The mission of the Professional Education program at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies (iSchool) is to help library and information management professionals acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to advance, change, or refocus their careers. Each program is designed to help professionals gain a specific, targeted knowledge or skill set, while allowing them to continue to work. Maryland’s iSchool is committed to providing quality professional and continuing education opportunities to library and information professionals. These opportunities include short courses, webcasts, workshops, and other experiences, both in-person and virtually.
Maryland’s iSchool is uniquely qualified to deliver non-traditional educational opportunities to professionals in the library, archives, and information management community. Faculty at the iSchool are world-class leaders in the information management community and are well-respected educators, providing students with not only theoretical knowledge, but the critical and practical expertise needed for professional success. In addition, the College is home to over twenty research labs and centers, funded through a network of government, non-profit, and for-profit grants and awards. These centers and the Faculty at the iSchool represent a collective research and professional community with its pulse on changing trends in the information management profession.
Digital Curation for Information Professionals (DCIP) Certificate Program
The Digital Curation for Information Professionals (DCIP) Certificate Program is a continuing education opportunity that teaches professionals how to manage an organization's digital assets and records, inclusive of creation, management, use, and preservation. This three course, online, non-credit program is designed for working professionals who would like training in next-generation cloud computing technologies, tools, resources, and best practices to help them evaluate, select, and implement digital curation solutions.
School Library (CSL) Certificate
This eight course, fully-online certificate program will allow individuals with a master’s degree and teaching experience in an elementary or secondary school to complete the coursework necessary to qualify for certification as a school librarian (library media specialist) in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, or other states with comparable requirements. The certificate program is designed especially for individuals who are working in an elementary or secondary school library setting while completing the required coursework, and individuals may be able to complete the eight courses within an 18 month period.
Youth Experience (YX) Certificate
The Youth Experience (YX) Certificate, a four-course, all-online graduate certificate, will build your capacity to adapt to the changing landscape of youth learning and technology. The core of the certificate is its emphasis on learning sciences, including critical aspects of promoting learning using technology such as adult mentorship, partnership, participatory design, and design thinking in the context of learning in libraries.