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LIU Offers Online Advanced Certificate in Archives & Records Management

Post-master’s program prepares students in all fields

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Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post
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Brookville, N.Y. -- The Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University has launched an online advanced certificate in archives and records management. Classes begin September 5.

Designed for those with master's degrees who hope to advance or change their career, the Advanced Certificate in Archives and Records Management provides a flexible course schedule through online study.

Archives and records management is a burgeoning field that plays an important role in the digital information age. Because all types of institutions create and maintain records, there are career opportunities in a variety of settings, such as corporations, government agencies, libraries, museums, historical societies, and non-profit organizations and associations.

"Effective recordkeeping is important for all professions and disciplines," said Dr. Gregory Hunter, the director of the Archives and Records Management Program and the Ph.D. in Information Studies at LIU Post (formerly the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University).  "Whether it is a corporation complying with Sarbanes-Oxley, a hospital implementing electronic health records, or a non-profit institution retaining records related to a grant project, the certificate program prepares professionals to handle and process vast amounts of information and maintain accessible records."

The 18-credit certificate program combines the study of archives -- storing information and documents over the long term -- with records management -- knowing how to properly use, maintain, store, distribute and eventually destroy or preserve important data. Students take one course in both topics and then choose three electives from such courses as Film and Media Collections, Introduction to Preservation, Digital Preservation, Rare Books and Special Collections, Appraisal of Archives and Manuscripts, and Electronic Records.

Students can elect to take the courses fully online or via a combination of online and on-campus instruction at Long Island University's three locations: LIU Post in Brookville, N.Y., at LIU Hudson in Westchester, N.Y. or the Palmer School's Manhattan Program at NYU's Bobst Library.

"Students can move at their own pace, but if they are in the New York City area and want to take a class face-to-face, we can accommodate their personal preferences," said Dr. Hunter. In addition to format flexibility, the LIU Post advanced certificate differs from other similar programs in that LIU students are not forced to move lock-step in a cohort.

The program covers content areas included in certification examinations administered by the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) and the Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM). The university's accomplished and knowledgeable faculty will be available to online students through both synchronous and asynchronous class activities. The final three credits can either be taken as an internship or as a master's capstone project. Students who elect to complete an internship do so at a location that is convenient for them.

The Archives and Records Management Certificate program is offered as part of the LIU Master's degree in Library and Information Science or as a separate post-master's certificate. In order to attain the certificate, students must complete the program concurrently with the Library Science master's or must hold a previously completed master's degree in any discipline.

Applications are currently being accepted. For more information, email program director greg.hunter@liu.edu.

Posted 07/06/2012

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