The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Library Science

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Library Science is available to college graduates with a
baccalaureate degree who desire to enter the workforce as library paraprofessionals. Paraprofessionals provide
necessary support for the professional library staff and account for over eighty percent of library positions
held in Louisiana. The Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts that employment for library
paraprofessionals will continue to increase at a rate of 5% per year.

This is an entirely online certificate.

Student Profile

This certificate program is for those who hold baccalaureate degrees and who meet the admissions requirements.
Students will learn the skills necessary to provide professional support services in public and academic libraries
with minimal on-the-job training.

Course Requirements

Students are required to complete the following five courses:

  • LIS 2000 Introduction to Information & Society
  • LIS 3000 Libraries in the Information Age
  • LIS 3002 Introduction to Library Public Services
  • LIS 3004 Introduction to Technical Services
  • LIS 3006 Introduction to Collection Development.


Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college with a minimum
GPA of 2.75.


Dr. Carol Barry