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
  • 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.”