You’re a different kind of leader for a different kind of library. We’ve designed an 18-month online certificate program specifically for library administrators with advanced degrees in other disciplines who want to deepen their knowledge of library leadership and expand their network.

Your Unique Path to Library Leadership

Today’s libraries are uniters, community builders and trusted stewards of information and culture. They are technology hubs, centers of lifelong learning and spaces where people of all backgrounds can enjoy connection and shared experience. It’s no surprise so many leader-innovators in today’s complex library systems come from fields like business and technology. At Dominican, you’ll develop new skills and ways of strategically applying that outside career experience to chart your future in the library and information field.

We Are Your Partners

When one of the country’s largest library systems went looking for a leadership certificate program for staff, they called us—and we created one. Dominican is uniquely positioned to offer this innovative, five-course certificate program. Courses are fully online. You can log in whenever it’s convenient. The program is cohort-based, so you’ll network with classmates online and face-to-face during an introductory three-day workshop. You’ll find the convenience of online learning without losing the power of personal connection.

How the Program Works

Designed for library administrators with advanced degrees in non-LIS disciplines:

  • Complete your certificate in 18 months 100% online
  • Online coursework is done at your convenience; no need to log in at a certain time
  • Program begins with an intensive, three-day workshop in Chicago
  • You can apply all coursework credit toward the full online MLIS degree
  • Curriculum is built around two electives and three required courses
  • Coursework includes an independent study in which students address an organizational problem or program at their library
  • You’ll shape your plan of study with a faculty advisor
  • Study with a networked cohort of highly motivated and accomplished students
Courses
  • Evidence-Based Planning, Management and Decision-Making
  • Information Policy
  • Independent Study (address an organizational problem at your library)
  • Two electives
Kate Marek

Director, Dominican’s iSchool

“In today’s evolving information landscape, large library organizations are frequently hiring senior administrators with professional preparation in areas other than the MLIS. Our Executive Library Leadership certificate brings LIS fundamentals and culture to your valuable, high-level employees, further anchoring them to the field.”

Connections Outside the Classroom

From the moment you enroll at Dominican, you will make immediate connections with fellow students, expert faculty and a network of distinguished alumni. You will find Dominican’s iSchool graduates working in libraries, museums, schools, research laboratories, Fortune 500 companies and many other professional settings around the country. Our faculty come from across the world, bringing with them a wealth of experience, insight and visionary approaches to advancing the field. When you join our community, you’ll tap into that powerful network. The result: collaboration, partnerships, great exchanges of ideas. This is what relationship-centered learning is about.

A Legacy of Information Leadership

For close to a century, Dominican has been a national leader in library and information science, archival and cultural heritage resources management, and, in more recent years, data analytics, UX design, information security and more. Our industry is one of rapid change. What hasn’t changed is our mission—to educate true innovators and information leaders who can have a positive impact on the communities and organizations they serve.