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MLIS Archival Studies stream

Coordinator, Archives Stream Prof. Eun Park  email

For admissions, registration, & administrative questions, please contact:
Ms. Kathryn Hubbard, Administrative & Student Affairs Coordinator  email


Practice settings

Archivists and records managers work in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings, ‎including cultural heritage institutions (archives, museums, historical societies, and special ‎libraries), records and information centers in government agencies, corporations, colleges and ‎universities, religious organizations, and non-profit organizations.

Primary responsibilities

Archivists and records managers manage records in both paper and electronic formats as ‎organizational memory and information assets through several activities. Archivists mainly deal ‎with historical records and do activities, including acquisition, appraisal, selection, arrangement, ‎description, conservation, and preservation. Records managers play their roles in the management ‎of forms, reports, correspondence, email and electronic records, workflow analysis, records center ‎operations, inventory, classification, filing, retention, and disposition. Archivists and records ‎managers develop and manage recordkeeping systems and provide access to records used for ‎organizational memory, strategic management, decision-making, research and development, and ‎legal compliance. ‎

Examples of job titles

Archivists, preservation librarians, special collections librarians, manuscript curators, ‎ records managers, records analysts, document managers, forms managers, reports managers, ‎computer system managers, information managers, records center supervisors, digital resources ‎managers. ‎

Potential employers

Archives, museums, historical societies, special libraries, university archives, special collections ‎or rare books division in university libraries; records centers or records management department ‎in government agencies (Library and Archives of Canada, Canadian Heritage Information ‎Network, Treasury Board of Canada), IT companies, financial institutions (banks, insurance ‎companies), manufacturing companies, law firms, school boards, nonprofit organizations and ‎religious organizations.



Students should consult with their advisors to select electives that best support individual ‎interests. Note that students may select any GLIS course as an elective, provided they have the ‎required prerequisites. ‎


Normal Course Plan Year 1

Year 1, Semester 1

GLIS 601 Information and Society

GLIS 617 Information System Design

GLIS 645 Archival Principles & Practice

GLIS 660 Records Management

Year 1, Semester 2

GLIS 611 Research Principles and Analysis

GLIS 620 Information Agency Management

GLIS 641 Archival Arrangement & Description

GLIS 642 Preservation Management


Professional associations ‎

For further information on archives and records management, visit the following professional ‎associations in the field: