MARA Virtual Open House (January 2019)


>>Welcome everyone to today’s
Virtual Open House. We’re very excited that you’re here to listen to
some of the information we have about our Master of Archives and Records Administration program. It’s a unique program, one we’re very
proud of, but we’re going to talk to you about the iSchool and the program itself. We’ll give you an overview of the
degree, what it’s comprised of. We’ll tell you what it’s like to be an online
student, from the instructor’s perspective, and then, should Katie be joining us soon, she will be able to fill you in
on the students’ perspective. And then, we have time for
questions and answers. So, I wanted to explain to
you our administration. I’m at the top, not because I’m the top person
but because I’m talking to you right now, but I’m Dr. Pat Feinstein,
a professor in the program, and I’m also MARA Program Coordinator,
and I serve as the MARA Advisor. So, I’m the one who would talk to
you about the courses you’re taking. If you have questions on
electives, that type of thing. Dr. Hirsh, right below me, is really
the Head of the School of Information. She’s also a professor. She’s a fantastic person, very forward
looking, and so we’re very proud of the things that are happening in the iSchool. Dr. Linda Main is our Associate Director, and
she’s the coordinator, as you can see here, in Admissions and Graduate Advising. She’s the one that I go to if I don’t know all
the answers to the questions that I receive, and in addition to her, I often turn to Sheila. You’ll probably be in touch
with Sheila quite a bit. You can join us. She is what’s called an Online Student Advisor. So, I’m the Academic Advisor
about courses you should take. Sheila makes sure you figure out how
to take them; if you need permissions, if a seat’s not open in certain courses,
if you need to throw out anything for graduation, that type of thing. So, these are people that are
more in the administrative roles. And then, our primary faculty,
Dr. Daulby is with us tonight, and you’ll be hearing from her soon. Jason Kaltenbacher is not, but
he is one of our lecturers. He teaches a course each fall and
spring, and if you join us in the fall, you would be taking one course from him. Joshua Zimmerman is one of our other
lecturers, and Josh teaches the Research Methods for Archivists and Records Managers,
and he teaches that in the fall. He also May and spring semesters, not this one, offers a one credit course
in Archivists Persona. I’m just seeing that briefly as the title. It’s not a long title, but it talks about where
the idea of the Archivist as a Professional came from and how it evolved over time. It’s quite interesting. And then, this is Katie, and Katie is our
Student Assistant, and Katie’s been with us for, there she is; Katie’s on; so, hi Katie.>>Hi!>>Katie’s been with us for almost two years. It’s a year and a half now, and she’s going to
be graduating in the spring, and I’m going to be so sad because she really handles a lot for us. So, I am going to let Katie describe some of the
online resources we have, and she’ll talk to you about what she does, and
she’s a good person to ask about the student perspective
of classes later on. So, let me move over to the first slide
and, Katie, why don’t you take it away.>>Okay. Our university, the iSchool and
the MARA program, have posted a great deal of information online, and what
we’re going to show you are a lot of the sites and how we use them and stuff. Next slide, So, this is our university
and iSchool website, our web page. It’s a great place to go
and get general information, and this is actually our brand new site. So, we’ve updated it and you have access to our
blogs and information about course rotations and where to, what you’ll be
studying, and things like that. Okay. So, we have curriculum, the classes
that you can be taking that are electives, as well as what you will be
taking in the MARA program. And then, you also have access to the iStudent
blog, which is a blog for the whole program, and it does a lot of blog posts about things
like books that are coming out by some of our professors, or you could be doing a few
MARA things on it, and MLIS was there recently. So, there’s a lot of information that you
can gain from it and just a lot of knowledge. Next Slide. Social Media, this is the part where
I’m probably the most familiar with. We have Facebook and Twitter, and
we do a lot of outreach through it. This semester, this spring semester, we’re
focusing on scholarships, and last year, we focused on what kind of
social media do our alumni and our current students like
to get information from us. So, our Facebook, you can get posts about
news articles and scholarship information and job opportunities; a great place
to interact with other students. And our Twitter, we got [inaudible] Retweets and
Follow, other archives and people and museums, and especially during Archivist Day in October. There’s a hashtag ask in our [inaudible]. Follow it, and you’ll find all the
information, and retweet that and stuff. So, next slide. Okay. For the MARA blog, I work on a lot
of, most of it, all of it, and in this blog, we have what we call the Spotlight Series,
