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San Jose State University SLIS, Sandra Hirsh, PhD Professor and Director: View From the Top

The School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University has been educating information professionals for more than five decades. Our fully online Master of Library and Information Science program features a dozen career pathways, including Archival Studies and Records Management.

Recognizing the emerging career opportunities for records managers in diverse industries, such as government agencies, law firms, media organizations, financial corporations, and insurance companies, in 2008, we introduced the Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA) program. It is our School's second fully online master's degree program.

The MARA program addresses the demand for highly skilled information governance professionals who have the education and experience to solve increasingly complex management challenges. As the volume of digital data increases exponentially, many organizations' existing platforms are no longer efficient, and they are taking steps to simplify their content management infrastructures.

To ensure the MARA program meets the needs of current and future information governance professionals, the curriculum was developed referencing several professional organizations, including ARMA International, the Society of American Archivists, the Institute of Certified Records Managers, and the Academy of Certified Archivists. Courses focus on both theory and practice of information governance.

MARA students learn to build and execute plans for preserving, managing, protecting, and providing access to growing amounts and expanding varieties of digital content-from audio and video, to social media and email. In addition, they become familiar with the myriad laws and regulations governing records, and they learn to develop legally defensible recordkeeping programs.

San Jose State University
School of Library and Information Science
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0029

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