[Libs-Or] SJSU SLIS Offers New Digital Curation Career Pathway for Post-Master's and Graduate Students

Nicole Purviance nicole.purviance at sjsu.edu
Wed Feb 5 11:47:51 PST 2014

New Digital Curation Career Pathway Announced for Post-Master's Certificate
and MLIS Programs 


Students at the San Jose State University School of Library and Information
Science (SJSU SLIS) can now take courses that prepare them for professional
careers in digital curation. The SJSU information school recently added a
new career pathway
in digital curation for its Post-Master
<http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/programs/post-masters-certificate> 's Certificate
program students. A similar career pathway will be available starting in
fall 2014 for graduate students enrolled in the school's fully online and
ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science
s>  (MLIS) program.


Both programs' pathways incorporate courses recently added to the school's
curriculum, including two foundation courses: Digital Curation; and Tools,
Services, and Methodologies for Digital Curation. 


igital-curation>  in the digital curation pathway will introduce students to
an emerging field within the information profession. Lecturer Alyce Scott
<http://slisapps.sjsu.edu/facultypages/view.php?fac=scotta> , faculty
advisor for the new digital curation pathway
digital-curation>  in the fully online Post-Master
<http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/programs/post-masters-certificate> 's Certificate
program, says the field surrounding digital data is growing and information
professionals are a perfect fit to fill the role of digital curator.


"Digital data is here to stay, and there will continue to be a growing need
for people with the training necessary to manage it," said Scott.


Information professionals who work in digital curation have job titles like
digital preservation manager, digital curation archivist, data research
scientist, and curation tools and services developer.


Scott encourages individuals who may want to pursue a career in digital
curation to look at job descriptions in the digital and data curation field
to see if the skills required are of interest to them. For example, typical
job descriptions seek individuals with skills in technical development of
digital resources; managing digital repositories; managing activities to
preserve digitized materials; and overseeing technical standards for image,
audio, and video digitization projects.


The SJSU information school's career pathways
<http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/current-students/career-pathways>  are tools MLIS
students can use to choose electives and start their career planning. On the
school's web pages explaining each of the 13 pathways, students can find out
more about what they can expect to learn if they choose courses in that
pathway, recommended coursework, and possible employment opportunities after


The school is currently accepting applications for admission in fall 2014.
The deadline to apply for the MLIS program
ines>  is April 1, and the deadline to apply for the Post-Master
s-and-enrollment-deadlines> 's Certificate program is June 25. Fall courses
begin on August 25, 2014.



The San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science
<http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/>  (SJSU SLIS) prepares individuals for
professional careers in the information professions. SJSU SLIS offers the
following online educational programs
<http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/prospective-students/choose-your-program> : 

.         Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

.         Teacher Librarian Program

.         Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA)

.         Post-Master's Certificate in Library and Information Science

.         San Jose Gateway PhD Program


A recognized leader in online learning
<http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/prospective-students/discover-online-learning> ,
SJSU SLIS is a member of the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C). In 2013, the SJSU
information school received the Sloan-C Effective Practice Award
ward-honoring-innovation-online-learning>  in recognition of its effective
use of the Sloan-C Quality Scorecard
<http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/about-slis/scorecard>  for the Administration of
Online Education Programs. The school is also a member of Quality Matters
(QM), a faculty driven, peer review process that is designed to certify the
quality of online courses.

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