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Archives and Records Management Concentration


The Concentration of Study in Archives and Record Management (ARM) at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work in archives, special collections, historical societies, records management units within organizations, and various other curatorial environments. The principles and practices of ARM are based on provenance, collection-level arrangement, and attention to context, all of which are becoming increasingly relevant with the massive explosion of information across all sectors of society.

Students with an ARM concentration can pursue either the M.S. in Information Science or the M.S. in Library Science degree. Preparation for a career in archives and records management is not associated specifically with either one of the master’s degrees at SILS.

Why Study Archives and Record Management?

People and organizations leave documentary traces (e.g. letters, reports, photographs, maps, e-mail messages, web pages, videos) that will inform the future about contemporary life.  This documentary heritage will be essential for developing appropriate policies, holding public officials accountable, protecting the rights of citizens, promoting organizational sustainability, conveying social memory, and allowing individuals to understand their own identities in relation to the past.

The amount of information being generated continues to grow every day, but this does not mean information will be available, usable, or understandable in the future.  A new generation of information professionals will be needed to appraise, describe, preserve, interpret, and provide meaningful access to records. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the SILS faculty are world-renowned for leadership and contributions to the archives and preservation field, particularly in the area of digital preservation. Our graduates are shaping the archival profession and meeting the challenges of the information age.

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates who completed the ARM concentration have accepted positions such as:

  • Archives Technician at National Archives and Records Administration
  • Archivist, City of Vancouver
  • Digital Archivist, Apollo Theater, New York
  • Library and Archives Manager/Chief Archivist, Nantucket Historical Association
  • Program Coordinator/Digital Collections Specialist in Learning Sciences, Vanderbilt University
  • Project Cataloger at Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Reference, Instruction, and Digital Services Librarian at John J Burns Library, Boston College

Getting Started

SILS students should complete the Intention to Pursue Concentration in Archives & Records Management (ARM) Form. The Archives and Records Management Course Advising Grid provides guidance on planning your course of study.

If you would like to gain knowledge in this area, but do not want to pursue the formal concentration, consider following the specialization course grid.

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

SILS students pursuing the ARM concentration can develop their skills through field experience placements and assistantships at a variety of organizations and initiatives, including:

With Chapel Hill’s close proximity to Raleigh, the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina State University, and Duke University, students can also pursue opportunities in various settings such as public archives, colleges and universities, museums and cultural heritage sites, photographic and film collections, public libraries, foundations, government agencies, and corporations.


Lara BaileyQuestions?

Contact Lara Bailey
Graduate Programs Assistant Director or 919-962-7601