The Special Collections Librarianship Certificate is designed to meet the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Guidelines for a Graduate Program in Archival Studies. Students interested in working in special collections, archives, manuscript repositories, and other organizations that preserve primary source materials may complete the certificate to have this specialization reflected on their transcript. The certificate may be completed by any student currently enrolled in the MA in Library and Information Science and earned alongside the UICB Book Studies certificate and other joint degrees and certificates.

The 15 s.h. Special Collections Librarianship Certificate includes 12 credits of required coursework that introduces students to the core theories supporting the collection and management of rare books, archival records, and manuscripts. The 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.

Please go here for more information on the Special Collections Certificate Curriculum.

Interested students must complete the Special Collections Librarianship Certificate Plan of Study. For more information, please contact