Developed through IMLS funding for Project CHART (Cultural Heritage, Access, Research, and Technology), the Digital Management for Cultural Heritage program prepares students for careers in cultural heritage institutions in the digital world across libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions. Students acquire a wide range of skills and knowledge from digital preservation and curation to digital scholarship, enabling them to become leaders in the field working from a cutting-edge vantage point and with creativity.

The Curriculum

This 18 credit program concentration is organized around six themes. Students select one course from each theme for a total of six 3-credit courses. This program concentration is taken within the 36 credit MSLIS program (twelve 3-credit courses) as follows:

Four required core courses (12 credits, four 3-credit courses; six Digital Management courses (18 credits) and two electives (6 credits)

Digital Management for Cultural Heritage–Students select one course from each of the six categories.

1. Management and Design of Digital Collections and Services

  • LIS 669  Management of Electronic Records
  • LIS 645  Management of Digital Content
  • LIS 625  Management of Archives & Special Collections
  • LIS 697  Visual Resources Management
  • LIS 663  Metadata: Description and Access
  • LIS 670  Cultural Heritage Description & Access
  • LIS 662  Advanced Cataloging
  • LIS 697  Digital Scholarship
  • LIS 657  Digital Humanities
  • LIS 658  Information Visualization
  • LIS 680  Educational & Instructional Technology
  • LIS 697  Museum Informatics

         Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

  • LIS 643  Information Architecture
  • LIS 644  Usability of Digital Information
  • LIS 682  People-Centered Research & Design

2. Digital Archives and Libraries and Social Media

  • LIS 665  Projects in Digital Archives
  • LIS 697  Projects in Moving Image & Sound Archives
  • LIS 681  Social Media
  • LIS 693  Digital Libraries
  • LIS 697  E-Publishing Summer School &  Conference, London
  • LIS 697  Creating Interactive Websites
  • LIS 697  Programming for Cultural Heritage


3. Digital Preservation/ Conservation/Curation

  • LIS 634  Conservation Lab at Brooklyn College
  • LIS 632  Preservation & Conservation
  • LIS 638  Digital Preservation and Curation
  • LIS 697  Cultural Heritage Conservation in Florence with leading Italian conservators 

4. Selection, Description, Access, and Use

  • LIS 663  Metadata: Description and Access
  • LIS 670  Cultural Heritage Description & Access
  • LIS 662  Advanced Cataloging
  • LIS 697  Digital Scholarship
  • LIS 657  Digital Humanities
  • LIS 658  Information Visualization
  • LIS 680  Instructional Technology
  • LIS 697  Museum Informatics

5. Cultural Heritage Collections across Libraries, Museums, and Archives

  • LIS 667  Art Librarianship
  • LIS 675  Museum and Library Research at the Metropolitan Museum
  • LIS 697  Florentine Art and Culture: Museum & Library Resources & Documentation
  • LIS 694  Film and Media Collections
  • LIS 695  Photography Collections at ICP

   Collection Courses at NYPL, 42nd Street

  • LIS 633  Rare Books
  • LIS 688  Map Collections
  • LIS 687  Art Collections 
  • LIS 689  Special Collections
  • LIS 686  Performing Arts Librarianship at Lincoln Center, LPA, NYPL

6. Fieldwork and Practice-based Research - Internship

  • LIS 698 Practicum/ Seminar/ Practicum
We have developed a pedagogy that enables deep learning through our especially designed seminar labs, experiential learning by way of internships in NYC's leading cultural institutions and project-based courses.