where a student or an alumni come in and write about something that they have gone through. Like Sharon went to an ARMA Chapter
meeting, and if you’re interested in going to an ARMA Chapter meeting, she tells
you what her experience was like. We have people who talk about the
CRM exam and what they’ve done and what the program has meant to them. We have professors that talk about a
program that they’re trying to advertise. It’s a great place to get some
information about the MARA program itself. Next slide. Okay. Here’s our Facebook page. As you can see in the picture, we
have a scholarship opportunity. We’re posting about a paper proposal soon. So, it’s just a great place to get information. Next slide. The VCARA blog. The VCARA is a Virtual Center [inaudible]
for Archives and Records Administration?>>Yes.>>Okay. So, VCARA is in Second Life, and this
is where you are able to meet up with alumni and students who want to be
in the setting of Second Life. You get to do, let’s see, we did a
Dickens Christmas project where some of our alumni read a Dickens Christmas story,
and they did, I’m trying to think of the word, they had props, and they had noises
like coincided with the story. It was a really great place, and it
was a great Dickens Christmas project. So, it’s a great opportunity to meet people. Next slide.>>I think this is mine. Thank you, Kegan. All right. So, now I’ll talk to you a
little bit about the program. When I, it was developed,
it came out of the idea that the MLIS program did have a career
pathway with Archives and Reference Unit but not enough information about those topics. And so, the school decided that they would
create a separate second degree program. So, we’re similar to the MLIS in that
we’re an independent degree program. However, we have no library science in it. So, when you hear somebody say, an
ALA [phonetic], accredited school; ALA is American Library Association, but
it’s not the school that’s accredited; it really would be the program, and the
program would be the MLIS Master Library and Information Science because it’s a library
program, you know, so that’s what ALA does. But the MARA program really is year
2 Archives, Records Administration and Information Governance, and
therefore there’s no one association that would certify this type of program. Our whole institution is
certified, so we’re fine there, but I’m talking about a professional
certification. So, in this case, our students
must become certified on their own once they enter
the professional realm, and that means that they
really know what they’re doing. So, we looked at our core competencies for ARMA
International Records Management Association, and we looked at site of
American Archivist Guidelines for their graduate programs,
what were they looking for? But then, we also looked at the certification
examinations for the professionals. So, if you want to be a certified Records
Manager, what do you need to know? And that came from the Institute
of Certified Records Managers. We also looked at if you want to be a
Certified Archivist, what do you need to know? And that too came from the
Academy of Certified Archivists. And so, we put all of that together and created
curriculum with courses that should deliver all of this to you, and we’re very
proud, and I’ll explain to you in a minute why we believe we
have been quite successful. But along the way, something else popped up, and it was the Information
Governance Professional Certification. That also came from the Records
Management field, from ARMA, but this time it was looking at, beyond just
the archives or the records, at a whole variety of skills that one would need if they
were going to look at all information that was not just managed and
preserved but actually used, analyzed, utilized within the organization. And so, we created two courses that, in fact, one of them started right the
same time the very first exam went out for the Information Governance Professional, and it is the Information Governance
course that Lisa, Dr. Daulby, teaches. And then, she has a second
course that complements it. It’s Information Assurance. Those two are excellent courses that
prepare you to look beyond the traditional. So, this also is incorporated into our program. And now, I can show you why we’re pretty
confident that we’ve done it right and that we’re maintaining it well. The ICRM, the Institute for Certified
Records Managers, has an agreement with us that once our students finish the MARA
program, they will receive credit for parts one through five of six-part examination. Normally, you pay, it’s $100 each section; so,
you’d pay like $500 for these first five exams, but they certify that with
the content of our courses. Should you graduate from the
program, you will get credit for it. And then, if you want to become a certified
Records Analyst, you could immediately request that once the graduation has been certified
through our university and if you have one year of work experience, or if
you take our Internship or our Organizational Consulting Project course; either one of those will qualify
for that one year of experience. So, it’s really, I think, a very good indication
that the ICRM is very pleased with this program and the content that we have that would prepare
