Digital Libraries Concentration

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries (CAS-DL) is a technically oriented concentration that allows professionals to advance their skills in creating and managing digital collections—and in doing so, advance their careers.

How are digital libraries studied?

  • As technologies with special implementation concerns
  • As large-scale information organization and access tools
  • As learning environments
  • As enablers of community information exchange
  • As arenas for social interaction

Develop technical proficiency

The CAS-DL program provides you with a thorough and technically focused background that explores the unique issues associated with digital libraries. As a CAS-DL student, you will develop an understanding of these issues and be prepared to serve as a designer, decision maker, or creator of digital libraries.

You will develop advanced skills in:

  • Digital asset management
  • Information and collection modeling
  • Design of human-centered, digitally mediated information services
  • Information policy

Educating digital librarians for the twenty-first century

Our program combines the theoretical study of library and information science with the real-world work of digital libraries. Coursework includes four required CAS-DL core courses, including Systems Analysis and Management (IS 453), Digital Libraries (IS 560), Information Modeling (IS 561), and Metadata in Theory and Practice (IS 562).

What are the components of the program?

  • 32 credit hours of coursework
  • Completion of a CAS-DL project for 8 credit hours
  • Oral examination

Pick your project

In addition to completing the core courses and customizing your study through your choice of elective courses, you'll have the opportunity to focus your work on a digital libraries project, which will be developed and completed in consultation with your advisor. Examples of topics explored by CAS-DL students include conducting a usability study of a public access portal, developing a sustainable model for digital libraries in small communities, and stewarding born-digital collections through policies, procedures, and workflows.

Complete your coursework on campus or online

Experience everything our School has to offer, either on campus or online. We understand the importance of flexibility to busy professionals. Our in-person and real-time classrooms offer rigorous academics, peer collaboration, and faculty engagement without having to move to campus. So, you can complete the CAS-DL wherever you are.

Dedicated support

At the iSchool, you will engage with world-class faculty and collaborate with committed students who are pursuing their passion, just like you. Plus, you will have access to a team of advisors, staff members, and mentors who are dedicated to your success.

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Moises Orozco Villicana, Director of Enrollment Management