Digital Content Management

The Digital Content Management Graduate Academic Certificate (GAC) prepares information professionals to meet the challenges of managing the life cycle of digital assets regardless of their types and formats or their method of delivery. The courses provide theoretical foundation and conceptual tools through structured learning experiences and supervised class projects. Students will learn basic knowledge and technical skills necessary to manage digital content, build applications, and develop services that respond to institutional and individual user needs.

The Graduate Academic Certificate program is intended for two audiences:

Library and Information Science Professionals: Master’s degreed library and information science professionals who want to develop expertise in managing digital information by taking additional graduate level courses to receive an academic credential.

Other Professionals: Bachelor's or Master's degreed individuals who want to develop or enhance their knowledge and skills of managing digital information by taking graduate level courses to receive an academic credential.

Who needs this Certificate?

Potential and practicing information professionals who foresee being in a position to collect, organize, evaluate, or provide service to users on digital information.


No particular prerequisites for this GAC. However, courses listed under the GAC may have prerequisites that need to be satisfied. Students should consult the instructors prior to taking the individual courses.

Course Requirements

INFO 5740 Introduction to Digital Libraries. 3 hours. This course introduces the student to current research and the conceptual, practical, and technical issues in digital libraries. Theoretical foundations, technical infrastructures, knowledge organization, collection development, users & services, evaluation, as well as social, cultural, and policy issues are discussed. Students read papers and discuss related issues, evaluate a digital library of their choice, and write an in–depth term paper or conduct a class project.

INFO 5206 Information Retrieval Design. 3 hours. Study of design considerations in computer–based information retrieval systems, including conventional inverted file systems using Boolean logic and automatically indexed vector–oriented systems. Evaluation of information systems in the light of user and system criteria. Prerequisite(s): INFO 5200 or consent of department.

INFO 5223 Metadata and Networked Information Organization and Retrieval. 3 hours. Representation, organization and retrieval of networked information resources (NIR) using various forms of metadata. Examination and evaluation of key metadata schemes for representing and organizing NIR. Identification and use of metadata creation tools to build and manage metadata repositories. Explore implications for retrieval of NIR through search engines that exploit metadata. Prerequisite(s): INFO 5200 or consent of department.

INFO 5745 Information Architecture. 3 hours. This course introduces students to the basic concepts and components of Information Architecture, within the context of end–user and organizational needs. The goal of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the intellectual technologies necessary to design and implement effective and cost–efficient information technologies such as digital libraries, database systems, and a range of other web–accessible resources, as well as collaborative computer systems in organizational environments. This course focuses on the following elements of information delivery and knowledge systems: Organization of information, understanding and documenting user’s needs for web–based applications, human–computer interfaces, and issues related to usability and accessibility. 
Prerequisite(s): INFO 5200 and INFO 5814 or consent of department.

Once You Are Admitted

Once admitted, you will be assigned an advisor who will assist you in getting enrolled for classes and beginning the Graduate Academic Certificate Program.

Note: If you are a current IS Master’s student and you are applying for a GAC, please complete the Application for Concurrent Graduate Academic Certificate Programs (EUID and UNT password login required) so that your academic certificate program will show up on your transcript. If you do not complete the form before your graduating semester, the Toulouse Graduate School will not accept your request for the certificate.

Academic Certificate Completion Form and Request to Receive Your Certificate

Once you complete your course work, please submit the Request for Graduate Academic Certificate of Completion form to receive your certificate.

Contact Information:

Title Contact E-mail
Coordinator Dr. Oksana Zavalina
Asst. Dir., Student Support Services Rachel Hall
Department Chair Dr. Jiangping Chen