Educating archival professionals in the twenty‐first century

Elizabeth Yakel (Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Information, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)

OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives

ISSN: 1065-075X

Publication date: 1 December 2004


Archival education has progressed tremendously in the past 30 years. The numbers of archival programs, full‐time tenure track faculty and courses offered have all increased exponentially. Archival science is no longer seen as a sub‐specialization of library science or history and the efforts to legitimize archives as a separate field worthy of in‐depth inquiry at both the Master's and doctoral levels have succeeded. Most recently, however, the convergence of the information disciplines has called the distinctions between related disciplines into question. This poses both challenges and opportunities for archival education. This article places archival education in its historical and professional context, and will then discuss some of the issues relating to convergence and integration in the information professions.



Yakel, E. (2004), "Educating archival professionals in the twenty‐first century", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 20 No. 4, pp. 152-154.

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