About


The Archives Studies Certificate Program (ASC) is an 18-credit hour certificate program through the School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) and Emporia State University’s Graduate Office. The goal of the Archives Studies Certificate Program is to prepare students for a career in an archives or special collections setting. Students learn:

  • ways of providing access to and preserving materials that are of enduring value and serve as the cultural memory of a society;
  • the uniqueness of archives materials and library special collections and the techniques and processes that are necessary to manage and maintain these materials and collections; and,
  • the diversity of the formats in which information is organized and delivered and the resulting complexity of information organization, storage, maintenance, and preservation.

Eligibility


Current SLIM MLS students may begin enrolling in the ASC Program while they are in the MLS Program. They may officially apply to the program and begin the admissions interview process, as well as enroll in some of the courses. After they have earned their MLS Degree, they may return to SLIM and complete the remaining ASC Program coursework.

Other graduate students at Emporia State University or another institution may begin enrolling in the ASC Program upon admission into the program.

SLIM alumni

SLIM alumni may begin taking any of the required ASC courses upon admission into the ASC program.

Other post-graduate students

Students who have a graduate degree in Library and Information Science from another institution may begin taking any of the required ASC courses upon admission into the ASC program.

Students who have a graduate degree in a related discipline from Emporia State University or another institution may begin taking any of the required ASC courses upon admission into the ASC program.

Non-graduate students

Students who do not wish to obtain a graduate degree may begin enrolling in the ASC courses upon admission into the ASC program.

Course requirements


Required Courses (15 Hours)

LI809   Introduction to Archives (3 hours)

LI818   Archival Arrangement and Description (3 hours) Prerequisite: LI809

LI827   Preservation Strategies (3 hours) Recommended: complete LI809 prior to enrolling enroll in LI809 concurrently

LI885   Bibliographic and Research Methods in Archives (3 hours)

LI873   Archives Practicum (3 hours)*

*Consent of the ASC Program Coordinator is required. Students may not enroll in this course before completing LI809 and LI818. Students must adhere to the practicum guidelines set forth in the LI873 Archives Practicum Handbook (PDF).

Elective Course Credit Hours (3 Hours)

Choice of three (3) credit hours from the following list of MLS electives:

LI849   Records and Information Management (3 hours)

Or three credit hours of MLS electives approved by the coordinator of SLIM’s ASC program.

Total Hours for Archives Studies Certificate: 18 hours

Course Descriptions

Application Instructions

Further Inquiries

If you have any further questions about the ASC Program, please do not hesitate to contact Kathie Buckman.