Program Director

Alexandra Dimitroff
Associate Professor
NWQB 2569

Digital Libraries | Certificate of Advanced Study

The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Digital Libraries is designed to help working professionals update their knowledge and develop specialty 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. The Certificate can be completed both online and on-site, and the Admission Requirements page can help walk you through the admissions process.

About the Program

The CAS candidate will complete 15 credits of course work, planned in conjunction with his or her 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.

  • The certificate will be awarded upon completion of 15 credits in approved courses with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0).
  • A minimum of 12 credits must be taken in the School of Information Studies. 
  • Up to 3 credits may be taken in another school or department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • 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.
  • The program must be completed within a period of 3 years from first enrollment.

For admission information, please visit the Digital Libraries Admission Requirements page.


Required Courses

INFOST 682 - Digital Libraries. 3 cr.

Concepts and technologies for development of digital libraries. Topics include tools for multimedia digitization, organization of digital resources, and evaluation of digital libraries and gateways. Prereq: jr st & INFOST 110(P); INFOST 501(P); or cons instr

INFOST - 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. Prereq: grad st; INFOST 511(531)(P)

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. Prereq: grad st; INFOST 682(P); INOFST 510(P); & INFOST 571(P)

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 repeat of INFOST 691 w/similar topic. Prereq: jr st.

INFOST 691 - Video Storage, Retrieval, and Preservation.

An exploration of current topics in information science. Specific topics and any adivitional prerequisites will be announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered. May be retaken with change in topic to max of 9 cr. Prereq: jr st; cons instr.

INFOST 716 - Indexing and Abstracting 3 cr.

Fundamental principles, practices and procedures of indexing and abstracting. Focus on document analysis, vocabulary control, thesaurus construction, and design and evaluation of indexing systems. Prereq: grad st; INFOST 511(531)(P), INFOST 591(P).

INFOST 717 - Information Architecture and Knowledge Organization 3 cr.

Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of information architecture, with focus on designing user-centered organization, labeling, navigation, search, metadata, and knowledge organization systems for web sites. Prereq: grad st; INFOST 511(531) (P).

INFOST 774 - Online Information Retrieval 3 cr.

Study of the organizational, operational and developmental aspects of on-line database services, including an overview of the on-line community. Students must spend one hour per week in an 0n-line laboratory session. Prereq: grad st; INFOST 501(P); INFOST 571(P); INFOST 530 or INFOST 511(531)(P); cons instr

INFOST 780 - XML for Libraries. 3 cr.

Overview of general markup languages; concepts and components of extensible markup language, and the future of publishing and libraries. Prereq: grad st

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. Prereq: grad st; INFOST 571(P) or cons instr.

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. Counts as repeat of L&I Sci 891 w/ same topic. Prereq: grad st; cons instr

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. Prereq: grad st; INFOST 510(P), 571(P) or cons instr.

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. Prereq: grad st; INFOST 501(P) or cons instr

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. May be repeated to max of 6 cr with cons adviser. Prereq: grad st; INFOST 501(P), INFOST 511(531)(P), INFOST 520(P), INFOST 540(P), INFOST 571(P), or cons instr.

INFOST 999 - Independent Research. 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. Carries 3 cr limit for MLIS; may be repeated to 6 cr max for advanced certificate students. Prereq: grad st; INFOST 501(P), INFOST 511(531)(P), INFOST 571(P), INFOST 591(P), or cons instr.

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