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New graduate program in preservation of information

From: Frank DeSanto <fdesanto>
Date: Friday, March 23, 2007
For centuries, archivists have preserved the documents that record
history. Now with the explosive growth in new forms of media,
archival science is adapting to meet the challenge.

The University of Michigan School of Information (SI) has added a
new specialization in Preservation of Information to respond to the
urgent need for expertise in preservation, digital curation, and Web
archiving.

   "SI offers the greatest breadth of preservation management
    courses of any institution in the United States or Canada," says
    Associate Professor Elizabeth Yakel, coordinator of the new
    specialization.

   "Our faculty have extensive professional experience in this area
    and are among the top researchers in the field. Our program
    strengths include our strong focus on archival practice and
    digital technologies. And our home at the University of Michigan
    gives us access to a formidable set of preservation resources,
    labs, collections, and more."

Graduates will be well-prepared for careers as data and digital
curators, preservation officers and managers, Web archivists,
digital collections managers, digital reformatting specialists,
digital preservation project managers, and more.

The specialization is one of nine the School offers--six of which
are newly launched--that prepare students for careers in a broad
range of long-established and newly emerging fields.

   "Our specializations give students more choice and more
    flexibility than ever before," says Judy Lawson, director of
    academic and career services.

   "They also respond to the needs of organizations in hot fields
    like social computing. Employers want graduates with a deep
    understanding of how to manage information and at the same time
    make it easily accessible to users. SI is staying ahead of the
    curve."

    **** Moderator's comments: See <URL:http://www.si.umich.edu/go>
    for information on the school's other programs

The multidisciplinary School of Information has a rich history of
innovative teaching and path-breaking research. The School also
offers dual master's degrees in business, law, medicine, nursing,
public policy, and social work, and a Ph.D. in information.

Details about the School are available at

    <URL:http://www.si.umich.edu/go>

or by calling 734-763-2285.

Frank DeSanto
Communications
School of Information
University of Michigan
2258 SI North
1075 Beal Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2112
734-647-7313
Fax: 734-647-8045


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