Library and Information Science: Archives Management Certificate

The Archives Management Certificate program prepares students for careers in both digital and physical archives. This degree is specifically designed for students who have already earned a Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school.


The demand for archivists has expanded as society has become more aware of the value of preserving our heritage and records. Archivists collect, appraise, and preserve documents and materials found in manuscripts, moving images and photographs, oral-history recordings, multimedia, government records, and literary correspondence.

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Ranked among the best

Simmons University is ranked #1 for Archives and Preservation by U.S.News and World Report.

Our students 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. New jobs have been created in public and private organizations, where archivists establish and maintain proper repositories for larger and more diverse collections of records.

We offer three ways for students to earn the Archives Management Certificate:

  1. Face-to-face in Boston
  2. Face-to-face in South Hadley
  3. Online

All SLIS Alumni admitted to the post-master's program receive a 50% discount off current Simmons tuition.

Core Courses

LIS438 Introduction to Archival Theory and Practice 3
LIS440 Archival Access and Use 3

One of the following courses

LIS439 Preservation Management 3
LIS444 Digital Preservation 3
LIS448 Digital Stewardship 3

One of the following courses

LIS433 Oral History 3
LIS441 Appraisal of Archives and Manuscripts 3
LIS443 Archives, History and Collective Memory 3
LIS456 Records Management Environments 3
LIS471 Photographic Archives 3
LIS472 Moving Image Archives 3
LIS476 Outreach and Advocacy for Cultural Heritage 3
LIS505M Government Archives 3

One elective course

Some relevant electives include:
LIS442 Establishing Archives and Manuscript Programs 3
LIS445 Metadata 3
LIS449 Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship 3
LIS462 Digital Libraries 3
LIS512 Advanced Field Experience in Library and Information Science 3

Spotlight on Archives Management Certificate Students and Alums

Steven D. Booth '09MS

Steven D. Booth '09MS Expands the Possibilities of Archival Work

Archivist and independent researcher Steven D. Booth '09MS was recently named a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. Booth has worked in both traditional and unconventional archival settings, including his current role at the Getty Research Institute, and is...

Megan Dowd Lambert ’02MA and partner Sean St. Marie ’19MS.

Linking History, Archives, Family, and a Love of Books

Simmons Lecturer Megan Dowd Lambert ’02MA and partner Sean St. Marie ’19MS purchase Modern Memoirs, Inc.