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Libraries and information centers face a variety of unique management issues such as intellectual freedom and censorship, ethics and confidentiality, fundraising, community outreach, and oversight management (trustees and boards of directors), as well as the traditional administrative issues such as personnel, facilities management, negotiations, and financial management. This certificate prepares students for senior-level leadership and management roles in library and information centers. 

The SOIS Certificate in Library and Information Center Administration provides:

  • A theoretical foundation in organizational planning and management, leadership, assessment, marketing and communication for libraries and information centers to improve services to both individuals and the community.
  • A practical foundation which includes resource planning, budgeting, facilities management, outreach, as well as leadership and communication skills.
Degree Requirements

The certificate is offered for students currently pursuing an MLIS, MSIM, or MPS at the School of Information Studies (SOIS) or to returning students who want to add the specialization to a completed post-graduate degree. Candidates work in collaboration with a faculty advisor to shape a plan of study. Certificate completion requires 15 graduate credit hours.

Library Management Curriculum
  • LIS 707 Leadership, Marketing, and Strategic Communication
  • LIS 708 Evidence-Based Planning, Management, and Decision-Making
  • LIS 770 Management of Libraries and Information Centers
  • LIS 791 Organizational and Multicultural Communication

View course descriptions.

Students are advised to apply to Dominican as MLIS degree-seeking students, although they may also complete the certificate as a as a post-masters certificate seeking student. Degree seeking students have six years to complete the full MLIS.

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