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.
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 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.
Students who do not wish to obtain a graduate degree may begin enrolling in the ASC courses upon admission into the ASC program.
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
If you have any further questions about the ASC Program, please do not hesitate to contact Melvin Hale.