forms. For example, the student may attend a professional conference in the field of Cultural Heritage Information Management, prepare a report on the sessions attended, and share the report with the LIS community. The student may also give a presentation or poster, either individually or as part of a group. CHIM Students will receive further guidance as to how to fulfill this requirement from their academic advisors. The purpose of this requirement is for students to gain a better understanding of emerging trends and technologies in the field as well as to network with other CHIM professionals.
How soon will we be notified if we will be awarded the scholarship?
Students can expect an answer by November 20, 2012.
Approximately how many hours a week does the 120-hour practicum require of the student, in order to be completed in one semester?
The average semester is 15 weeks long. That comes to an average of 8 hours per week. However, it is the responsibility of the student and the practicum supervisor to work out a schedule that is reasonable and ensures quality learning and completion of the practicum requirements.
Are the institutions listed on the scholarship page (Art Museum of the Americas, Corcoran, LOC, NAL, etc.) the only options for practicum?
Students are free to identify any practicum site apart from those listed that fulfills the goals of the CHIM program, in consultation with the CHIM Practicum Advisor.
If you are already working in one of the institutions mentioned, can you use this as your practicum?
Yes and No. A student may complete a practicum in an institution they already work for, but the practicum must be completed under a different supervisor and in a different department or division. The purpose of the practicum experience is to broaden the students’ professional experience and to learn more about cultural heritage institutions beyond their previous work experience.
Would accommodations be made for students who work full time and may find it difficult to find the time to complete the 120 hours for their practicum?
The practicum entails 120 hours of work during the 15 week semester. How and when this is completed is to be determined by the student and the practicum supervisor. It is the student’s responsibility to adjust their work schedules to accommodate the practicum. Students are welcome to discuss options with the CHIM Practicum Advisor at LIS.
Is this scholarship open to students who have already begun working on an MLS?
Unfortunately, no. This scholarship opportunity is only available to new applicants to the CUA School of Library and Information Science. If you are currently enrolled in another library science program there may be an option to transfer credits. Please see our Transfer of Credit and Waiver of Course Requirement form at http://lis.cua.edu/admissions/transferwaiver.cfm
Are evening courses available?
Yes. All classes in MSLIS program are either weekday evenings or Saturdays. In addition, some classes are delivered in the Online Weekend Learning (OWL) format, meaning students do most coursework online and meet one Saturday each month (http://lis.cua.edu/owl/). A listing of our previous course schedules is available at http://lis.cua.edu/courses/schedules.cfm.
What is the average starting salary in the CHIM field?
Because the applications in this field are so broad, there is no single answer for this. We suggest looking at recent job postings at places like ALA’s Job list (http://joblist.ala.org/), Code4Lib’s job posting site (http://jobs.code4lib.org/), or www.inalj.com to get an idea of the prospective job market. The American Library Association (ALA) also has completed a salary survey that might be helpful -http://www.ala.org/research/initiatives/salarysurvey.
Can a student customize the program to a specific subject, i.e., music or art?
The CHIM Program develops specialization in the management of cultural heritage information. Students interested in drawing on their background in a particular may discuss their interests with their advisors and the CHIM Practicum Advisor to customize their study plan.