What Are Digital Libraries?

Digital libraries are commonly defined as “organizations that provide the resources, including the specialized staff to select, structure, offer intellectual access to, interpret, distribute, preserve the integrity of and ensure the persistence over time of collections of digital works so that they are readily and economically available for use by a defined community or set of communities (Digital Library Federation)." The SOIS Certificate in Digital Libraries prepares students to be active participants in digital library programs in universities, public libraries, archives and other information organizations.

The SOIS Certificate in Digital Libraries provides:

  • A theoretical foundation of library fundamentals, including information environments, collection development, technology management and user services 
  • A practical foundation that equips librarians with the skills necessary to develop unique collections using standards, creative technologies and excellent design.

Students may combine this certificate with other coursework toward 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 18 graduate credit hours.


Visit the Dominican University Bulletin for course lsitings and descriptions.