Library & Information Science (MS)/Archives Management Concentration
The demand for archivists has expanded as society has become more aware of the value of preserving our heritage and records. The Archives Management Concentration prepares students to work effectively as archivists who collect, appraise, and preserve documents and materials found in manuscripts, moving images and photographs, oral-history recordings, multimedia, government records, and literary correspondence. They work in varied settings, such as public archives, colleges and universities, museums and cultural heritage sites, photographic and film collections, public libraries, foundations, government agencies, and corporations.
Some of these positions have grown out of field placements from archives programs, like the one at Simmons GSLIS. Due to its strategic location in historic New England, Simmons offers students access to resources for study and research not found in other parts of the country; students who graduate with the Archives Management Concentration typically find employment in archives of all kinds. Opportunities include:
- Processing Archivist: Arrange archival materials in folders and boxes, and create finding aids that describe the contents of a collection.
- Reference Archivist: Assist researchers in finding relevant materials.
- Digital Assets Archivist: Manage the digital holdings of an archive, including digital photographs and computer files. Digitize important collections and maintain online access to these materials.
- Preservationist: Specialize in protecting archival materials from the damage that can arise from weather, environmental conditions, natural disasters, and age.