Archives and Preservation Concentration Coordinator: Marija Dalbello, Ph.D.
This concentration prepares you to assume roles where you identify and preserve analog and digital records as trustworthy evidence and memory of the activities of individuals, families and organizations. Additionally, you will:
- Learn how to make records accessible to current users and future generations in heritage institutions and how to make them available to the public.
- Explore the institutions preserving cultural and scientific knowledge amid the changing perspectives and in diverse social contexts.
- Learn about the tensions around privacy, access and memorial contestation as well as about the role of records, documents and archival institutions in human rights and social justice.
Concentration Goals and Objectives
You will learn the skills you need to perform preservation roles in organizations and for stewardship across media forms, including digital objects and digitized materials. You will become proficient in appraising records for acquisition and selection, planning, executing and monitoring preservation actions and processes, and in creating a wide range of research tools aimed to make the holdings of archives known to the public.
Courses focus on:
- Archival theory of arrangement and description
- Appraisal theories and practices for diverse organizations
- Preservation principles
- Technology migration management
We emphasize the ethical dimension and policy grounding surrounding preservation and archives.
Requirements for Archives and Preservation Concentration:
36 credits, plus 3 zero-credit courses
Zero-credit Courses (required for all students):
- 17:610:501 Introduction to Library and Information Professions
- 17:610:502 Colloquium in Library and Information Studies
- 17:610:503 Professional Capstone
Minimum Technology Course Requirement (3 credits):
Note: This course is required for Library & Information Science students. For the other concentrations, our program assumes that students have attained the competencies and objectives listed for 550. Please look at the course to determine if you meet the standards. If you do not, you must also take this course. If you have any questions, contact Associate Teaching Professor of Library and Information Science Anselm Spoerri.
Foundational Requirements (Select 2 courses / 6 credits):
Note: Refer to the specific course study plans to see if a particular foundation course is required for your concentration.
- 17:610:510 Human Information Behavior
- 17:610:520 Organizing Information
- 17:610:570 Management Principles in Information Organizations
- 17:610:580 Knowledge and Society (required for Archives Concentration)
Concentration-specific Requirements (Select 4 courses / 12 credits):
- 17:610:583 Foundations of Preservation and Archives
- 17:610:533 Manuscripts and Archives
- 17:610:534 Records Management
- 17:610:556 Preservation of Library and Archival Materials
Electives (Select 3 courses / 9 credits)
- 17:610:522 Cataloging and Classification
- 17:610:524 Metadata for the Information Professional
- 17:610:554 Information Visualization and Presentation
- 17:610:555 Multimedia Production
- 17:610:557 Database Design and Management
- 17:610:586 The History of Books, Documents, and Records in Print and Electronic Environment
- 5xx: Special Topics: Data Curation
- 5xx: Special Topics: Digital Preservation
General Electives (Select 2-3 courses / 6-9 credits)
- Field Experience
- This must be arranged only with official sites and include organized learning experience.
- Individual Study
- One individual study is allowed with full-time faculty only.
- Any course in the MI program at SC&I and/or the Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) program in Rutgers’ Department of Art History.
So that your general elective courses and field experience match your career objectives, they are subject to the approval of Professor of Library and Information Science Marija Dalbello, who serves as the Archives and Preservation Concentration faculty coordinator. Please see the Archives and Preservation Concentration Requirement worksheet for additional information.