Earn your Archives and Special Collections Certificate online from Southern Miss!
Discover the world of Archives and Special Collections in the School of Library and Information Science. This fully online archives and special collections certificate relates the subjects of archival history, theory, methods, organization and ethics with an archival practicum. This convenient and affordable course of study can be taken as part of a student’s MLIS degree or as a post-master’s certificate for those holding an MLS from an ALA-accredited program. This is your life, plus college.
Interested in other degrees in this field? Southern Miss also offers a BS in Library and Information Science online degree, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science online degree.
The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools of Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). That means you can expect a program with the highest standards and quality.
The 18-credit hour certificate combines online coursework related to archival history, theory, methods, organization, and ethics, with an archival practicum. This course of study can be taken as part of a student’s MLIS degree or as a post-master’s certificate for those holding a master’s degree in a related field. Non-LIS graduate students are required to take LIS 505 – Cataloging and Classification as a prerequisite. Only 12 hours can be counted toward both the certificate and the MLIS degree.
Program Goals / Objectives
To prepare students for careers in archives and related fields such as special collections, museums, and digital libraries.
Introduction to Archival Theory and Practice
Introduction to Archival Organization
Metadata for Digital Collections
Cataloging Multimedia Objects
History of the Book
British Studies: Studies in Librarianship
History of Libraries and Librarianship
History of Children's Literature
Special Problems in Librarianship
After successfully completing the required coursework, students are required to write a 2500 to 4500-word paper on an approved topic related to archives, special collections, or digitization that is approved by faculty teaching archival-related courses.
Please note that the above information is meant to be a guide and is not official. For further information regarding courses for this degree, see the University Bulletin. Please be aware that not all course choices listed in the University Bulletin are available online. However, sufficient online options are available to complete this degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
• LIS 646: Special Collections and Archives
• LIS 647: Introduction to Archival Organization
• LIS 648: Archival Practicum
• LIS 675: Seminar in the Organization of Material: Introduction to Digital Libraries
• LIS 675: Seminar in the Organization of Material: Metadata
Electives (choose one):
• LIS 506: Advanced Cataloging and Classification
• LIS 558: Internet Resources and Applications
• LIS 631: History of Libraries
• LIS 634: History of Children’s Literature
No, currently the certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid.
Yes, after completing the required coursework, students are required to write a 2500-word paper on an approved topic related to archives, special collections, or digitization that is approved by faculty teaching archival-related courses.
Graduate students may earn the Certificate while working on their graduate degree or those who have already earned a graduate degree may register as a non-degree student and take classes to earn the Certificate.
Yes, non-LIS graduate students are required to take LIS 505: Cataloging and Classification as a prerequisite.
Non-LIS majors may contact the School of Library and Information Science and request permission to enroll in the required courses.
Please visit our programs page here: https://online.usm.edu/programs/
In addition to the requirements detailed in Admission Requirements and Procedures, applicants must submit the following documents:
- Statement of Purpose – In a 1-2 page essay, describe your interests in the archival certificate, types of special collections, archives, or repositories of interest, and your potential contributions to the career field.
Program Requirements and Academic Policies
After successfully completing the required coursework, students are required to write a 2500 to 4500-word paper on a pre-approved topic related to archives, special collections, or digitization.