Archives & Digital Content Management Courses
No minimum number required for the specialization. Certificate students must complete 4 courses plus the practicum.
- 6780: Records and Information Management
- 7710: Archival Administration (Required for certificate)
- 7730: Administration of Audio Visual Collections
- 7740: Archives and Libraries in the Digital World
- 7750: Introduction to Archival and Library Conservation
- 7770: Oral History
- 7780: Description and Access for Archives (Required for certificate)
- 7885: Cultural Heritage Institutions: Management and Leadership
Archives Practicum Projects:
Three semesters of students conducted Cass Corridor oral history interviews documenting this iconic urban melting pot of creativity. This course also interviewed people associated with the Detroit Newspaper Strike. This is being done in collaboration with Dan Golodner at the Reuther Library. Another group of students helped develop an architecture walking tour of modern buildings on campus as part of the larger Michigan Modern Project. This was done with the Detroit Historic Housing Office.
In their practicums, students have worked with prominent and unusual collections associated with the National Park Service, as well as local Detroit cultural institutions like the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Reuther Library, the Burton Historical Collection and the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan.
Additional opportunities are ample such as the Alternate Spring Break to Washington DC to work at the National Archives or other Washington DC institutions.
Digital Content Management Electives:
No required minimum number of courses. We recommend the DCM courses be taken in the order listed
- 6460: Introduction to Database Design
- 7900: Digital Libraries
- 7910: Metadata in Theory and Practice
- 7920: Digital Curation and Preservation
- 7410: Software Productivity Tools
- 7975: DCM Practicum (requires 7900-7920 be completed beforehand)
Digital Content Management Projects:
DCM students have completed a variety of hands-on projects including: designing a digital preservation process manual for a real institution; working with open source collection management tools such as Fedora and DSpace; web archiving; digital forensics or one of the many projects available virtually or in the School's Digital Media Projects Lab. WSU also has an active National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Student Group that engages in tours and demonstrations.