you for working in the Records Management field. But we also, at the same time, have the
Academy of Certified Archivists take a look at our courses and evaluate them to see how
well we were satisfying their requirements for skills that archivists would need. And of our 11 required courses,
10 were approved by them and are actually posted on their website. The one that was not is the Internship
Organizational Consulting Project, only because that’s never the same for anybody. It’s always different, and so
they couldn’t look at content. They could say, “Oh, yes,
that satisfied this skill.” It might satisfy different skills for everybody. So, we are very proud of this. Wat this means here is that when you attempt
to take the exam to be a certified archivist, you have to prove that you had education
that satisfies their requirements to sit for that exam as a student, and
our courses qualify for that. And there are two electives I’ll talk about
a little later that also have been approved. Those are the two info courses that are also on
the ACA website, and those are also pre-approved for anyone who’s wishing
to sit for the ACA exam. Now, the reason we don’t get credit for
that exam is they only have one part of it is the 100-question exam,
and so they do want to see that you take that, but that
which you qualify for. So, we’re really pleased that, we believe
this program will instill the qualities and the qualifications that you
need in order to satisfy the needs for Records Management or Archival positions. And more and more, we’re seeing Information
Governance positions coming along, and you are certainly qualified for
those as well when you graduate. So, this is what we call our
Program Learning Outcomes. They’re the core competencies
that every graduate must satisfy. What that means is through the
courses that we’ve put together, we know that if you take a passage course to the
required assignments, the readings, and so on, you will be able to do these things a through
j. And for example, in b, recognize the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of
records, record keeping, or record use; and that really explains where to look
at records for business, for example, or government, because, well, we have a
lot of issues with the economic dimensions. That’s where you’re keeping things for finance,
right, for tax purposes, for contracts, accounts receivable and payable for customers. But although at the same time, we’re looking
at society, and through the government, what kind of records have
to be kept for society. And certainly, your identification, so that
at some point you collect social security. I mean, those are the kind of records
that are really important there. And cultural, just think
about our National Archives and the Declaration of Independence
that’s there. So, these are all the kinds of records that
we’re talking about when we talk about the goals of the Archivist and the Records
Manager to preserve those records. So, you’ll see a number of other
competencies here on the list. What happens is each student
will prepare an e-Portfolio that will demonstrate how they have mastered
this through the assignments that you do, and you have to keep track of those assignments. I’ll explain that a little bit later too. So, what are the required courses? Well, I said that 11 courses are
required, but actually you need 42 credits. So, there are three more courses that are
like this, but these are the required courses, and you’ll see that when we talk about
record-keeping professions, that’s Archivists and Records Managers as well,
and Information Governance. And you see in the next course, Management
for Records in Archival Institutions, that’s sits intertwined; and when we
look at Records Creation and Appraisal, we’re actually talking about Appraisal too
from the archival point of view as well as from the Records Management point of view. So, there’s the course I teach there
that I’m really having fun with, Enterprise Content, Mutual Preservation. We would actually be working in Office 365
and Surepoint online for half of the course, and then you’d be working in Perservaco
[phonetic],which is a terrific commercial of environment for digital preservation. So, you’d be getting hands-on
experience through that course. Now, this, I mentioned a portfolio
that you would have to create. This is the beginning of Rachel’s
e-Portfolio, and at the top you see Home, Competencies, Inclusion, and Affirmation. Well, the competencies would be those
listed a, b, c, d, all the way through j, and in addition to the intro that Rachel has
here explaining what this e-Portfolio is about. She, under the Competency tab, would
explain what the competency means, the kind of evidence she has to support it. She’d have links to her work that shows that
she’s done that, and she would explain how that will be useful to her in
her current or future career. This is a course rotation
schedule they wanted to show you at the bottom here in the last two rows. Oh, I’m going to let Lisa take over. I see that. I should be doing that, so
Lisa, if you have your mic up, can you just pick up where I left off?>>I just want to say hello and move
