Make the past your future.

Our students are passionate about cultural heritage in all its forms, including rare books, manuscripts, archives, art objects, and all types of digital information. Simmons graduates are at the forefront in making cultural heritage accessible and in preserving it for future generations.

This unique concentration builds upon Simmons' top rated programs in library and information science and archives management. You'll gain a solid foundation in collecting, preserving, and exhibiting cultural heritage in both physical and digital form. You'll apply what you've learned through internships and practical engagement activities in a wide range of cultural heritage institutions.

Our home in historic New England offers resources and research not found in other parts of the country. Our students find successful careers in varied settings, including library special collections, archives, museums, historical societies and a wide range of public and private agencies charged with preserving cultural heritage today.
Program Requirements

LIS Core Courses: 

  • LIS 415: Information Organization 
  • LIS 407: Reference/Information Services 
  • LIS 488: Technology for Information Professionals

Students are required to take LIS 407, LIS 415, and LIS 488 within their first 12 credits. * School Library Teacher Program and Archives Concentration students should see their respective program pages for specific requirements as they are different than those of other programs.

Four Core Cultural Heritage Courses:

  • LIS 432 Concepts in Cultural Heritage Informatics
  • LIS 438 Introduction to Archival Methods and Services 
  • LIS 439 Preservation Management
  • LIS 448 Digital Stewardship

Five Elective Courses:

The CHI electives are grouped into the following topical pathways as guidance for students. Those in the CHI master’s concentration may take any three of the courses listed below and two other electives from all LIS courses available. For students in other programs, each pathway includes an optional “gateway” course that provides a broad survey of key issues or themes for each topic.

Digital Stewardship:

  • LIS 445 Metadata
  • LIS 458 Database Management
  • LIS 469 XML

Special Collections Librarianship:

  • LIS 449 Rare Book & Special Collections Librarianship (Gateway)
  • LIS 425 History of the Book
  • LIS 462 Digital Libraries
  • LIS 445 Metadata 
  • LIS 447 Collection Maintenance

Art and Visual Resources Documentation:

  • LIS 446 Art Documentation (Gateway)
  • LIS 471 Photographic Archives & Visual Information 
  • ART 347 Art of the Gardner Museum (offered at 500 level)

For more details, see our course descriptions.

Updated per faculty vote, April 2016.

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