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Cultural Heritage Information Management

The Cultural Heritage Information Management (CHIM) course of study is designed to educate cultural heritage information professionals for the 21st century and prepare students for careers in cultural institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums. The CHIM course of study is designed to address the market needs created by the convergence of practice in libraries, archives, and museums. Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAM) have a huge wealth of cultural heritage resources of great importance to their communities. These institutions face the challenge of preserving such resources for future generations as well as making use of digital technology to allow patrons greater access to their collections. Thus, the CHIM course of study is a unique program to ensure that students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to help cultural heritage institutions address challenges posed by the evolving information environment.

The CUA Department of Library and Information Science offers a variety of courses that focus on CHIM. Each student will take the four required core courses, plus highly recommended specialized courses for CHIM. The student will consult with his/her advisor to plan a course of study that will best meet the student's personal and professional needs.

For experiential learning, students have the option of undertaking 120 hours of highly structured practicum under the supervision of professionals at partner institutions including Art Museum of the Americas, Corcoran School of Art and Design, Library of Congress, National Agricultural Library, National Library of Medicine, and the Smithsonian Institution. Students can work on projects such as resource management, digital content creation, preservation, and service delivery. 

Faculty supporting this course of study:
Full-time faculty: Dr. Young Choi, Dr. Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, Dr. Jane Zhang
Part-time faculty: Mary Elings, Maria Mazzenga, Sally Stokes


Required course for MSLIS degree (12 credits):

  • LSC 551 Organization of Information
  • LSC 553 Information Sources and Services
  • LSC 555 Information Systems in Library and Information Centers
  • LSC 557 The Information Professions in Society (formerly Libraries and Information in Society)

Highly recommended courses for CHIM course of study:

  • LSC 615 Metadata
  • LSC 635 Use and Users of Libraries and Information
  • LSC 648 Digital Curation
  • LSC 652 Foundations of Digital Libraries
  • LSC 677 History and Theory of Cultural Heritage Institutions
  • LSC 695 Practicum

Students choose electives from the courses listed below:

  • LSC 606 Cataloging and Classification
  • LSC 610 Web Design & Information Architecture
  • LSC 634 Humanities Information
  • LSC 641 Collection Development
  • LSC 643 Oral History
  • LSC 646 Archives Management
  • LSC 647 Preservation
  • LSC 654 Database Management
  • LSC 670 History of the Book
  • LSC 747 Special Collections
  • LSC 748 (now LSC 761) Electronic Records and Digital Archives
  • LSC 761 (formerly LSC 748) Electronic Records and Digital Archives
  • LSC 832 Rare Books
  • LSC 834 Art and Museum Libraries Institute
  • LSC 843 Public Programs, Outreach and Digital Exhibits in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
  • LSC 877 Digital Collections in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
  • LSC 879 Visions of Italy (the Rome Program)

CHIM Informational Flyer
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Professional Associations of Interest to CHIM Students

Professional associations are important sources of information about the profession, including continuing education opportunities, scholarship support, and networking. They also provide venues for presenting research. Most have student membership rates and special programs. Associations of interest in this field include:

Publications of Interest to CHIM Students

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