Certificates

These Certificates are limited to students enrolled in the Master of Information (MI) program at Dalhousie University

Do you want to demonstrate achievement in a defined area of information management? Do you want to align your learning with specific career goals? Consider completing a MI Certificate.

Our Master of Information (MI) degree is versatile, giving students the knowledge and skills to work in many sectors and organizations. The curriculum responds to the ever-changing, broad-based nature of the information management field.

For MI students wanting a more specialized learning experience, we offer a suite of MI Certificates. These Certificates offer students the ability to concentrate their studies within the following areas: Librarianship, Librarianship – Youth & Children’s Services, Archives, User-Centred Design, Information Management and Policy, and Data Management. See below for more details.

Each certificate requires completion of three Elective Courses (9 Credits). During their degree, MI students can choose to complete up to two Certificates. If an elective course is included in one Certificate, it cannot be counted towards another. The electives within the Certificates will count toward both the Certificate and the Degree.

Visit our Courses Offered page for full details on each course, including syllabi

Questions? Contact Janet Music, MI Program Coordinator (jlmusic@dal.ca).

Librarianship

The Librarianship Certificate will recognize the particular knowledge, behaviours, skills, competencies and attitudes considered critical to success within the Library sector. The Librarianship Certificate aims to help students explore the theories, principles, and practices of modern librarianship. The foundations of modern librarianship rest on essential core values that reflect the history and ongoing developments in the practice. This certificate will prepare students with the application of standards, and bibliographic classification systems, while examining trends and future directions of relevant theories of learning and a consideration of how these approaches may be effectively managed for to engage communities. This certificate is reflective of a range of library settings including academic libraries, public libraries and special libraries.

Certificate Requirements:

In order to satisfy the requirements of this certificate, students must complete of the following 6 courses:

  • INFO 6320 Legal Literature and Librarianship
  • INFO 6330 Cataloguing and Classification
  • INFO 6500 Community-Led Services
  • INFO 6560 Information Resources Management
  • INFO 6750 Health Sciences Literature and Information Sources
  • INFO 6810 Managing Information Literacy Instruction

Librarianship: Youth & Children's Services

The Librarianship - Youth and Children’s Services Certificate will recognize the particular knowledge, behaviours, skills, competencies and attitudes considered critical to becoming a Youth Or Children’s Librarian. Research indicates the vital role libraries play in the intellectual and social development of children. The Youth and Children’s Services Certificate focusses on understanding the range of tools, processes and resources necessary to meet the ongoing needs of children and youth within modern libraries. The courses are designed to allow students to explore the key foundations of providing information based services to children and youth, including understanding the role of pleasure reading, and reading practices, as well as fostering an interest in technology.

Certificate Requirements:

In order to satisfy the requirements of this certificate, students must complete the following of the following courses:

  • INFO 6070 Reading and Reading Practices
  • INFO 6250 Services and Resources for Young Adults
  • INFO 6450 Services and Resources for Children
  • INFO 6500 Community-Led Services

Archives

The Archives Certificate will recognize the particular knowledge, behaviours, skills, competencies and attitudes considered critical to working in an Archival setting. The goal of the certificate is to provide students with the foundations of knowledge regarding modern archival work, focussing on a Canadian context. The suite of courses within the Certificate are designed to build from a basic to a more advanced understanding of the archives practice, as well as the core tools for description and to manage collections which range from print, to audio visual, and digital. Students will develop an understanding of the relevant standards and guidelines within archival science.

Certificate Requirements:

Required:

  • INFO 6800 Archives
  • INFO 6860 Archives II

Plus 1 of the following 3 courses:

  • INFO 6150 History of the Book
  • INFO 6370 Records Management
  • INFO 6840 Content Management Systems

User-Centred Design

The User-Centred Design Certificate will recognize the particular knowledge, behaviours, skills, competencies and attitudes considered critical to becoming a User-Centred Design Specialist. The goal of the certificate is to provide students with the foundations of knowledge regarding a human centred designing approach to services and tools. As organizations embrace digital platforms there is a growing need for skills related to the understanding the behaviour of users, and how to use this to information design. The suite of courses within the Certificate is designed to meet this need, and to develop within students an awareness of the principles of human centred design, based on an in-depth understanding of how humans interact and work with information, and best principles.

Certificate Requirements:

In order to satisfy the requirements of this certificate, student must complete the following 3 courses:

  • INFO 6630 User Experience
  • INFO 6620 Web Design & Architecture
  • INFO 6682 Human Information Interaction

Information Management & Policy

The Information Management and Policy Certificate will recognize the particular knowledge, behaviours, skills, competencies and attitudes considered critical to working in a broad range of Information Management and Information Policy contexts. The goal of the certificate is to provide students with the foundations of knowledge regarding the foundation of information management within a range of workplaces, as well as the key policy and legislative frameworks required to ensure privacy and security. Managing information, data and knowledge has become central to all organizations. The suite of courses within this Certificate is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and guiding principles to professionally manage information and data as corporate assets.

Certificate Requirements:

Required:

  • INFO 6370 Records Management
  • INFO 6400 Knowledge Management

Plus 1 of the following 3 courses:

  • INFO 6090 Culture of Privacy
  • INFO 6100 Information in Public Policy and Decision Making
  • INFO 6610 Information Policy

Data Management

The Data Management Certificate will recognize the particular knowledge, behaviours, skills, competencies and attitudes essential to working with data in a range of contexts, and using a variety of tools. The goal of the certificate is to provide students with the foundations of data management, as they relate to a number of different context, types of data, as well as expose students to modern data analysis and visualization tools. Skills related to data, including data literacy and management have become core to knowledge work, and this Certificate allows student to demonstrate their fluency with data.

Certificate Requirements:

In order to satisfy the requirements of this certificate, student must complete of the following 4 courses:

  • INFO 6270 Introduction to Data Science
  • INFO 6513 Business Analytics and Data Visualization
  • INFO 6681 Geospatial Information Management
  • INFO 6290 Managing Research Data