Digital Services and Emerging Technologies

Library services are increasingly migrating to the digital environment in both the building of collections and in patron interactions. This migration has encouraged the emergence of new LIS disciplines that have various titles such as digital librarianship or emerging technologies librarianship. Working in this environment requires technological skills and experience, an understanding of metadata, and an ability to create and manage digital content. Read more about both the Digital Services Pathway and the Emerging Technologies pathway.

There is a close relationship between the Digital Services and the Emerging Technologies Pathways. The Digital Services pathway focuses on the technical and usability aspects of building digital platforms for users. The Emerging Technologies pathway focuses more on the user experience. Students might want to mix and match classes from both pathways.

All new students in the Post-Master's Certificate program begin their studies by completing a one-unit course that introduces them to our school's sophisticated online learning environment: 203 Online Learning: Tools and Strategies for Success.

Certificate students may select a total of 15 units pulled from the Foundation and Recommended Courses in the Digital Services Pathway and/or the Emerging Technologies pathways . You will have access to a wide range of offerings such as web design and programming (HTML 5 and CSS), several programming languages such as PHP, MySQL, JavaScript/jQuery, digital asset management, metadata, XML the hyperlinked library– emerging trends, emerging technologies, web usability, user experience, mobile devices -services and applications, cybersecurity, data science, text/data mining, and more from which to choose.

If you wish you may select (as one of your elective classes) to do a 3 unit internship (place based or virtual). Note: Certificate students can take only one internship for a maximum of 3 units.

In order to see detailed information regarding course content, check out the class syllabi.

In particular, check out syllabi for Info 240, Info 246, Info 251, Info 281, Info 284, Info 287.

Courses are regularly updated to ensure they include the most current content possible. When you are enrolled in a course, you'll have access to the current syllabus for that course, before it begins. As a certificate program student, you are not required to meet prerequisites, but the instructors will expect you to keep up with the class.

Effective Fall 2014 – After completing 16 units required in the Post-Master’s Certificate program, as a final step before earning their certificate, students demonstrate their mastery of the program's student learning outcomes by:

  1. Selecting a communication technology tool of their choice (e.g. screencast, blog)
  2. Using the selected communication tool to briefly illustrate how their course work helped them master the Post-Master’s Certificate program's overarching student learning outcomes, as follows:  
  • Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies
  • Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information