Pratt Institute

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies


200 Willoughby Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11205

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This innovative program prepares information professionals for careers in museum libraries, archives, and special collections in today’s global digital world.

The Advanced Certificate in Museum Libraries, the only such program in the U.S. is designed for students considering careers in museum libraries and related cultural institutions with research libraries. Students acquire the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of working in today's dynamic information environment of the museum field and are able to forge new connections between real and virtual museum libraries and engage with their users across physical and digital collections and services. Program participants also gain skills in museum education and outreach in museums and their global networked environments.

Program Description

This 12-credit Advanced Certificate in Museum Libraries can be taken within the MSLIS, and within the MS in Museums and Digital Culture. It can also be completed as a post-master's advanced Certificate for students holding a masters in LIS or museums.

The Advanced Certificate in Museum Libraries consists of four 3-credit courses (12 credits), each representing one of four required areas of study: 1) Research and Curation, 2) Digital Tools and Technology, 3) Education and Outreach, and 4) Field Experience and research.

The curriculum is supported by a rich array of courses. As the first certificate program to focus on museum libraries, its curriculum speaks to commonalities and digital convergence across museums, libraries, and archives.

At the heart of the museum libraries certificate is the practicum that serves to connect theory with practice and includes a culminating project. Through our practicum partnerships for museum library education with the Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Art Reference Library, and the library and archives at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society, Guggenheim Museum and Whitney Museum, student have entrée to exceptional learning opportunities with best practices institutions. The certificate draws its strengths from the expanding roles of museum librarians in education and outreach, digital collections, services, tools, and technology. The curriculum transforms the education of museum librarians by actively defining the full range of knowledge and skills they will need to advance the mission of libraries in 21st century museums and cultural institutions.

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Classification: Specialized Institution—School of art, music, or design

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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