on, and welcome to the MARA Open House. I’m very excited to be speaking with you today. I am speaking to you, actually, from Toronto. Ontario, Canada, where I live, and I have
been teaching in the MARA program since 2009, which means I have had the pleasure
to work with all MARA students. I teach in a number of courses
in the MARA program. Again, welcome, and I’m going to be speaking
to you right now about the course rotation and other aspects of the online experience. But any questions during the session,
if you have or, you know, just ping me, or if you have any questions later, please feel
free to send me an email, and both Dr. Franks and I will put our emails in the discussion
area, the chat area in a few minutes. This important slide is one sample
of the actual course rotation. So, if you’re a student entering in the
fall 2009, this would be your schedule. This is just one sample; I like to call it the
Happy Path that the school has created for you. This is the sample of a course that, a
course selection program that will get you through the program in three year, definite. I think it’s just a helpful tool,
but it is by no way required. We’ve had students go through this program
in two-year program, two-year progress, as well as, you know, five or six years. And so, absolutely, this is just one
[inaudible] but what students really like about this program,
according to our access service, is that it’s the flexibility of the program. They can finish in two years, or
they can finish in six, seven years, and they can, you know, take a term off. We all have family issues. You know, people have, women giving
birth and have family issues, and so that’s what’s really awesome about this
program is that although this is the, you know, the prescribed program, you can take courses
in and on when it’s convenient for you. And obviously, you are not alone
when you are picking your courses because you have your faculty
advisor, which would be Dr. Franks, who would help you all along
the way in picking your courses. In order to allow students the opportunity
to really customize their program based on their own interests, students select
three additional electives from the MRIS, or Info Program, during the
course of their program. As you can see from this extensive
listing, there are some awesome courses, including like Digital [inaudible], the Information Privacy,
Product Management, Web 2.0. I often say, Karen, I really wish I was
a student so that I could, you know, have the opportunity to take courses myself because they are really cutting
edge and relevant to the industry. So, this listing was really, was reviewed
and approved by the MARA Advisory Committee, and we haven’t spoken about that, but we
have a committee of experts that advise us on our curriculum, and so these courses
were really selected by them and made up of, the committee is made up of
industry experts in the field. And so, when you take these electives, you
can ensure that the electives provide you with the real skills you need
to succeed in the profession. I think that the electives really are like just
an awesome, actually, educational complement to the really core [inaudible] courses
that we’re providing in the MARA program. Next slide. Again, within the MARA program, students
can choose to take advanced certifications to complement and enhance their degree. Here’s a selection of just three. I can easily be, these can easily be
accomplished by selecting the right electives, and I’ll talk about that in the next slide. But we have three pathways, a Digital
Asset Management, Information Governance, Assurance and Security, and Digital Analytics
and Decision Making, and these are really like hot topics within the field. But next slide, and I can provide a
little bit more information on that. So, what is important from the previous slides? What is important to remember that when you are
selecting the electives to do that carefully because if you do it right, you
can select the right courses, and then qualify to get these
like awesome certifications. So, for example, you’re already required
to take MARA 284 and Information Governance and Information Secure and
Information Assurance. So, if you added this one extra course as
an elective, which was called Cybersecurity, you would qualify to have one of
these additional certifications, which looks awesome on your resume. And so, it’s just like an [inaudible],
you know, coming to the program because we have these amazing certifications. And I think I’ll take you through
what a MARA course really looks like. If you joined in the program, one of the first
courses you will take is called MARA 200, and I teach that, and it’s
probably my favorite course. It’s called Recordkeeping and the Recordkeeping
Professional in Society and History. It is a fundamental course, which all
other courses will later build upon. The course really begins by exploring
the relationship between archives and the professional associations and
the publications we produce and our Code of Ethics and our Code of Conduct. And then, the course really
looks at the relationship between our professional association, as
well, our profession and our professions between archives and information security,
