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Opportunities for FIRM Members to Work with Graduate Students in the Archives, Records, and Information Management Specialty MLS Program, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland

The University of Maryland's graduate MLS program has a specialty in Archives, Records, and Information Management which prepares students for careers in archives, records management, and related information management fields. In addition to the coursework, the program stresses opportunities for students to gain experience and, at the same time, contribute to the work of programs in the area.

The number of students in the specialty is limited, so only a few are available at any given time.

The courses noted below are usually offered during the regular school year and not in the summer.

Practica. 605, Archival Principles, Practices and Programs and 680, Principles of Records and Information Management, both include practica of approximately 40 hours. The practica for 680 may take the form of studying the makeup of a records or information management program. Typically, the practica involve students working at the direction of an archival or records management program supervisor to carry out a specific piece of work or project. Students in 605 are beginning their course work, though our students often have considerable work experience before they begin their courses. Students in 680 are likely to have more course work.

Field Study. 703, Field Study in Archives, Records and Information Management, requires students to work at a program location for at least 110 hours. Usually, they work on a particular assignment and produce a report or product, but occasionally they take on a variety of assignments. Field Study placements are worked out through discussions among the student, the site supervisor, and the professor. Bruce Dearstyne and Chris Halonen teach this course on a rotating basis and it is usually offered every semester. Field Study students typically have several courses behind them by the time they register for this course.

Advanced Archival Administration. 732, Advanced Archival Administration, focuses on leadership and program development. Students may select the option of making a study of management and administration issues associated with a records or information management program.

Other Courses. Other courses sometimes include practica which might be of interest to FIRM members. Dr. Bruce Dearstyne can put you in touch with appropriate professors.

Graduate Assistanceships. An organization may contract with the University to establish a graduate assistanceship. Students work 20 hours per week for the organization and receive a stipend, tuition remission, and health benefits. This year, the costs are approximately $19,000 for a 10-month graduate assistant and $25,000 for a 12-month graduate assistant. There may be a modest increase for the 2000 - 2001 academic year.

Paid Positions. Some agencies have temporary or part-time positions that are suitable for graduate students because of the nature of the work and the experience and skills required. We can post these positions so that students are aware of them.

More information on the College's program, including a schedule of when courses are offered, is available from our Web site, ttp:// To discuss potential arrangements, please contact:

Dr. Bruce W. Dearstyne, Associate Professor College of Information Studies, University of Maryland 4105 Hornbake, College Park, MD 20742-4345 Phone: 301-405-2001 Fax: 301-314-9145 E-mail:

May 2000 -------------------------- Dr. Bruce W. Dearstyne Associate Professor College of Library and Information Services University of Maryland 4105 Hornbake College Park, Maryland 20742-4345 Phone: 301-405-2001 Fax: 301-314-9145 E-mail:

-- Anonymous, May 30, 2000

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