The PI specialization teaches the principles and knowledge of preservation administration across all media and formats. Areas covered include collection evaluation and threat assessments, preservation policies, facilities and environmental controls, and resources and stable funding models.
Students benefit from faculty with extensive professional experience in preservation and who are among the top researchers in the field. Program strengths include a strong focus on archival practice and digital technologies. In addition, students of the University of Michigan can access a formidable set of preservation resources, labs, collections, and more.
MSI graduates with a PI specialization help to make documents and materials accessible online and to manage continued access over time. PI specialists are experts in digital and analog preservation administration, preservation digitization and reformatting, preservation planning and policy setting, and standards for digital data curation.
Career Industry Areas: University or public library/special collections, educational institutions, nonprofits, cultural institutions, government agencies, publishing information repositories, consumer goods corporations, service corporations, information collection and delivery organizations
Career Titles: Preservation officer/manager, digital preservation specialist, data/digital curator, Web archivist, digital collections manager, digital preservation project manager
Employment Outlook: Job prospects for PI graduates is expected to be strong.The growth area for preservation graduates is connected to our increasingly digitized world. Jobs are expected to grow as public and private organizations are requiring organization of and access to increasing volumes of historical and present day records and information.
Students gain valuable experience in southeast Michigan and around the globe. Recent internship sites include:
Organizations employing MSI-PI graduates have included:
In addition to the specialization requirements below, students must meet all of the degree requirements of the 48-credit MSI program, including foundations, distributions, practical engagement, cognate, and electives.
PI Students must complete 12 credits from the list below, including SI 581 which is required:
The PI faculty coordinator is Paul Conway.