information privacy, our library colleagues, all of the other professions that are really
in this space, and we really look at, you know, our relationship between our professions. We then move to, you know, the
professional functions of an Archivist. We talked about [inaudible]
description, preservation, outreach. The course is really a great bond between
practical application of the profession and the theoretical construct s we need to
understand as Records Managers and Archivists. And then, at the end of the course, we
really get into some really great stuff, and this is the work the students like the most,
according to our surveys, is that they really like to understand the positive records and
trust and collective memory and records, how its power and its relationship
to your own rights [phonetic]. And really, we close the course with
an analysis of records at archives and the transformational change that
is happening in our profession due to electronic records and data management. So, this is just a really awesome screen shot because this is really what
a typical course looks like. I just want to say that the
content is available 24/7 in Canvas, which is our Learning Management System
and, typically, a course, it looks like this on our main page, and it’s divided into six
units, and each unit will have a lecture, a pre-recorded lecture from your
instructor, and it’s always our lectures and our content is always especially made for
people with learning disabilities, as an aside. So, when you’re in every single
lecture, you will be assigned readings. You will be assigned discussions for every
single week, and then you will have assignments, typically, three assignments a semester, and
you will work on that throughout the semester. And also, because this is just
a Learning Management System, but most instructions will add on
to this Learning Management System. You will be getting Zoom lectures like
you’re getting tonight, or Skype, or Webex, and other social media, and blogs. So, we use social media in our course content
beyond just what the Learning Management System, what you’re seeing right now. I think I might be back to you, Pat.>>That is, yes. Yes, and I was going to say, by the way, use a
plan for like Zoom, we don’t require attendance, so normally, you’ll see that those are
used for a supplement to the course, or students use them for
group projects, for example. Our programs are asynchronous, so you
can be very successful in them by working through the courses, as Lisa had
mentioned, that are open 24/7. You just have to make sure that you
do your assignments when they are due, which is usually at the end of a week
but can be a couple of weeks or a couple of months if it’s a major project. This, Problem and Performance Page, if
you’re wondering about the program itself, the quality of the program,
this is where we report out. The university requires all
programs to have a page like this so our MARA Program Performance page will have
a lot of information you may be interested in. One of them with the external
inputs to the curriculum, and that’s where Katie has created
a Job Survey the last two years, and that’s the most recent one is posted there. She went through probably two months of job
descriptions for our purpose, Records Managers, Information Governance Professionals,
gathered that data, analyzed it, and put the information out there for you. What we do is track that to see what
we need in the curriculum to make sure that we are still continuing to prepare students for the most recent requests
out there in the job market. But there is much more information
there for you as well. So, you might be wondering why
would you take MARA at SJSU. These are comments from the
students that have graduated. As they’re leaving, there’s an exit survey, and
they always mention a quality faculty program, the technology, but most of all, the
other students that they learn from. We have such a collaborative approach in
our classes, where we expect everybody to work together so that everyone can succeed,
that students really learn from one another. There is a diverse student body with different
types of experiences that all come together in order to better understand
the needs of, well, records, recordkeeping across the spectrum. Now, you’re also going to have an
opportunity to learn from experts; I didn’t mention guest lectures that we have; our Second Life Student Archives program also
puts on guest lectures that are available if you don’t want to go into Second
Life, to listen to through Zoom. We had one, not too long ago,
on artificial intelligence where the robot actually did
part of the presentation. And then, of course, the cost. It’s $474 a unit. You have 42 required units. That’s 14 courses, and so the
entire program is $19,908. So, you only pay for what you take. So, if you take one course a semester,
that’s what you’re paying for. And the application process right now,
what we’re doing is recruiting for fall. Students are going to be beginning the spring
semester very soon, and the next opportunity to join us is in August, and
the information is online now. You could see that for the fall our
