This Certificate of Achievement does not count as a major for an Associate Degree.

Program Description

As libraries and other types of organizations begin digitizing their local and special collection materials, this frequently means that librarians and library assistants find themselves working with archival and manuscript materials for which they have no training. Understanding how archival collections are appraised, handled, arranged, described, and preserved better prepares library staff for working with these unique materials. Similarly, libraries and other cultural heritage organizations today must ensure that digital information of long term value, both “born digital” and reformatted content, is preserved to remain accessible and usable over time. This Certificate of Achievement expands on the coursework of the Digitization Skills Certificate to include archival practices, digital image editing and digital preservation skills sets that will better prepare students for work in archives, special collections and the digitization field.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Analyze the selection and technical issues that impact the success of digital projects.
  2. Formulate strategies and tactics for preserving digital archives.
  3. Follow established protocols and standards to digitize, preserve documents and other information of long term value.
  4. Follow established protocols and metadata standards to provide access to digital objects in digital asset management systems.
  5. Analyze the relationship of the basic components and processes of archives, including inventory, appraisal, disposition, acquisition, arrangement,description, preservation, access, use, and outreach.
  6. Apply best practices for handling, arrangement and preservation of archival collections.

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required Units: 16

Required Courses

  • LIB 120 - Introduction to Archives & Special Collections (3)
  • LIB 121 - Technologies & Processes for Digital Collections (3)
  • LIB 122 - Introduction to MetaData for Digital Objects (3)
  • LIB 123 - Introduction to Copyright Issues for Digital Collections (1)
  • LIB 124 - Survey of Digital Preservation (2)
  • PHOT 030 - Introduction to Digital Image Editing (3)
  • LIB 126 - Digitization Internship (1)


Recommended Electives

  • BIT 025 - Survey of Computer Technology in Business (3) 

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