The Graduate Certificate in Digital Libraries is designed to help working professionals update their knowledge and develop specialties relating to the acquisition, organization, and maintenance of digital content, virtual collections, and services. It will enable students to either alter the direction of a career path or to enrich, update, and strengthen their skills and their knowledge of their field.

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Digital Libraries consists of 15 credits of advanced coursework selected by the students in conjunction with the Digital Library Program Coordinator. The program is individually designed to suit the needs and professional objectives of each student.


Admission to the Master of Library and Information Science program or a master’s program in a closely related field such as computer science or educational technology is required to apply for the certificate. Students already possessing an MLIS or master’s degree in a closely related field may also apply for the program as a standalone certificate.


The candidate will complete 15 credits of coursework, planned in conjunction with an advisor, and approved by the Dean of the School of Information Studies as an individually designed program suited for the needs and professional objectives of the student.

  • A minimum of 12 credits must be taken in the School of Information Studies.
  • No thesis is required, but students may obtain up to 3 credits in independent research which is included as a part of the total approved program..

Please visit the UWM Academic Catalog for complete details:

Example Core Courses

  • INFOST 682 – Digital Libraries (3 cr)
    Concepts and technologies for the development of digital libraries. Topics include tools for multimedia digitization, organization of digital resources, and evaluation of digital libraries and gateways.
  • INFOST 714 – Metadata (3 cr)
    Principles and application of metadata for networked information resource organization, representation, retrieval, and interoperability using a variety of schemes; focus on cultural heritage digital repositories.
  • INFOST 739 – Digital Information Services (3 cr)
    Examination of major issues involved in digital information services. Comparison of differences and similarities between digital and face-to-face services, evaluation of DIS and current trends.

Example Elective Courses

  • INFOST 685 – E-Publishing & Web Design (3 cr)
    An introduction to principles of visual communications related to electronic media with emphasis on website development, electronic documents, and production and dissemination of electronic information. Counts as a repeat of INFOST 691 w/similar topic.
  • INFOST 691 – Video Storage, Retrieval, and Preservation (3 cr)
    The course addresses concepts relating to the retention and preservation of electronic records. Addresses legal issues, records management techniques, and systems implementation.
  • INFOST 716 – Thesaurus Construction (3 cr)
    Overview of thesaurus construction, vocabulary control, and ontology. Design and construction of thesauri, including domain analysis, vocabulary extraction, concept clustering, ordering, structural relations, and thesaurus maintenance.
  • INFOST 717 – Information Architecture (3 cr)
    Introduction to information architecture and user experience design, focusing on designing user-centered organization, labeling, navigation, search, metadata, and knowledge organization systems for websites.
  • INFOST 774 – Online Information Retrieval (3 cr)
    Study of the organizational, operational and developmental aspects of online database services, including an overview of the online community. Students must spend one hour per week in an online laboratory session.
  • INFOST 780 – XML for Libraries (1-3 cr)
    Overview of general markup languages; concepts and components of extensible markup language, and the future of publishing and libraries
  • INFOST 783 – Information Storage and Retrieval (3 cr)
    Fundamental analysis and design principles and theories used in systems for the storage, processing, and retrieval of information.
  • INFOST 786 – Multimedia (3 cr)
    Multimedia and its applications in information systems and instructional environments. Students develop essential skills in the evaluation, creation, editing, and rendering of multimedia.
  • INFOST 789 – Electronic Networking and Information Services (3 cr)
    Outlines basic concepts of communication technology, electronic networking, and available information resources and services for information professionals.
  • INFOST 862 – Legal Issues for Library and Information Services (3 cr)
    Legal issues arising in various library settings, including access rights, privacy and confidentiality, copyright, intellectual freedom and information liability and malpractice.
  • INFOST 990 – Fieldwork in Library and Information Science (3 cr)
    Fieldwork experience of 50 to 150 hours under faculty and field supervisor guidance. Student must also complete a supervised field project.
  • INFOST 999 – Independent Research (1-3 cr)
    Primary research under faculty guidance, on a special aspect of library and information services. Regular faculty consultation and written research report(s) required.