Archivists and cultural heritage professionals assist institutions, communities, corporations and other entities:

  • Develop and maintain archival systems, resources and services
  • Promote a better understanding of the past
  • Develop a new perspective of the present
  • Cultivate a spirit of involvement
Archives and Cultural Heritage Careers
  • Fieldwork Experiences
  • Archives or cultural heritage collection processing and management
  • Community archives development and management
  • Digital archives or collections development and maintenance
  • Cultural heritage documentation and preservation
  • Historical records curation'
    Electronic records systems development and management

This certificate offers students the opportunity to engage in a high level of archival fieldwork. Past projects have seen students working side-by-side with professional archivists in community archives, historical societies, corporations and other institutions. Students may combine this certificate with other coursework toward the completion of the Master of Professional Studies.

Degree Requirements

The certificate is offered for students currently pursuing an MLIS at the School of Information Studies (SOIS) or to returning students who want to add the specialization to a completed Dominican MLIS degree or its equivalent from an ALA-accredited graduate library program. Candidates work in collaboration with a faculty advisor to shape a plan of study.

 

Certificate completion requires a total of 15 graduate credit hours.

Curriculum

Fifteen semester hours, comprised of:

Complete one of the following two courses:

  • LIS 775 Introduction to Archival Principles, Practices and Services
  • LIS 885 Cultural Heritage Resources and Services for Diverse Communities

Complete the following course:

  • LIS 881 Advanced Archival Principles, Practices and Services

Complete one of the following two courses:

  • LIS 799 Practicum
  • LIS 888 Cultural Heritage/Archives Fieldwork

Complete one of the following five courses:

  • LIS 753 Internet Fundamentals and Design
  • LIS 759 Digital Libraries
  • LIS 786 Advanced Web Design
  • LIS 882 Metadata for Digital Resources
  • LIS 889 Digital Curation

Choose one of the following four courses:

  • LIS 711 History of the Text: Early Books and Manuscripts up to the Printing Press
  • LIS 713 Introduction to the Preservation and Conservation of Library and Archival Materials
  • LIS 718 Storytelling for Adults and Children
  • LIS 886 Records and Information Management

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Fieldwork Experiences

This certificate offers students the opportunity to engage in a high level of archival fieldwork. Past projects have seen students working side-by-side with professional archivists in community archives, historical societies, corporations and other institutions.