Integrate digital museum collections and services with physical places and resources and engage with users through museum education and outreach.

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The Advanced Certificate in Museum Libraries, covers the full range of knowledge and skills students need to advance the mission of libraries in 21st century museums and cultural institutions. Featuring practicum partnerships with the Metropolitan Museum of Art Watson Library, the Frick Art Reference Library, and the libraries and archives at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society, Guggenheim Museum, and Whitney Museum, the program prepares students for the expanding roles of museum librarians in education and outreach, digital collections, services, tools, and technologies. 

Advanced Certificate Requirements

The Advanced Certificate in Museum Libraries consists of 12 credits (four 3-credit courses) across four areas of study (see below). Courses must be completed with a B average or better. The program can be taken as a stand-alone program or within the School of Information's MSLIS program.

1. Research and Curatorial Practice (1 course, 3 credits)
Choose one course from the list below:

INFO 629 Art Collections: Research & Documentation 
INFO 632 Conservation & Preservation
INFO 637 Conservation Lab 
INFO 655 Digital Preservation & Curation
INFO 647 Visual Resources Management
INFO 661 Art Documentation
INFO 667 Art Librarianship
INFO 670 Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives & Museums
INFO 688 Institute on Map Collections
INFO 695 Photography Collections

2. Digital Technology (1 course, 3 credits)
Choose one course from the list below:

INFO 638 Web Development
INFO 643 Information Architecture & Interaction Design
INFO 644 Usability Theory & Practice
INFO 664 Programming for Cultural Heritage
INFO 666 Projects in Rare Books & Digitization
INFO 679 Museums & Digital Culture: Theory & Practice

3. Education and Outreach (1 course, 3 credits)
Choose one course from the list below:
INFO 681 Community Building & Engagement
INFO 675 Museum & Library Education & Outreach

4. Field Experience (1 course, 3 credits)
INFO 698 Practicum/Seminar

Admissions Requirements

This advanced certificate can be taken within the School of Information's MS in Library and Information Science program, or it can be taken as a post-master’s advanced certificate.  

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

  • Hold a master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited Masters program.  
  • Submit the online application form, non-refundable application fee, and official transcripts (uploaded online at application)
  • submit a statement of purpose (approximately two pages)
  • submit a current resume
  • request two letters of recommendation on the application from employers, professors, or others able to judge the applicant’s potential for graduate study
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Certificate Coordinator
Anthony Cocciolo, Ed.D.
Associate Professor

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.