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Instruction & Teaching for Librarians & Information Professionals

Graduate Certificate

Build the skills necessary to create and deliver innovative, culturally competent information literacy instruction within the library and information environment.


Keep pace with advances in instruction methodologies and new technologies in the field of library and information science. This certificate will provide you with the foundational knowledge necessary to become an effective teacher and instructional designer.

Explore topics including information literacy pedagogy, instructional design principles, online learning and assessment of learning outcomes. Examine teaching and learning from different cultural perspectives and investigate how culture and language play a role in how students learn in different environments. You will also have the opportunity to complete a capstone or internship project and receive hands-on practice in information literacy instruction.

This certificate is designed to either be a stand-alone program or to be combined with the MA in Library and Information Science. Earning the certificate alongside the full degree allows you to complete a distinct specialty that is identified on your transcripts and prepares you to pursue advanced career opportunities in the field.

If you have specific questions about the program, please contact Barb Vandervelde, Manager of Administration at

Career Level: Graduate Certificate
Degree: Graduate Certificate
College: College of Social And Behavioral Sciences

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $900
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

The curriculum for this degree program includes:

  • LIS 581 Information Literacy Pedagogy is a seminar-style course that provides students with a foundation for pedagogy of information literacy instruction in libraries and similar settings. Understanding the identity and evolution of teaching librarians, associated learning theories, instructional praxis, and the current state of professional conversations about teaching and learning, students in this course will begin to situate themselves as library educators.
  • LIS 583 eLearning for Librarians and Other Information Professionals focuses on developing the practical skills needed to develop high-quality, online, multimedia learning objects. Starting from a cognitive processing framework, students will examine evidence-based learning principles and how they are applied to online multimedia materials.
  • LIS 586 Learning Design for Librarians and Other Information Professionals introduces the concept of learning design, engaging students in examining models, principles, and practice for library instruction. The course explores in depth the context of instructional design models and how they fit in with the larger pedagogy of information literacy and library instruction.
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