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University of Michigan School of Information


Digital Curation

The Digital Curation mastery course prepares you for careers in data management, access, and preservation in many different venues: research libraries as data services librarians and digital collections managers, digital archives and domain repositories (e.g. ICPSR, NOAA and NASA data centers, NCAR), the publishing and entertainment industry as digital product managers, corporations and not-for-profits as internal data management specialists, and as consultants. 

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.

When you complete the course, you will be fully prepared to participate in, manage, and create elements of the rapidly developing digital curation infrastructure that is the outcome of efforts by industry, government and not-for-profit entities.

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 504: Servers, The Shell, and Git 

SI 506: Programming I

SI 666: Organization of Information Resources

SI 667: Foundations of Digital Curation

SI 676: Networked Services for Libraries, Archives, and Museums

SI 510: Information Ethics

Plus one of:

SI 580: Understanding Records and Archives

SI 647: Information Resources and Services

Plus two of:

SI 539: Web Design: Responsiveness and Accessibility

SI 564: SQL and Databases AND SI 639: Web Archiving

SI 585: Scholarly Communication

SI 622: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation

SI 633: Assessment in Cultural Institutions

Plus the mastery course:

SI 699: Digital Curation


SI 519: Intellectual Property and Information Law 

SI 520: Graphic Design and Visual Communications

SI 552: Introduction to Accessibility

SI 626: Management in Libraries & Non-Profit Organizations

SI 649: Information Visualization