CAS in Digital Libraries

The Digital Libraries Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) program prepares students to be leaders in the library and information profession. Organized collections of digital information—whether text, images, numbers, or sound—are fast becoming society’s new libraries, places to go for organized information on a wide variety of topics. These new digital “libraries” are springing up in many organizational structures and under many auspices including, but not limited to, established libraries. Calling these digital collections “libraries” draws attention to components that organize the collections and services that contribute to their use. This certificate can be tailored to meet the needs of those who want to work with organizing and managing collections of digital information, either within or outside of established libraries. 

Development of digital libraries is moving rapidly. Challenges exist that will make the arena of digital libraries a fertile environment for innovation and creative implementation for many decades. These challenges include technical and information architecture, metadata, optimal retrieval engines, user-friendly design and display of information, institutional repositories for data and research outputs, archiving and preservation, and machine and human mediated services for using the collections.

Three themes run throughout courses in the Digital Libraries program:

  • Understanding users and their efficient access to information
  • Effective management of information and information organizations
  • Appropriate and effective use of information technologies

The Certificate of Advanced Studies is offered to both campus and online full-time and part-time students.


The CAS in Digital Libraries was created a decade ago to address a growing phenomenon. It was a field that had a broad professional and scholarly life and had the support of an NSF-sponsored research agenda as well as much excitement in the profession. Since then, the term “digital libraries” has become ubiquitous with a scope that now extends beyond traditional collections. What library is NOT at least in part a digital library?

Thus, it’s not that the topics covered in the CAS are no longer vital, but rather, that they have become integrated throughout the LIS curriculum. At the same time the focus has shifted to the broader issues of “digital data” and Data Sciences in general.

Current iSchool students have until May 31, 2014 to enroll in the CAS in Digital Libraries, if they would like to add this CAS to their course of study.  For those entering the iSchool after May 2014, an advising guide will be available to help them consider course selection in order to create an individualized track related to digital content in a library or information organization.


The most up-to-date curriculum information may be found on the Syracuse University Course Catalog.

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Some programs may have differing requirements. To view the specific requirement for this program view the CAS in Digital Libraries Checklist. If you have reviewed the requirements and are ready to apply, click the “Apply Now” button below to complete an online application.

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