Digital Archives and Records Management

The role of archivists and records managers is to organize, describe, interpret, manage and provide access to materials created in the present and those inherited from the past, and to preserve them for use in the future. They are also responsible for reliability and authenticity in electronic records. Increasingly archivists and records managers are involved with the digitization and digital management of our records and cultural heritage in order to make documents and materials accessible online. Read more about the Digital Archives and Records Management career pathway.

All new students in the Post-Master's Certificate program begin their studies by completing a one-unit course that introduces them to our school's sophisticated online learning environment: 203 Online Learning: Tools and Strategies for Success.

Certificate students with a focus in Digital Archives and Records Management choose a total of 15 units from any of the courses listed below:

  • Info 256: Archives and Manuscripts
  • Info 259: Preservation Management
  • Info 281: Seminar in Contemporary Issues: Topic: Metadata
  • Info 284: Seminar in Archives and Records Management– with offerings in electronic records, encoded archival description, oral history, digitization and digital preservation, special collections in a Web 2.0 world, characteristics and curation of new digital media, digital curation, photographic archives and more from which to choose. This course (284) is repeatable with different content up to 12 units. . To see all 284 topics select 284  from the drop down menu-then topics.
  • Info 294: Internships (Place Based and Virtual). Note:  Certificate students can take only one internship for a maximum of 3 units.
  • Masters of Archives and Records Administration offerings* (MARA Course Descriptions) which focus heavily on records.

In order to see detailed information regarding course content, check out the class syllabi.

Courses are regularly updated to ensure they include the most current content possible. When you are enrolled in a course, you'll have access to the current syllabus for that course, before it begins. As a certificate program student, you are not required to meet prerequisites, but the instructors will expect you to keep up with the class.

*If you are interested in choosing any of the courses indicated above from the Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) program, note that these courses are offered in a specific sequence. All MARA courses are not offered each semester. To find out when specific MARA courses will be offered, visit the MARA class offerings web page.

Effective Fall 2014 – After completing 16 units required in the Post-Master’s Certificate program, as a final step before earning their certificate, students demonstrate their mastery of the program's student learning outcomes by:

  1. Selecting a communication technology tool of their choice (e.g. screencast, blog)
  2. Using the selected communication technology tool to briefly illustrate how their course work helped them master the Post-Master’s Certificate program's overarching student learning outcomes, as follows:  
  • Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies
  • Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information