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Librarianship and Archival Practice

The Librarianship and Archival Practice mastery course, Capstone Projects in Librarianship and Archival Practice, is a project course in which you will synthesize your previous coursework as you accomplish real-world professional goals. It differs from other UMSI courses, because the focus is on application of that synthesized knowledge, not on acquiring new knowledge.

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, cataloguing, 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;
  • and community engagement and partnerships: projects that assess community needs, identify service gaps and opportunities, seek and nurture new relationships with partner organizations or communities.

Your work will be conducted in collaboration with a mentor within a professional organization. In very rare cases, you may propose a project to be conducted without a mentor in the field. Class meetings provide opportunities for feedback from peers and the instructor, and the chance to discuss current issues facing information professions. To maximize the growth and impact of your project during this semester, you will work with the instructor in the semesters leading up to the course to identify relevant prerequisite courses and select a project focus.

Connecting Information & Communities Stream

Required courses:

SI 501: Contextual Inquiry and Consulting Foundations

SI 506: Programming I

SI 547: Engaging with Communities

SI XXX: Information Ethics (new course under development)

Plus one of:

SI 580: Understanding Records and Archives

SI 647: Information Resources and Services

Plus three of:

SI 643: Instructional Skills for Information Professionals

SI 623: Research Methods for Information Professionals

SI 530: Principles of Management

SI 688: Global Information Engagement Program

Plus two of:

SI XXX: Assessment & Evaluation of Services, Programs, and Collections (new course under development)

SI 632: Appraisal and Collections Management

SI 538: Citizen Interaction Design

Recommended:

SI XXX: Preservation (new course under development)

SI 552: Introduction to Accessibility

SI 519 Intellectual Property and Information Law

Managing & Sustaining Collections Stream

Required courses:

SI 501: Contextual Inquiry and Consulting Foundations

SI 506: Programming I

SI XXX: Information Ethics (new course under development)

Plus one of:

SI 580: Understanding Records and Archives

SI 647: Information Resources and Services

Plus three of:

SI 666: Organization of Information

SI 667: Foundations of Digital Curation

SI 623: Research Methods for Information Professionals

SI 530: Principles of Management

Plus two of:

SI XXX: Assessment & Evaluation of Services, Programs, and Collections (new course under development)

SI 632: Appraisal and Collections Management

SI XXX: Records Management & Accountability (new course under development)

Recommended:

SI 519: Intellectual Property and Information Law

SI XXX: Preservation (new course under development)