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.
Library Management Curriculum
  • LIS 756 Organizational Analysis and Design
  • LIS 707 Leadership, Marketing, and Strategic Communication
  • LIS 770 Management of Libraries and Information Centers
  • LIS 791 Organizational and Multicultural Communication
  • LIS 708 Evidence-Based Planning, Management, and Decision-Making

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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.

Application requirements
  • Completion of a Master’s degree with a GPS of 3.0, or if under 3.0 then a GRE composite score of at least 297, or MAT 404.
  • Personal essay and two letters of recommendation.

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