document deadline is a little later in May, but you’ve got to apply by
May 1st, if you want to come. We don’t have a cap, an upper cap. What we do is look at your bachelor’s GPA. If it’s 3.0 or above, then you will get in. If it’s not, there is no way that
you can get in until you raise that because we don’t take
letters of recommendation. We don’t look at work experience. We’re not allowed to. All we can do is have our university
look at those transcripts for that 3.0. Now, what they do though is if the 3.0 isn’t
there at the end, the complete final grade, they will look at your last 60 units
of credit to see was that a 3.0. If that was, then you could still be accepted. If that was not, then what we recommend is you
take a course or two somewhere else and raise that GPA, and then come back and apply
again, and a number of people have done that. So, I also wanted to mention that we have
scholarships available for new students. You could never count on the
scholarships paying your way here. It’s not like for a bachelor’s degree,
and we are, you know, a public university, so we don’t have the kind of money
that a private university does. But newly admitted students can apply
for one of five different scholarships in the regular session or a special
session, and you are in special session if you’re a MARA student that is
— the regular session only means that you might live near campus and get
a different fee, which is almost similar to what you’re paying if you’re
a special session student anyway. So, in MARA, though, what I’ve told you
as far as the cost is exactly what it is. So, you can always check out this page
to see what else might be available. It’s always nice to get one of these, but you
probably, if you don’t have your own funding, would be with financial aid for this. So, I’m going to stop right now and ask if
you have any questions, and I’m also going to stop the screen sharing or the slides; so, if
you want to quickly jot down the email address, you can do that, but in a minute, we’ll also put
our email addresses in the Chat area for you. So, right now, let me go back to
the session itself, and I’m back. And if any of you now would like to turn off
your, or turn on your mics, I should say, unmute yourself, if you have questions. Put on your videos if you’d
like to be seen, please do that. And anyone have a question for us? You can raise your hand or just
go ahead and ask your question. Who is [inaudible]? And no, did you see how the name pops up if
you laugh, or you cough, your name is there, and if you have your video on too.>>Oh, okay. Okay.>>That’s what it does, and
it’s very sensitive, yeah. Any questions at all from those of you on the –>>I have a question.>>Go. Introduce yourself and then ask.>>All right. I’m Savannah Erickson [phonetic], and I
have a question about the discussions. Are they conducted in say like
a manner that we’re doing now, or is it simply something done online through
say just a typed-in discussion, comments, or is it something more that
requires you to be at the same place at the same time as everyone else in a class?>>No, we’re asynchronous, so my classes will
open on a Monday, and there will be lectures. There will be readings, and
there will be discussions. And you would click on the Discussion, and you
have — for me, we’re all a little different, but for me, you would have to answer
the questions by Thursday evening so that other people have the rest of
the week in order to read your answers and respond if they would like to. So, when I open class on a Monday,
I expect all discussions to be done by the following Sunday night, and then
the following Monday, anyone will open. It’s always in the Learning Management System,
along with the lectures and the other materials, links to outside readings, whatever it may be.>>Okay. Thank you.>>Hi. Mine is, my course
is exactly the same way.>>Good. Then two of us agree. And there are a few that might start
on a different day, might say there — I thought I saw somebody doing
like Friday through Thursday. I don’t know why, unless it
fit better with their schedule, and they didn’t want to have
to work on the weekend. When we allow you to go until Sunday night, that
means we’re usually beyond Saturday or Sunday, making sure that you don’t have any issues
that you can’t deal with on your own. So, it might be that, but — And I’m going to look at the Chat area
and see if we have any questions here, and I’m hearing are these certifications
only for MARA, or also, I know I asked –>>Just MARA because the MLIS, if
you’re taking a look at the Archives and Records career pathway in
there, you’re electing electives, and so not all programs are
the same for every student, although there is guidance for a career pathway. But there is no guarantee
that everybody is going to do what is needed in order to be approved. But as CRM, so it’s just for MARA, and the
certified, Academy of Certified Archivists, students who take those courses can apply,
but it just means that they’re going to have to be looked at individually. They’ll have to show their transcripts. MARA students don’t. MARA students take class, graduate,
and so everybody knows what they take. In the MLIS, we don’t know that, all
