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Capstone Projects in Librarianship and Archival Practice: Managing and Sustaining Collections

The Capstone Projects in Librarianship and Archival Practice: Managing and Sustaining Collections mastery course is a project course in which you will synthesize your previous coursework as you accomplish real-world professional goals. The Managing and Sustaining Collections mastery course pathway prepares students for careers in academic libraries and archives. Typical job titles for graduates include collection development librarian, assessment librarian, reference librarian, scholarly communication librarian, field archivist, university archives and records archivist.

UMSI Mastery courses are special types of courses that allow you to demonstrate synthesis of the major theories, methods, and approaches to inquiry and/or schools of practice necessary for entry into a particular career in the information professions.

This course provides an in-depth capstone experience to those pursuing careers in librarianship and/or archival practice. Based on skills, experiences, and knowledge developed in prerequisite courses, you (alone or with a partner) will assume primary responsibility for planning, carrying out, and evaluating a significant project of approximately 100 hours that aligns to one or more of these professional themes:

  • Collections: projects related to materials selection, processing, metadata, cataloging, weeding, and/or outreach;
  • Instruction, programs, or events: projects about the planning, facilitation, project management, marketing, and/or evaluation of formal and informal learning activities or community events;
  • Community engagement and partnerships: projects that assess community needs, identify service gaps and opportunities, seek and nurture new relationships with partner organizations or communities.

Note: Current students should refer to the MSI Academic Advising Resource site to ensure they are accessing the most up-to-date curricular information for their specific cohort.

Required courses:

SI 501: Contextual Inquiry and Consulting Foundations

SI 506: Programming I

SI 623: Research Methods for Information Professionals

SI 510: Information Ethics

Plus one of:

SI 580: Understanding Records and Archives

SI 647: Information Resources and Services

Plus four of:

SI 583: Managing Accountability through Recordkeeping

SI 585: Scholarly Communication

SI 626: Management in Libraries & Non-Profit Organizations

SI 632: Appraisal and Collection Development

SI 633: Assessment in Cultural Institutions

SI 666: Organization of Information

SI 667: Foundations of Digital Curation

Plus the mastery course:

SI 699: Capstone Projects in Librarianship and Archival Practice: Managing and Sustaining Collections


SI 519: Intellectual Property and Information Law

SI 539: Web Design: Responsiveness and Accessibility

SI 552: Introduction to Accessibility

SI 581: Preserving Information Resources in a Digital Age 

SI 622: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation

SI 639: Web Archiving