All school employees in Maine must be fingerprinted. Check here http://maine.gov/doe/cert/fingerprinting/index.html for more details and to register.
Ed tech certifications
The University of Maine at Augusta offers both an Associate’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science. Most classes are available online.
To become a certified Library Media Specialist in Maine requires a Master’s degree. The American Library Association has information on accredited Master’s degree programs.
Just looking for Professional Development?
Maine is a part of Webjunction http://me.webjunction.org/do/Home which offers many library learning opportunities online.
Take a look at the statewide library calendar of events (such as the annual Reading Round-Up conference in April) http://evanced.info/maine/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?libnum=0 which provides excellent opportunities as well.
Check out the Maine State Library for Continuing Education opportunities http://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/ce/index.shtml
The Maine State Library also offers a Voluntary Public Library certification program http://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/ce/libcert.shtml with online webinar courses that can be used by Ed Techs for re-authorization.
Consider joining the Executive Board of a professional library association such as MASL. You'll have insight into library concerns and most will provide contact hours for attending meetings -- Contact the association you are interested in for more details.
and the Maine Library Association both provide workshops and
conferences. So do the New England Association of School Libraries and
the New England Library Association as well as the American Library
Association and the American Association of School Libraries -- Check
out their Events page for more information.
Need more information?
Check out these other Library organizations
Maine Library Association http://www.mainelibraries.org/
New England Library Association http://www.nelib.org/
New England School Library Association http://www.nesla30.wildapricot.org/
American Library Association http://www.ala.org/
American Association of School Libraries http://www.ala.org/aasl/
Check out these educational organizations
Maine Education Association http://www.maine.nea.org
National Education Association http://www.nea.org/index.html
Look here for library jobs in Maine http://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/jobjar.shtml
School jobs can be found here https://www.servingschools.com/
Join the state library listserv http://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/listservs.htm
***Last updated 11.22.2016