right; we can always be different. So, it is different. What is Second Life? Well, many, many years ago, it was
excitement about avatars in other worlds, virtual worlds, and that’s what second life is. So, it started here on our campus in 2007, and
when I came, I think I started with a student at the time, a Virtual Center for
Archivists and Records in 2009. We’re celebrating our tenth year. We’re going to have ou Tenth Annual
Conference this coming spring. It’s a way for a small group of
students who happen to really like that virtual environment
to get together to plan things. So, there are different activities that we do. It’s not for everyone, and I often
hear people say, well, [inaudible]. There are sites in there where people
do simulations like fighting fires. There are help simulations in there. That’s not what we do. What we usually do is look for our interests. Do we want to have speakers on topics, like
I said, on artificial intelligence, robotics? So, we’re looking at library services, and we’re looking at something else
like, you know, museums, for example. We’re going to be touring
a museum in the spring. So, everything that’s created
is in a virtual world. We use Linden’s, like everybody’s
excited about cryptocurrency now, but actually we’ve been turning our dollars
into Linden’s for years and buying objects and buildings and clothing
and things like that as well. So, if you’re interested in that, you can
always ask me about it, and I could have one of the people who works in it can show you. Even if you decide not to come to us, though,
we’d be welcome to give you an orientation. We’d like to show that off a little. We even had a book based on it; and some of
our students wrote chapters for that book. So, they’re now published authors as well, and
two students I know, I’m thinking, one student and I just put in a paper for a conference on
Computer Technology that’s going to be held in Portugal in May, and it was accepted. And so, she will be representing
us there in Portugal. Yes. And Katie is explaining because Katie is
our representative to the Student Associations for VCARA, and she said beautifully,
“It’s where users create, connect, and chat with others from around the world.” Are there security certifications
available for the MLIS? The MLIS is different. I recommend that you go to
one of their Open Houses. I don’t know of any agreements they have
for any type of certification like that, but that’s something definitely that
you should bring up at the Open House. It may be something that they can negotiate
because they do have this Cybersecurity course, and they have some other courses like that. It would be, I think, really
interesting to pose that question and see if you could perhaps spark
some interest in following that up. Any other questions? If you’d like to, just grab the mic. Please do that.>>Hi there. Can you hear me?>>Yes, I can.>>Oh, hi. My name is Ellis Martin. Thank you all so much for being here. This has been super informative. I just have a question. My background is in small academic
museums and small clear archives, and I have a lot of experience with kind of
cobbling together with open source software, and I was just wondering what’s
the relationship to, you know, working with like those hard
kinds of tech skills? Do you do any, is there like
kind of [inaudible] house? Is that folded into the program
at all for asset management? Yeah.>>Well, you know, we have, I
mentioned the course I teach where we use Preserve a code
[phonetic] for digital preservation. Students actually follow the OAS model and
create submission packages, bring them in, migrate, that type of thing,
and then make them available through Word Press for, you
know, universal access. Other instructors in the MLIS program offer
courses that if you are interested in that and recommend you take as your three electives. One of the instructors does
Digital Curation that was mentioned; preservation, where they use Content BM. We do have a Digital Asset
Management course as well where all that you could look into for an elective. I don’t know exactly what goes on in
there, but I do know that a number of our instructors do include
different types of software. We have one that we offer
through our MARA program. It’s a two-credit elective each fall; it’s on
Digital Forensics, and that also is a hands-on. Software is introduced there, and I
think they’re using BitCurator in there, and in fact I’ll be meeting
with that instructor this week and with the Cybersecurity instructor
to see what we can do with that. So, I’m not sure that I answered
your question, but it depends. We have only, I believe, one
or two museum-related courses, if that’s really what you are looking at. Other universities have programs
in it; we do not. But if you wanted a strictly
museum-related course, you’d have to look at the MLIS electives, and you could take
that if you were in the MARA program.>>Okay. Thank you so much.>>Okay. Any others? Okay. I would like to stop right here then, and thank you all for being
here; really appreciate it. And if you have any questions, Dr. Daulby
and Katie and I will put our email addresses in the Chat area for you so
that you could contact us, and we’ll be glad to answer them for you.