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Additional Program Options

Certificate of Special Study

Library and information science professionals who have earned an MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited program may pursue the Certificate of Special Study (CSS). The Certificate program enables professionals to:

  • Develop, upgrade and update current skills and knowledge
  • Acquire knowledge in the operation of and planning for special services
  • Learn the impact and potential of new technologies on library services
  • Assume more administrative responsibilities in the information field

The CSS requires 15 semester credits (five courses) beyond the MLIS degree. In consultation with a faculty advisor, CSS students design a customized plan of study to meet their career objectives. Such areas of study may include technical services, knowledge management, library services for children and more.

Federal Gainful Employment Information for Certificates

Federal regulations require that all institutions disclose certain information and statistics regarding non-degree, certificate programs.

View government-required gainful-employment data provided by St. Kate's.

MAOL Informa​tion Services and Technology Concentration

Choose this option if you lead, or want to lead, an information services or system unit within an organization. The Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) will give you the tools to manage knowledge and information through the use of various technologies. Coursework drawn from St. Catherine’s MLIS program will enrich your “information toolbox,” while emphasis on ethics and leadership will give you a solid grounding for dealing with current issues-such as collecting competitive intelligence.

MAOL Library Leadership Certificate

Today’s library professionals are shaping the future of their profession while maintaining the integrity of traditional librarianship. They meet that challenge by recognizing themselves as leaders and by developing the skills and confidence needed to promote change within their organizations and communities. The library Leadership certificate is for librarians and information specialists who are currently in, or wish to pursue, advanced leadership roles. The certificate helps specialists develop as leaders, enhance existing skills and expand their abilities to be effective, ethical and enduring leaders within all levels of their field.