School of Information Sciences - Library and Information Science Program

Archives and Information Science Specialization

(will appear on transcript)

Fall Term of Entry only.

Recordkeeping, from governmental to organizational to personal, is one of the most ancient and essential human and institutional functions. Records are created and maintained for purposes of evidence; accountability; and personal, social and corporate memory. Archives serve a crucial cultural function, providing society with a sense of identity and memory. Records management programs help organizations to be compliant with regulatory agencies, responsible to constituent groups, and effective and efficient in the use of informational resources. Critical to the administration of records is the maintenance of records over long periods of time, traditionally called preservation and now being influenced by discussions concerning digital curation and stewardship.

Our Archives and Information Science program is one of the leading programs of its kind in the United States. You can earn your MLIS degree here, gaining an in-depth knowledge of:

The career opportunities available to those students in this specialization are expanding beyond the traditional archives setting. Many of our graduates work in government agencies, institutions of higher education, professional organizations, corporations, and not-for-profits. For a selected list of employers of our graduates, please click here.

Our program will give you the skills and knowledge to identify and analyze recordkeeping systems from legal, evidential, historical, and cultural perspectives. Students study in an engaging and intellectually stimulating environment, taking courses in diverse topics including:

Field Experience Opportunities

You may also have the opportunity to work on research projects and publications. This program is designed to provide you with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for managing and making decisions concerning records in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings requiring archival and preservation expertise. As part of your course of study, you can gain critical experience through a for-credit field experience in an archives, library, arts or related organization. Before beginning a field experience, it is expected that the AIS student will have completed or be in the process of completing all the required AIS courses offered in the first two terms.

Required Sequencing for Courses

Students follow a prescribed course of study over a one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) program. This is an on-campus program of study, providing ample opportunity for face-to-face interaction with faculty.

This sequencing of courses provides a rigorous grounding in archival, preservation, and records management theory, methodology, and practice. Each course offers a careful building on theoretical knowledge and practical applications.

Full-Time One Year Program

Fall Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

LIS 2000 Understanding Information (required)

LIS 2222 Archival Appraisal(required)

Select up to 4 electives from those linked here

LIS 2220 Archives and Records Management (required)

LIS 2223 Archival, Advocacy and Ethics (elective)
LIS 2610 Library and Archival Computing (elective)

LIS 2970 Community Knowledge Practices (elective)

LIS 2924 Field Experience (optional)

LIS 2215 Preservation Management (required)

LIS 2674 Preserving Digital Culture (required)

 

LIS 2600 Introduction to Information Technologies or LIS 2610 Library and Archival Computing (required)

LIS 2224 Archival Access and Representation (required)

 

Part-time Two Year Program

Fall Term 1

Spring Term 1

Summer Term

LIS 2000 Understanding Information (required)

LIS 2222 Archival Appraisal (required)

Select up to 2 electives from those linked here

LIS 2220 Archives and Records Management (required)

LIS 2223 Archival, Advocacy and Ethics (elective)
LIS 2610 Library and Archival Computing (elective)

LIS 2970 Community Knowledge Practices (elective)

LIS 2924 Field Experience (optional)

Fall Term 2

Spring Term 2

Summer Term

LIS 2215 Preservation Management (required)

LIS 2674 Preserving Digital Culture (required)

Select up to 2 electives from those linked here

LIS 2600 Introduction to Information Technologies or LIS 2610 Library and Archival Computing (required)

LIS 2224 Archival Access and Representation (required)

LIS 2924 Field Experience (optional)

 

Faculty

The Archives and Information Science specialization is supported by a cadre of full-time regular faculty and adjunct faculty who are leading scholars and practitioners in the field. This program is among the small number of graduate programs in archives featuring more than one regular faculty member dedicated to teaching and research in this area. 

Richard J. Cox, Professor, Lead Faculty

Alison Langmead, Assistant Professor

Miriam Meislik, Media Curator, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Resources

Professional Organizations

 

For more information about this specialization, please contact our Student Recruitment Coordinator at lisinq@sis.pitt.edu or 412-648-3108. 

Strong Foundation

The blend of theory and application at the iSchool distinguishes its graduates in the job market, giving them a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical experience.