Use conservation and digital curation practices in both physical and digital contexts, including born-digital collections, across GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums).

Book digitization

The Advanced Certificate in Conservation and Digital Curation features hands-on experiential learning for which students work in conservation labs and on digital curation projects in NYC’s leading institutions, such as Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Public Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Art Reference Library, MoMA, American Museum of Natural History and Brooklyn Historical Society, among others. The program is designed to meet the needs of today’s information society through its cutting-edge approach that integrates physical and digital conservation and digital curation across media and collections. This integration has become inextricably linked through the ubiquitous use of digital tools and emerging technologies for best practices in the conservation of rare books, manuscripts, art on paper, photography, film and video, and the digital curation of collections and exhibitions focusing on their organization, description, access, digitization, and use.

By the end of this program, students will:

  1. Gain critical understanding of conservation and digital curation theory and practice for both physical and digital collections for galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM).
  2. Understand and acquire the skills needed to carryout conservation work including paper-based materials and other physical and digital media such as film and video, and digitized collections.
  3. Understand and apply best practices for conservation and digital curation and acquire technical skills to work in a professional conservation lab. 
  4. Apply digital conservation strategies and techniques.
  5. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to curate collections for access and use across a range of activities and purposes including: organization, description, digitization, narration, and exhibition.
  6. Carryout professional-level work, and do fieldwork for research on topics related to conservation and digital curation through practicum and internships in libraries, archives, and museums.

Advanced Certificate Requirements

The Advanced Certificate in Conservation and Digital Curation consists of 12 credits (four 3-credit courses), each representing one of three required areas of study (see below). Courses must be completed with a B average or better. This program is designed to be taken within the School of Information's MS MSLIS or MS in Museums and Digital Culture programs. All students enrolled in these masters’ programs can choose to take the advanced certificate. The program can also be taken as a post-master’s advanced certificate.

Conservation (2 courses, 6 credits)
Choose two courses from the list below: 
INFO 632 Conservation & Preservation
INFO 634 Conservation Lab
INFO 655 Digital Preservation & Curation

Digital Curation (1 course, 3 credits)
Choose one course from the list below:
INFO 629 Art Collections: Research & Documentation
INFO 661 Art Documentation
INFO 647 Visual Resources Management
INFO 669 Digital Asset & Media Management
INFO 670 Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives & Museums
INFO 665 Projects in Digital Archives
INFO 668 Projects in Moving Image & Sound Archives

Field Experience and Research Project
INFO 698 Practicum/Seminar

Admissions Requirements

Use conservation and digital curation practices in both physical and digital contexts, including born-digital collections, across GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums). This advanced certificate can be taken within the School of Information's MS in Library and Information Science or MS in Museums and Digital Culture. It can also be taken as a post-master’s program.

Applicants to the post-master’s advanced certificate program must:

  • hold a master's degree in library science, information science, or similar, from an accredited university
  • submit the online application form, non-refundable application fee, and official transcripts (uploaded online at application)
  • submit a statement of purpose (approximately two pages) online
  • submit a current resume online
  • request two letters of recommendation online from employers, professors, or others able to judge the applicant’s potential for graduate study
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Questions? For admissions inquiries, please contact Graduate Admissions at 718.636.3514 or For all other inquiries, contact the School of Information at 212.647.7682 or For more information, you may also request a catalog and sign-up to attend an information session.    


Adv Certificate Conservation & Digital Curation

  • Semester 1

    Complete two of the following courses.

    INFO-632 Conservation and Preservation
    INFO-634 Conservation Lab
    INFO-655 Digital Preservation & Curation

  • Semester 2

    Complete one course from the following list:

    INFO-629 Art Collections: Research & Documentation
    INFO-647 Visual Resources Management
    INFO-661 Art Documentation
    INFO-669 Digital Asset & Media Management
    INFO-670 Linked Open Data for Libraries Archives and Museums
    Archives and Museums 
    INFO-665 Projects in Digital Archives
    INFO-668 Projects in Moving Image & Sound Archiving

  • Semester 3

    Complete this course:

    INFO-698 Practicum/Seminar Information Science