This 12-credit Advanced Certificate in Archives can be taken as part of a student's M.S.L.I.S. degree or as a post master's certificate for those holding an M.L.S. from as ALA accredited program.
Designed to prepare students for careers in digital and physical archives, as well as the related fields of special collections, digital libraries, and records management, this course of study focuses on archival theory, practice, and research. Considered part of the broader field of Cultural Informatics, archives and digital archives have wide application in today's information landscape.
To receive the archives certificate, matriculated Pratt SILS students must complete the following set of courses. There is no application for the archives certificate: those who complete the course requirements will automatically receive the certificate. For those already holding an M.L.S., please visit the Pratt Graduate Admissions website to apply for the Post-M.L.S. Archives Certificate, and complete the online application. The advanced certificate program will appear as an option, separate from the M.L.S. program, under degree programs within the application.
Four 3-credit courses:
Two Required Courses
LIS 625 Management of Archives & Special Collections
LIS 698 Practicum Internship in Archives and Archives Project.
Two courses from:
LIS 632 Conservation and Preservation
LIS 635 Archives Appraisal, Acquisition and Use
LIS 650 Principles of Records Management
LIS 665 Projects in Digital Archives
LIS 663 Metadata: Description and Access
LIS 669 Management of Electronic Records
LIS 670 Cultural Heritage: Description and Access
LIS 686 Performing Arts Librarianship at NYPL, LPA Lincoln Center
LIS 689 Special Collections Institutes
LIS 694 Film and Media Collections
LIS 695 Photography Collections at International Center for Photography
LIS 697 Cultural Heritage Conservation (Florence Summer Program with the SACI School)
LIS 697 Conservation Lab at Brooklyn College
LIS 681 Projects in Moving Image and Sound Archiving
Total = 12 credits (four 3-credit courses)
Recommended related elective courses
LIS 613 Government Information Sources
LIS 619 International Information Sources
LIS 660 Collection Management
LIS 662 Advanced Cataloging and Classification
LIS 655 Digital Preservation and Curation
Pratt SILS Archives Certificate Program is a registered program with NY State Department of Higher Education.
To read more about archives projects completed by Pratt SILS students and alumni, check out the following resources:
Archival Outlook: Sounds from the Past: Archives Students Give Voice to World War II Ambulance Drivers
New York Times: Leaving Cloister of Dusty Offices, Young Archivists Meet Like Minds
Library of Congress, The Signal: Students Saving Sounds: An Interview With Anthony Cocciolo
Evidence Based Library and Information Practice: Situating Student Learning in Rich Contexts: A Constructionist Approach to Digital Archives Education