The graduate Certificate in Special Collections Librarianship requires 15 s.h. of coursework. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 in work for the certificate.

The certificate program includes 12 s.h. of required coursework that introduces students to the core theories supporting the collection and management of rare books, archival records, and manuscript collections. One elective course allows students to further specialize and focus on archival work, rare books, or digital curation and preservation, and prepares students for the diverse range of careers in libraries, archives, special collections, and manuscript repositories.

The certificate program is designed to meet the guidelines for a graduate program in archival studies by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The certificate may be earned by any student currently enrolled in the M.A. in library and information science degree program and the Certificate in Book Studies/Book Arts and Technologies program, as well as in other graduate programs of study. The Certificate in Special Collections Librarianship is awarded by the Graduate College.

The Certificate in Special Collections Librarianship requires the following coursework.

Required Courses

All of these:
SLIS:5600Reading Culture: History and Research in Print and Digital Media3
SLIS:5630Introduction to Special Collections Librarianship3
SLIS:6350Archives: Theory and Practice3
One of these:
SLIS:5530Preservation Management3
SLIS:5535Book Conservation3
SLIS:6145Digital Preservation and Stewardship3


One of these:
SLIS:5535Book Conservation3
SLIS:5700Cultural Heritage3
SLIS:6255Rare Books Cataloging3
SLIS:6355Public Services for Special Collections and Archives3
SLIS:6520Practicum in Libraries and Information Centers3
MUSM:3200Collection Care and Management3
MUSM:4200Museum Object Preservation3
UICB:4920The Transition from Manuscript to Print3

For more information, see the School of Library and Information Science website.