The Archives and Records Management (ARM) specialization takes the best aspects of traditional archival teaching and research and applies them to novel problems of online access, digital preservation, and electronic records management. You'll learn from five internationally recognized faculty who teach in this specialization, four of whom are fellows of the Society of American Archivists.
Distinguishing features of the specialization include breadth (seven courses in ARM alone), emphasis on modern records and modern technology, and the combination of classroom instruction with practical engagement, providing opportunities for students to stretch the traditional boundaries of archival work.
MSI graduates with an ARM specialization are experts in providing organization and accessibility to ever increasing amounts of new information that is created day to day along with vast stores of historical information from personal, educational, medical, legal, commercial, and government domains.
Career Industry Areas: University or public library/special collection, cultural institution, government agency, publishing information repository, consumer goods corporation, service corporation, healthcare
Career Titles: Archivist, librarian, film and video archivist, digital asset manager, database librarian, electronic records manager, digital archivist, metadata specialist
Employment Outlook: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2009-2010, "faster than average employment growth is expected in the field of Archives through the year 2016." Demand for archivists who specialize in records management will grow more rapidly than the demand for archivists who specialize in older media formats. Those with highly specialized training, such as a master's degree in library science with concentration in archives and records management, practical experience, and extensive technical skills, will have stronger employment prospects.
Students gain valuable experience in southeast Michigan and around the globe. Recent internship sites include:
In this video, learn what Jarrett Drake, one of our current students, is doing in this area.
Organizations employing MSI-ARM graduates have included:
In addition to the specialization requirements below, ARM students must meet all of the degree requirements of the 48-credit MSI program, including foundations, distributions, practical engagement, cognate, and electives.
ARM students must complete 15 credits from the list below:
The ARM faculty coordinator is David Wallace.