Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
Digital Libraries - Program Requirements

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.
  • A maximum of three graduate credits may be transferred from another accredited university provided the courses are relevant to the candidate's professional objectives and are included as part of the total approved program.
  • 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.
  • Those who have completed appropriate coursework as part of the UWM MLIS degree must complete at least 9 additional credits to earn the certificate.
  • The program must be completed within a period of 3 years from first enrollment.

Recommended Digital Libraries Curriculum

Required Courses

L&I Sci 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 & L&I Sci 110(P); 501(P); or cons instr

L&I Sci 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. Prereq: grad st; L&I Sci 511(531)(P)

L&I Sci 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; L&I Sci 682(P); L&I Sci 510(P); & L&I Sci 571(P)

Elective Courses

L&I Sci 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 L&I Sci 691 w/similar topic. Prereq: jr st.

L&I Sci 691 - Video Storage, Retrieval, and Preservation. 3.cr.

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.

L&I Sci 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; L&I Sci 511(531)(P), 591(P).

L&I Sci 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; L&I Sci 511(531) (P).

L&I Sci 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; L&I Sci 501(P); 571(P); 530 or 511(531)(P); cons instr

L&I Sci 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

L&I Sci 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; L&I Sci 571(P) or cons instr.

L&I Sci 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

L&I Sci 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; L&I Sci 510(P), 571(P) or cons instr.

L&I Sci 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; L&I Sci 501(P) or cons instr

L&I Sci 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; L&I Sci 501(P), 511(531)(P), 520(P), 540(P), 571(P), or cons instr.

L&I Sci 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; L&I Sci 501(P), 511(531)(P), 571(P), 591(P), or cons instr.

For a complete list of course descriptions, please visit the Graduate School website: http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/prospective/areas-of-study/library-and-information-science/#courses